LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson on Monday announced that public schools will remain closed through the remainder of the school year to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Schoolwork will be completed online under the state’s alternative methods of instruction program.
Hutchinson originally closed schools on March 15 for two weeks due to the outbreak of COVID-19. He extended that deadline to April 17 nearly a week later.
Last week, President Donald Trump recommended that states continue federal social distancing guidelines until April 30, after he initially expressed hope to return to normal routines by Easter Sunday, April 12. Those social distancing guidelines include avoiding social gatherings of 10 or more people, staying away from public spaces including restaurants and bars, limiting travel, and staying home for work, if possible.