Coronavirus school closings: Ohio, Maryland become first states to shut all K-12 schools
Erin Richards, USA TODAY Published 5:10 p.m. ET March 12, 2020 | Updated 5:59 p.m. ET March 12, 2020CLOSE Coronavirus can be scary to adults, but for kids it can be even more difficult to comprehend. Here’s a little expert advice about how to discuss it. Buzz60All K-12 schools in Ohio will be shut down for three weeks starting Monday to try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday.The move will affect approximately 1.8 million children enrolled in Ohio’s public, charter and private schools.Shortly after the Ohio announcement, Maryland’s superintendent announced the state’s schools would close for two weeks starting Monday.The actions are the most sweeping school closure efforts in the U.S. so far and stand to disrupt just about everything related to family and school routines.Colleges closing, too: Schools around the country have moved onlineSeattle Public Schools on Wednesday became the first major metropolitan school district to announce it would cancel all classes to contain the spread of the virus. The district, which serves about 54,000 students, will be closed for at least two weeks starting Thursday. School officials told parents to plan as if they were entering an extended spring break.In addition, Washington Gov.