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Oklahoma Public Schools closed following COVID-19 concerns

Petersburg declared a state of emergency on March 13 as a precautionary measure over the global...
Petersburg declared a state of emergency on March 13 as a precautionary measure over the global outbreak of the coronavirus.(Pixabay)
Updated: Mar. 16, 2020 at 7:22 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - Oklahoma Public Schools will be closed until Monday, April 6 amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made during an emergency meeting of the State Board of Education.

The closure for all schools goes into effect Tuesday, Mar. 17.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says the Oklahoma State Department of Education will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation with state health experts to determine if it will be necessary to extend the closure.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of Oklahomans,” said Hofmeister.

There is no further information at this time. KSLA will keep you updated as more details become available.

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