Schools monitoring, preparing for COVID-19

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Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the mass wave of cancelations that were announced Thursday, Page County Public Schools posted the following on its website about 3 p.m. today:

Page County Public Schools is continually monitoring the developments of the Coronavirus as we are in communications with both our local and state health departments, as well as the state department of education and our surrounding divisions. 

“We will now be using Monday as a workday for our staff to make further preparations – students WILL NOT report. 

“As for tomorrow, Friday, March 13th, you as the parent/guardian may decide to keep your child home if you prefer and we will excuse the absence. 

“We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.”

Among the many cancellations announced on Thursday:

  • The governor of Maryland is closing all schools in the state from March 16 through March 27, and is limiting public gatherings to less than 250;
  • The Kennedy Center is cancelling upcoming performances;
  • Major League Baseball is moving Opening Day back two weeks, and cancelling spring training;
  • The NBA has cancelled the remainder of its season (announced Wednesday night);
  • The NCAA has canceled March Madness, the men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournament;
  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is cancelling all major events in state government for the next 30 days;
  • The Virginia High School League is cancelling Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 state championships for boys and girls basketball scheduled for Friday and Saturday;
  • Federal and state workers, where possible, are being asked to work from home;
  • Loudoun County public schools have also announced closures.

These are just some of the long list of closures and cancellations that are driving Wall Street into a panic. The Dow jones Industrial Average fell 10 percent today, losing more than 2,000 points. It was the worst single day at the NYSE since 1987.

Stay with PageValleyNews.com for the latest updates on local actions being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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