The superintendents of the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts announced Friday that schools would remain closed Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.
"There are many unanswered questions for school districts at this time; both as they relate to the potential for the spread of COVID-19 within our schools as well as the logistical and fiscal implications of an extended closure," said Yorktown Superintendent Dr. Ron Hattar. "My hope is that we can obtain further guidance to those questions during this temporary closure. By Tuesday, my hope is that we will have obtained more concrete guidance from the State Education Department, the State and County Health Departments and other governmental entities in the state. However, if we cannot assure the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, we are prepared to extend the closure."
Lakeland Superintendent Dr. George Stone said he would provide more information over the weekend if necessary and recognized the hardship that closing schools places on families, especially for those whose children depend on meals at school.
"This is not an easy situation for us, many staff members and students are considered part of the vulnerable population to COVID-19 or maybe positive with no symptoms; the only reasonable option is to protect our students and staff. We have received the approval of our application to provide meals to families in our community," Stone said. "Early next week, we will be discussing a distribution plan, and hopefully, this can help our families in some small way."