California K-12 schools prepare for coronavirus-related closures

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Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after an elderly patient in Placer County, near Sacramento, died from the coronavirus. The latest developments heighten the urgency for education leaders in California, who have been exploring how to continue instruction in case of an outbreak.

No California children have been diagnosed with the virus, a respiratory illness that began with an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Risk is still low across the state, California health officials said on Wednesday, and it is believed to be higher for older adults and persons with underlying health conditions, according to theĀ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How California schools prepare for the potential impact of the virus, which might lead to quarantines that affect student learning and well-being, is top of mind among parents and district officials across the state.

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