TAMPA (WFLA) – Public schools statewide will be closed until March 30 due to the coronavirus, the state announced Friday.

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8 On Your Side has learned this is by order of Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

 In addition, the department also announced that the start of state testing will be delayed by a minimum of two weeks.

Additional recommendations for schools and districts during spring break include:

  • Canceling all extracurricular activities.
  • Developing or perfecting the district or school instructional continuity plans.
  • Deep cleaning each school.

“Keeping students healthy and safe is my number one priority, and that is why we are recommending that districts follow the CDC’s guidance for Florida,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “We are continuing to monitor COVID-19, and I encourage all Floridians to remain informed and take the necessary precautions that have been issued by the CDC.” 

Pasco County Public Schools confirmed school closures for an additional week following spring break.

Officials with Hillsborough County Public Schools have also announced they will close for two weeks. In Hillsborough County, that includes the scheduled Spring Break from March 16 through March 20 as well as an additional week from March 23 through March 27.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.