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COVID-19 closes schools across the state
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By Joseph Rios

The situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve and change every day, and for the time being, there are dozens of school districts who are shutting down in the state.

To date all school districts like Denver Public Schools, the Douglas County School District, Aurora Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District, Jefferson County Public Schools, Adams County Districts and more all announced they would shut down. While dates vary for how long schools will be closed, Denver Public Schools is extending its spring break and closing all schools from March 16 until April 6.

Some school districts like Jefferson County Public Schools are electing to carry out lessons for students via the internet. The school district had students receiving online instruction from March 16 until March 20. The following week is scheduled time for spring break.

Higher education schools are also following the same path school districts took. On March 11, a wave of Colorado universities announced they were closing campuses and shifting toward online learning, including Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, University of North Colorado, Fort Lewis College, Colorado State University, Colorado Christian University and the University of Coloradoís three campuses in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.

As of the afternoon of March 16, there have been 168 positive cases of COVID-19. Some of the cases have hit elementary schools including John H. Amesse Elementary where a studentís two family members tested positive for COVID-19. At Cory Elementary, a parent tested positive for COVID-19 while another parent tested positive at Edison Elementary.

Many students throughout the Denver metro area rely on being fed at schools. School districts throughout the state have created sites where families can get breakfast and lunch for children who are between the ages of one and 18. Food can be found at Foothills Elementary in Lakewood, the Eisenhower Rec Center in Denver, Sunrise Elementary School in Aurora, the Montbello Rec Center and other places.

President Donald Trump announced on March 16 for people to not gather in groups of more than 10 people. Symptoms of COVID-19 include difficulty breathing, a fever and a cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest calling your healthcare provider for advice. Symptoms may not appear until two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus.

On March 15, the Colorado Department of Public Health began following the CDCís advice of not having any public gatherings that have 50 or more people.

The cooperation and responsibility lies with everyone.





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