Riverside County schools ordered to closed

As officials continue to step up the fight against the spread of  COVID-19, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered the closure of the county’s schools in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

“To further prevent the spread throughout the county, effective Monday, March 16, I am ordering a school closure, not a dismissal, of all Riverside County public schools. This order also applies to preschools, charter schools, private schools and all colleges and universities in Riverside County,” Kaiser said.

Individual school districts will have the discretion to determine essential personnel to support critical functions within their districts.

Kaiser said the Order will be lifted on April 3 and classes will resume on April 6, unless another update is warranted before that time.

“This is a difficult but necessary decision as we try to slow the spread of the virus. And I fully support it,” said Riverside County District 4 Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.

On Thursday, Kaiser ordered the cancellation of public gatherings of 250 people or more in Riverside County as a means of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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