Gov. DeWine Announces Three-Week “Spring Break” Extension for K-12 Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — will be extending spring break for all K-12 schools for three weeks starting at the close of school Monday, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.

He made the announcement at his press conference today regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus.

Emphasis was put on research that indicates the risk of death from COVID-19 for a child is not very high, but kids are potential carriers.

“We know COVID-19 will spread, but by slowing it down it’ll allow our healthcare system to work,” DeWine said. “We don’t want our healthcare providers to have to make the decision of who lives and who dies.”

DeWine also announced a ban on gatherings of 100 or more people.

This includes at auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large conference rooms, meeting halls, cafeterias, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. This also includes parades, fairs, and festivals.

It does not apply to areas where large groups of people are present but not in arm’s length of one another, such as typical offices, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail or grocery stores.

This order also does not apply to religious gatherings or gatherings for the purpose of exercising First Amendment protected speech.

The Governor confirmed Ohio’s fifth confirmed the state’s fifth COVID-19 case in Trumbull County and said the number of CoVid-19 cases is expected to double every six days for the forseeable future.

“This is a crisis,” DeWine said. “And we have to do what we can do to get the job done.”