CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The Katonah-Lewisboro School District will be closed through Sunday, March 22, Superintendent Andrew Selesnick wrote in an email to parents.
The move was made despite there being no confirmed cases of the virus in the school community.
"This closing is intended to help slow the spread of this virus, and to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and the broader community," Selesnick wrote.
Selesnick said schools in the Lower Hudson region are dealing with a rapidly evolving situation and that he has been in almost daily contact with New York State officials.
"There are a number of questions yet to be definitively answered about school calendar and other details," Selesnick wrote. "I will share the answers when I have them."
Katonah-Lewisboro teachers will continue preparations for distance learning and activities on Monday and Tuesday.
"Students can expect to hear from their teachers on Wednesday," Selesnick wrote.
Students who need lunch while the schools are closed can pick it up in the entrance to John Jay High School from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday to Friday next week.
"It goes without saying that these are incredibly challenging times," the superintendent wrote. "Please know that I have no desire to close schools, nor to interrupt our students’ learning, nor to cancel the many extracurricular activities they so love. These are the things our students should be doing. But at the moment, the health and safety of our broader community must come first."
Students are asked not to gather in groups on school grounds while the schools are closed.
TOWN OF LEWISBORO
Lewisboro town offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16.
Residents in need of assistance can call the town departments directly. A list of department phone numbers for each department can be found here.
TOWN OF BEDFORD
Most Bedford town offices will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 20. The police station, the receiver of taxes, and the assessor's office will remain open.
"But please consider whether your needs may be met by mail, phone, email, or online before coming into any of these offices," wrote Town Supervisor Chris Burdick.
A list of department phone numbers for each department can be found here.
Residents who want to make payments by check or money order in person for water bills and alarm bills can access the bill payment box outside the front door of the Town Offices at 425 Cherry St., Bedford Hills. The Tax Receiver's office will be open for any payment.
The Town Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, will be held as scheduled. The public will not be admitted.
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART
The Katonah Museum of Art will be closed until further notice.
Fromt the museum:
"All Museum events and programs have been postponed. The safety of Museum visitors, staff and the community is our highest priority. We will keep you informed by providing updates on our website, via email communications and through social media channels."