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U.S. schools start planning for possible spread of coronavirus

 

Last updated 3/3/2020 at 8:39pm

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson photo

A school janitor opens the door to a staff room inside Bothell High School, closed for the day, Thursday, Feb. 27, in Bothell, Washington. The suburban Seattle school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China – an action health officials say is unnecessary. The school will be cleaned and disinfected while students stay home.

Collin Binkley

The Associated Press

Schools across the United States are canceling trips abroad, preparing online lessons and rethinking "perfect attendance" awards as they brace for the possibility that the new coronavirus could begin spreading in their communities.

Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parent...



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