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Durham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Orange temporarily close schools due to coronavirus

The pressure is building on North Carolina school districts to close schools as a way to try to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

The Chapel Hill-CarrboroOrange County and Durham County school systems became the first North Carolina school districts to announce schedule changes due to coronavirus. The school districts plan to keep students home, starting next week.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro plans to move up spring break and use a week of online learning. Orange County will hold online classes for two weeks while leaving spring break unchanged.

“If all goes well, we will be back in school on Monday, April 6,” both districts said in messages Thursday to families. “However, we understand the severity of the current situation and there are still many unknowns. That date could be altered depending on many factors.”

Durham Public Schools said Thursday night that it also will close to students starting Monday. “This is an effort to protect our students, staff, and community, and to slow the spread of the virus,” the school system said on Facebook. “We will have more details about options for distance learning, meals for children, and other concerns (Friday) at dpsnc.net.”

Read the full News & Observer story here.

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