Broome County Executive Jason Garnar Declared a State of Emergency Saturday, which includes a measure to close down schools K-12th grade in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Starting Monday, March 16, all K-12 schools will be closed at least through April 13, according to a statement from the county. This will include extracurricular activities.

The county released the following statement on the decision:

“The decision to close schools is a proactive measure to prevent the spread of the virus to students, their families, and the community. This does not indicate a quarantine of Broome County. Businesses remain open and social distancing guidance should be followed.

School districts are identifying food plans, social supports, and instruction plans for students through the closing, including Easter break. More details will be released Sunday, March 15.

Daycares in Broome County are not currently closed, as they are under the regulatory control of New York State.

Another press conference with school officials will be scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, March 15 to provide additional information for families in our community.”