Forty-three states in the US as well as Washington, DC, have issued orders that will keep students at home, according to a CNN tally of school closures. Delaware and North Carolina decided Friday to keep schools closed through the school year. All five US territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands — also are closed for the remainder of the school year.
“There’s obviously no replacement for in person instruction in classrooms in terms of the relationships and the services,” Delaware Gov. John Carney said. “But obviously doing what we can between now and the end of what would have been the school year — we want to get as much benefit for our students as possible.”
Other states have only recommended that local officials continue supporting students through distance learning models. Those states are California, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, South Dakota and Tennessee.
States with mandatory closures
District of Columbia
Correction: Earlier versions of this article incorrectly stated Nebraska schools were under a mandatory closure for the remainder of the school year.