School’s out until at least May 1 in Ohio amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Three weeks after confirmation of the first three cases of COVID-19 in Ohio --which since have grown to more than 1,900 -- Gov. Mike DeWine announced March 30 that K-12 classrooms will remain closed for another month.

A public-health order issued by Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton closed schools across Ohio beginning March 17. The order had been set to expire after April 3, but the infectious respiratory disease remains unchecked.

“It made no sense if we're going to continue to slow this down to have children congregating in schools every single day,” DeWine said.

Asked if schools still could be closed for the remainder of the academic year, the governor replied, “It’s certainly possible ... We kind of want to take this one chunk at a time because it’s not clear where we are going to be.”

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