How long should schools close during coronavirus pandemic? Here’s exactly what the CDC says.
How long is the federal government advising schools to stay closed to help curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has become a global pandemic?It isn’t giving a definitive answer.About a dozen states have ordered that schools close for varying periods starting this week, and other districts have closed in other states, affecting the education of millions of young people. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), who last week became the first governor to shut down schools statewide, said Sunday that schools could stay closed until the end of the academic year.“We’ve informed the superintendents why we’ve closed schools for three weeks and …. the odds are this is going to go on a lot longer, and it would not surprise me at all if schools did not open again this year,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the available evidence from other countries is those places that did close schools, such as Hong Kong, “have not had more success in reducing spread than those that did not,” such as Singapore.It also said that “available modeling” indicates that early closures of a few days or two to