LUSD closes schools over coronavirus concerns

Students to not return to Lincoln until April 13

Gabriel Porras, Editor-in-chief

Stockton’s Lincoln Unified School District announced that they will close campuses joining a host of other schools canceling classes or closing campuses across the state and county.

The San Joaquin County Office of Education recommended that all local school districts close their campuses starting Friday night, after an eighth case of the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus was detected in San Joaquin County. The discovery of the eighth case included details that community spreading has happened in the county.

Friday afternoon, Stockton Unified School District, Lodi Unified School District, and Manteca Unified School District all announced that they will be closing their campuses until April 6, 2020 to mitigate the spread of the virus. Lincoln Unified also went on to close campuses until April 13, 2020 after the district’s April 6- April 13 planned spring break.

The decision and announcement came hours after all Sacramento County schools announced that they will close. The state’s largest and the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, announced that they will cancel classes as well.

It remains unclear how the closure will impact athletics or the current length of the school year. Friday, many Lincoln athletes learned that tournaments, meets, and games had been cancelled as a result of the virus which originated in December in China.

All non-essential public gatherings after school, including assemblies, have been canceled for Lincoln Unified and Stockton Unified. Certified staff members were still reportedly asked to be at work Monday morning. District authorities have not yet announced whether or not they will have to add any extra days to the end of the school year.

Officials recommend that people wash their hands for 20 seconds or longer, often, and avoid touching their faces, mouths, and noses in order to avoid contracting the virus. Those most at risk of contraction are the chronically ill and the elderly. For more information on how to prevent COVID-19 and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), check their website: http://bit.ly/CDCCoronavirusInfo

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