6 Bay Area Counties Extend Public Schools Closure

A man carries oranges and a bag of food that he received from the faculty at Garfield Elementary School on March 19, 2020 in Oakland.
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Officials in six Bay Area counties have ordered that public schools remain closed until May 1 as part of the attempts to limit the number of coronavirus cases. 

The updated order in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties — as well as Berkeley's separate system — extends the initial school shutdown order by a month. 

Here is the press release announcing the joint decision to keep all Bay Area schools closed for at least another 6 weeks #ShelterInPlace #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/b92AEjfcMJ

— Doug Sovern (@SovernNation) March 25, 2020

The delay in returning to a normal schedule is sure to be a challenge for parents in the Bay Area. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom had recently said that he didn't envision the state's darkened schools resuming classes before the summer break.