Planet Desk | 14 March 2020 | 6:46 pm
More and more states in the USA are taking decisions to shut schools and colleges in the wake of the quick spread of the novel coronavirus which has so far reached 50 states, infecting at least 2,329 and killing 50 across the country. School closures across the states are being done in order to limit the spread of virus as President Donald Trump on March 13 declared a national emergency over the virus.
At least 19 states in the country have announced the shutdown of educational institutions involving all public, private and charter schools, to just public schools. The states which have gone for school closures are Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The latest state to that list is Washington, DC. All public schools in this state will remain closed throughout the month of March starting from March 16 because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). During the period, students will participate in online learning over last week of the month, announced the authorities.
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On the other hand, millions of students across the USA have already gone or set to be out of the schools due to concerns from the coronavirus.
According to a report by an organization called ‘Education Week’, at least 21 million students (2 crore and 10 lakhs) in the United States have been or will be affected by the closures. The report says schools are closing for many reasons related to coronavirus, including exposures, cleaning, or planning for extended closures.
To note, there are 1,32,853 public and private schools in the U.S. and almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Source : CNN