The AUSD board approved the closure plan during an emergency meeting Friday. More that 16,500 students from four cities will be affected.
The city and county of Los Angeles held a joint press conference Thursday morning to announce updated guidance and inform the public that they have plans in place if the COVID-19 begins spreading quickly. The SGV is making moves too.
In a letter to families and staff, Superintendent Denise Jaramillo announces that all non-essential events that bring students or members of the community together will be either cancelled or postponed. The guidelines are effective Thursday and run through April 12.
Using state guidelines, Superintendent Denise R. Jaramillo outlined four possible scenarios to respond to the coronavirus. As of Tuesday night's meeting there were still no reported cases in AUSD schools.
The new cases are announced as L.A. County imposes Emergency Health Declarations to get ahead of any potential crisis. There are no cases from community spread at this time, they say.
U.S. imposes travel ban to Iran and increases travel advisory to Italy and South Korea. Health officials voice concern over so-called "community spread" cases. The elderly with pre-existing conditions are considered most at risk.
The CDC issued an alarming "not if, but when" coronavirus update, but softened the message hours later. The risk is still low, no new public health cases have been confirmed as of Tuesday night, and health authorities are working hard to contain and help those who are currently infected.
The number of confirmed cases is going up, however, most of the new cases are in federal quarantine from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The patient in Washington, the couple in Illinois and one in Santa Clara are fully recovered and released. There are no new cases in L.A. County.
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