Colorado School closure extended through April 30 among national reaction to COVID-19 outbreak

States and school districts across the country have extended school closures or canceled school entirely due to pandemic.

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As of April 1st, Governor Jared Polis has extended school building closures through April 30th meaning that online schooling will continue until at least April 30th. 

During a previous press-meeting on March 30th, Governor Polis indicated that “All school districts… should prepare for traditional in classroom instruction to not return this school year.”

This has been a part of a nationwide reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic as governors, superintendents, and other officials seek to protect students, families, and community members by preventing unnecessary contact between students. 

On April 3rd, Denver Public Schools and Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s two largest school districts, announced that online schooling would continue throughout the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Sixteen school districts in total have made the same decision; the list is available here

Boulder Valley School District has yet to make a decision as to whether in-person schooling will resume after the 30th of April. 

SVVSD has not yet announced what education will look like after the 30th of April.

According to an article in Education Weekly, the states and territories that have ordered mandatory closure until the end of the academic school year are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Northern Marianas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. 

The decision whether to close schools in states, territories, and the District of Columbia falls to the state’s (or the area’s equivalent) government. But for the 326 reservations for indigenous Native Americans, the decision falls to local authorities.