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Ohio K-12 school closure extended until May 1

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Monday that all K-12 schools in the state will remain closed until May 1, due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Students were on an extended spring break because of the outbreak and were slated to return next week, but the governor announced the extension at his daily news conference.

Our original order to close school buildings was for three weeks,” DeWine said. “We’re giving an additional order that will take this to May 1, which is a Friday. We will reevaluate as we get closer to that date.”

DeWine has been open about the possibility of schools remaining closed through the end of the academic year and has said in multiple interviews that it “would not surprise” him if this became the case.

Health officials in the state have said they do not expect the outbreak to peak until late April or early May.