39 states have closed schools to in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year

As of Wednesday, April 22, school districts in all 50 states have closed to in-person instruction in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thirty-nine states have announced that schools would remain closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year, though many states and districts are conducting lessons online. At least 41,115,475 students attend schools in states that have ended in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year.

Ballotpedia has tracked announcements in 18 states over the past week regarding school closures.

  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) recommended that schools close for the remainder of the academic year. Schools in the state were previously ordered closed from March 20 through April 24.
  • New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through May 1.
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that schools would be closed until at least May 15. Prior to the announcement, schools had been under an indefinite closure since March 18.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15, thereby extending the statewide school closure.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through April 23.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through May 1.
  • The Hawaii Department of Education closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through April 30.
  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through April 30.
  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through April 30.
  • Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that the statewide school closure, scheduled to end April 24, was extended through May 15.
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through May 4.
  • Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through May 1.
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through May 1.
  • West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through April 30.
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through May 1.
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, schools were closed through April 30.
  • Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, school were closed through April 30.
  • South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) announced that schools would not reopen for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Prior to the announcement, school were closed through April 30.



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