Governor Orders all K-12 Schools in the State to Close

Governor Tony Evers has asked the Wisconsin Department of
Health Services to issue an agency order mandating all K-12 Public and Private
Schools in Wisconsin close as the state continues to contain the spread of

Evers made the announcement late Friday, which said that
the mandated closure will begin next Wednesday (March 18th) and last
until at least April 6th. A number of school districts in the state
have already closed, or announced plans to close in wake of a number of new positive
tests for the disease in Wisconsin this week.

The Governor said in the release that “closing our schools
is not a decision I made lightly, but keeping our kids, our educators, our families,
and our communities safe is a top priority as we continue to prevent further
spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.” Evers acknowledged that many families rely on
schools to access food and care on a daily basis, and said that the state is
going to continue working to “ensure kids and families have the resources and
support they need while schools are closed.”