Ohio Governor Orders Schools to Close for Three Weeks

The potential spread of Corona virus Covid-19 has led Ohio Governor Mike Dewine to order all K-12 public, private and charter schools to close for a period of at least three weeks, starting March 16th. The order begins after the close of school on Monday, March 16th.

Some area schools have already gotten a head start on that order, closing school for Friday, March 13th and Monday, March 16th. They include Circleville City, Logan Elm, Westfall and Teays Valley, Wilmington and East Clinton Schools.

Waverly City Schools are closing Monday, March 16th instead of waiting until after class that day.

Washington CH and Miami Trace Schools will operate on two hour delays for Friday, March 13th.

In a Friday press conference, Governor Dewine said "We have today again consulted with experts, so we are announcing today that children in the state will have an extended spring break of 3 weeks. We will review it afterwards. This will begin on Monday."

Dewine says they will review the status of Coronavirus in the state, near the end of the three week period to determine whether schools should be allowed to resume. The Ohio High School Athletic Association had earlier suspended remaining winter state sports tournament activities.

A ban was also placed on "indoor public gatherings" that included more than 100 people. EXEMPTIONS to Ohio's new ban on mass gatherings with 100+ people includes weddings, funerals, airports, stores, bus & train stations, schools, restaurants, hospitals, and typical office environments.

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