Updated: March 14, 2020 09:25 PM
Created: March 14, 2020 02:15 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — All 22 public school districts in Monroe County will be closed indefinitely beginning Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The action was announced in a press release by Monroe County Executive Adam Bell on Saturday. It is the most drastic step taken by county government to fight the virus, which has sickened over 150,000 and killed over 5,700 across the globe.
The move also comes mere hours after Bello declared a State of Emergency and the Greece Central School District closed their district indefinitely after an employee became the second person in Monroe County to test positive for the disease.
The full statement can be seen below:
“After consultation with Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza and the Superintendents of all 22 Monroe County School Districts, all Monroe County public schools will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
Staff may be asked to report depending on individual district needs.
This closing includes all school-related activities, including sports and other extracurricular activities.
Each individual school district will share more specific information regarding their plans for food, social supports, remote instruction, and other operational procedures with their individual communities.
The Monroe County Health Department and school leaders will be reviewing this on a week-to-week basis – and providing an update by midday Friday.
The City of Rochester will be announcing its efforts regarding food distribution and support for children and families tomorrow morning at 10:00 am press conference at the Emergency Operations Center.”
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