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Los Angeles, San Diego Close Schools Due to Coronavirus. 

SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES and San Diego, which serve more than 750,000 students combined, will close Monday until further notice, district officials announced in a joint statement Friday.

"California has now entered a critical new phase in the fight to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic," Austin Beutner, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, and Cindy Marten, superintendent of San Diego Unified School District, said in a joint statement.

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"There is evidence the virus is already present in the communities we serve, and our efforts now must be aimed at preventing its spread," they said. "We believe closing the state's two largest school districts in American Education News will make an important contribution to this effort. For that reason, we plan to close, effective Monday, March 16."

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 17: A man looks over the city as he walks his dog on March 17, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the measures against the virus expansion the Government has declared a 15-day state of emergency. The Government of Spain has strengthened up its quarantine rules, shutting all commercial activities except for pharmacies, food shops, gas stations, tobacco stores and news kiosks in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as well as transport. Spaniards must stay home except to go to work but working from home is recommended,in American  Press Release Distribution Service going to buy basic things as food or pharmacy products is allowed but it must be done individually. The number of people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain has increased to at least 11,178, with the latest death toll reaching 491 according to the countryÕs Health Ministry. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The superintendents did not say for how long they anticipate being closed but said they'll provide more information Friday afternoon about how schools will offer "learning opportunities" for students during the closure.

Anticipating this situation, Beutner recently partnered with a public broadcasting company to offer students instruction on their televisions should he be forced to cancel school. It's unclear whether that programming will also be available to students in San Diego or whether Marten already has a plan in place.

As it stands, at least 18,700 schools enrolling more than 8.1 million students have closed or will close, according to Education Week. Los Angeles is the second-largest school district in the country and will provide the first test case for other major cities, like New York and Chicago, which are debating whether or not to remain open.

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