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Statewide school closures, ban on gatherings due to COVID-19

Governor Jay Inslee announced the containment measures during a news conference March 13

Series: Coronavirus | Story 7

Last updated 3/23/2020 at 4:02pm

All public and private K-12 schools in Washington state will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 24, according to Gov. Jay Inslee during a news conference Friday, March 13 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The closure affects 1.2 million students and more than 360,000 teachers.

Schools were required to close by the end of the day Monday, March 16 and remain closed until April 24. The first day students would be back in class would be April 27, although that may not happen if the closure is extended. On March 12, the governor had only instituted the school closures in Snohomish, King and...

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