COVID-19 Response

Updated List of Statewide School Closures with Closure Dates

States Without Closure Mandates

As of March 27, only four states have not specifically mandated statewide school closures. They are:

  • California. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all citizens to stay at home, effectively closing the few school districts that had not opted to close down, which had been estimated at 99 percent prior to the stay-at-home order.
  • Maine. The status of Maine's schools is unclear. According to local reporting, "many" districts are shut down until April 27, including the state's largest district, Portland Public Schools.
  • Missouri. All schools in the state are closed, despite the lack of a mandate.
  • Nebraska. All school districts in the state reported they are closed or closing, despite the lack of a mandate. In addition, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ordered closures in four counties.

 

(Updated March 27; originally published March 17) Four states so far have extended their mandated statewide school closures through the remainder of the school year. A total of 46 states now have closed all of their schools as  the COVID-19 panic continues to spread. A massive 25 states that had already ordered closures have extended those closure dates. In the remaining states that have not mandated closures, most districts have closed on their own. In fact, the only state that might have schools open at this point is Maine, but that is unclear at this point. (We are currently researching all of the state's schools one by one to determine whether they are closed or not.)

Closures this week included:

  • Idaho's State Department of Education ordered its schools closed Monday. Those closures will last through April 20 at least. 

States closing schools through the end of the year now include:

  • Kansas closed its schools for the remainder of the school year. The state originally closed schools for in-person instruction through May 29, which was beyond the last day of the regular school year for many districts anyway.
  • New Mexico extended to the end of the school year. This was the second extension. The original closure date was April 6, with an initial extension through April 10.
  • Vermont extended closures to the end of the school year (originally April 6).
  • Virginia is extending school closures through the end of the school year. They were previously scheduled for a two-week closure.

Several other states announced extensions to their statewide closure dates. Those included:

  • Alaska extended its closure to May 1 from a previously planned two-week closure.
  • Arkansas extended its closures from March 30 to April 17.
  • Connecticut extended from March 31 to April 20.
  • Delaware extended from March 27 to May 15.
  • Georgia extended from March 31 to April 24.
  • Hawaii extended its closures an extra week, with instruction expected to resume April 6.
  • Illinois extended from March 30 to April 7.
  • Kentucky extended its closures from March 30 to April 20.
  • Maryland extended from March 30 to April 20.
  • Massachusetts extended from April 6 to May 4.
  • Michigan extended from April 6 to April 13. (Residents are under a "stay-at-home" order through April 13.)
  • Montana extended from March 27 to April 10.
  • New Hampshire extended from April 3 to May 4.
  • New York, extended from April 1 to April 15.
  • North Carolina extended from March 30 to May 15.
  • North Dakota has closed its schools "until further notice." That state initially had ordered a one-week statewide closure.
  • Pennsylvania extended school closures to April 6 from a previously announced two-week closure.
  • South Dakota got its second closure extension, this time from March 29 to May 1.
  • Utah extended from March 30 to May 1.
  • West Virginia extended from March 27 to April 20.
  • Wisconsin extended from April 6 to April 24.

The following is a complete list of mandated statewide school closures known at this time. Closures began March 16 unless otherwise noted.

