Newsom: ‘I don’t think the schools are going to open again’

California’s schools will likely stay closed for the rest of the academic year over coronavirus concerns, Gov. Gavin Newsom said March 17th in a jaw-dropping prediction for families barely settling into new weekday routines with children at home.

“This is a very sobering thing to say,” Newsom said, as he warned that schools are unlikely to reopen in the coming weeks and will more than likely remain closed until the summer break. “I don’t want to mislead you.”

If it holds true, more than 6 million California public school students would remain home for an unprecedented length of time unless the state finds alternatives.

Earlier Tuesday, Kansas became the first U.S. state to officially close schools for the remainder of the academic year.

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