Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Los Angeles County Office of Education publicly issued its recommendation to close all 80 school districts to slow the spread of COVID-19:

“Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has recommended that all 80 school districts in Los Angeles County close effective Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020. To keep communities informed, LACOE will provide more information at lacoe.edu and the public is encouraged to visit the website for updates.

“Additionally, I urge all school districts to continue supporting students and their families during this time. This should include the continued provision of free and reduced-cost meals to families by utilizing family resource centers and other centers available for easy distribution for students who rely on food. Nutrition is critical to the health of the children and families we serve.

“Further, the County has prepared a free guide on coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak. I encourage all school districts to make this multilingual resource available to students and families. It can be downloaded in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov, or 213-359-0795