  1. Alabama, schools closed until April 6 (Alabama's proclamation)
  2. Alaska, schools closed until May 1 (extended from an initial planned two-week closure) (Alaska Department of Education's original memo)
  3. Arkansas, schools closed March 17 through April 17 (extended from an original planned closure through March 30) (Arkansas governor's original announcement)
  4. Arizona, schools closed through April 10 (extended from an original date of March 27) (Arizona governor's original announcement)
  5. Colorado, schools closed March 23 to April 17 (Colorado's announcement)
  6. Connecticut, schools closed until April 20 (extended from original March 31) (Connecticut's original announcement)
  7. Delaware, schools closed through May 15 (extended from March 27) (Delaware's original declaration)
  8. Florida, schools closed until April 15 (extended from the originally planned reopen date of March 30) (Florida Department of Education announcement)
  9. Georgia, schools closed March 18 through April 24 (extended from March 31) (Georgia's original executive order)
  10. Hawaii, schools closed until April 6 (extended from March 30) (Hawaii DOE notice)
  11. Idaho, schools closed March 23 until April 20 (Idaho State Department of Education guidance)
  12. Illinois, schools closed until April 7 (extended from March 30) (Illinois executive order)
  13. Indiana, schools closed until May 1 (Indiana's executive order)
  14. Iowa, schools closed for four weeks (Iowa governor's recommendation)
  15. Kansas, schools closed for the remainder of the school year (Kansas' executive order)
  16. Kentucky, schools closed until April 20 (extended from an original two weeks) (Kentucky governor's guidance, followed by all districts in the state)
  17. Louisiana, schools closed until April 13 (Louisiana's proclamation)
  18. Maryland, schools closed through April 24 (extended from March 30) (Maryland DOE's original notice)
  19. Massachusetts, schools closed until May 4 (Extended from April 6) (Massachusetts' order)
  20. Michigan, schools closed through April 13 (extended from April 6) (Michigan's executive order)
  21. Minnesota, schools closed March 18 until March 27 (Minnesota's executive order)
  22. Mississippi, schools closed until April 17 (Mississippi's executive order)
  23. Montana, schools closed through April 10 (extended from March 27) (Montana's original announcement)
  24. Nevada, schools closed until April 6 (Nevada's announcement)
  25. New Hampshire, schools closed through May 4 (extended from April 3) (New Hampshire's original emergency order)
  26. New Jersey, schools closed March 18 to April 17 (New Jersey had not previously stated an end date for their closure) (New Jersey's original announcement)
  27. New Mexico, schools closed for the rest of the school year (extended from April 6 then April 10) (New Mexico's original executive order)
  28. New York, schools closed March 18 to April 15 (extended from April 1) (New York's original announcement)
  29. North Carolina, schools closed through May 15 (extended from March 30) (North Carolina's original executive order)
  30. North Dakota, schools closed "until further notice" (extended from an original one-week closure) (North Dakota's original executive order)
  31. Ohio, schools closed through April 3 (Ohio's announcement)
  32. Oklahoma, schools closed March 17 to April 6 (Oklahoma State Board of Education memo)
  33. Oregon, extended through April 28 (originally April 1) (Oregon's executive order)
  34. Pennsylvania, schools closed until April 6 (extended from a previous two-week closure) (Pennsylvania's original announcement)
  35. Rhode Island, schools closed for one week (Rhode Island Department of Education message)
  36. South Carolina, schools closed through March (South Carolina Department of Education notice)
  37. South Dakota, schools closed through May 1 (This is South Dakota's second extension; The original planned date was March 22, then March 29.) (South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's press conference)
  38. Utah, schools closed its schools until May 1 (extended from March 30) (Utah's original announcement)
  39. Tennessee, schools closed March 20 through March 31 (Tennessee Governor Bill Lee's statement)
  40. Texas, schools closed March 20 to April 3 (Texas' proclamation No. 4)
  41. Vermont, schools closed March 18 to the end of the school year (extended from April 6) (Vermont's original announcement)
  42. Virginia, schools closed through the end of the school year (extended from a previous two-week closure) (Virginia's original closure announcement)
  43. Washington, schools closed through April 24 (Washington's announcement)
  44. West Virginia, schools closed through April 20 (extended from March 27) (West Virginia's original announcement)
  45. Wisconsin, schools closed March 18 to April 24 (extended from April 6) (Wisconsin's original executive order)
  46. Wyoming, schools closed through April 3 (Wyoming's executive order)

We will update this list as more information becomes available. You can find tips for preparing for remote teaching and learning here. See additional COVID-19 resources here.

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