The coronavirus pandemic has prompted K-12 schools and universities to close across the U.S. Each state has responded to the outbreak with unique guidance. 
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday that “all of the state’s K-12 schools, including private and charter schools, will close” starting Tuesday, March 17, and remain closed until April 3. 
“We have a responsibility to save lives. We could have waited to close schools, but based on advice from health experts, this is the time to do it,” DeWine said on Twitter. 
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that if a student tests positive for the virus, their school will close for 24 hours so health officials can assess the situation. On Thursday, the governor banned all public gatherings of 500 or more people, but said the ban does not apply to schools.
All K-12 schools have closed in New Rochelle, New York, where a large cluster of the virus has emerged. 
New Rochelle superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo said in a statement Thursday that the “decision will provide the appropriate federal, state and local authorities the time to develop the best short- and long-term plan.”
“Students and staff, with the exception of certain key personnel, will not be permitted in any of our schools while we assess and consider all of the information and guidance being provided to the (school district), which has literally changed by the hour.”
Schools have also closed in Washington state, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.