In line with many schools around the nation, Gov. Roy Cooper ordered closure of all schools in the state for two weeks on Saturday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Orange County Schools made the call to close a little before the governor's executive order. Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder told families and staff in a letter that the school was closing as a precaution.
“We know this decision greatly impacts our entire community, and we continue to closely monitor this situation with the Orange County Health Department,” Felder wrote in the letter posted on the Orange County Schools' website. “...We know many of our children and families rely on the meals they receive in our schools. Orange County Schools will provide students and families with information about food resources within the community."
Durham Public Schools said on its website that it was a difficult decision to close the school.
“This is an effort to protect our students, staff, and community, and to slow the spread of the virus,” Durham Public Schools wrote on its website.