Seattle Is First Major City To Close All Public Schools

Seattle’s Fox affiliate reports:

The Seattle Public School District will close for at least two weeks amid concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus. The district announced the closure in a message sent to families. “The decision to close the district was extremely difficult,” the message said.

“We know that closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer. We are working with partners and the city to determine how to best mitigate the impact closing schools will have on working families.”

SPS is the largest school district in the state with more than 50,000 students. The closure will begin Thursday (March 12).