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All Florida schools closing for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

Closures by mandate of state
Posted at 5:47 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 20:23:19-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — All schools in Florida will be closed for the next two weeks because of the coronavirus.

School districts statewide said the Florida Department of Education ordered the closures.

The decision comes on the same day that Palm Beach County Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy said schools would be closed all next week and the following week.

Multiple school districts announced on Twitter that the state has mandated public schools remain closed for an additional week beyond spring break.

That means the earliest students could return to school is March 30.

"Keeping students healthy and safe is my No. 1 priority, and that is why we are recommending that districts follow the CDC's (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance for Florida," Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said.

The department also announced that the start of state testing will be delayed for at least two weeks.

Click here for a complete list of school district break dates.