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DeSantis announces K-12 schools will be closed for rest of school year in Fla.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisACLU sues Florida over law targeting ballot initiatives Montana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools Advocates sound alarm as restrictive voting laws pile up MORE (R) announced Saturday that K-12 schools in the state will be closed for the rest of the academic year, joining a growing list of states doing the same. 

“I think as we looked at the clock and we looked to see what it would’ve looked like, we’ve got pretty good momentum for distance learning,” DeSantis said at a news briefing. “It’s obviously not the ideal situation but given where we are with the school year, we felt that it was the best decision.”

Florida was one of the last states to implement a stay-at-home order. As of Saturday, the Florida Department of Health has reported more than 25,000 coronavirus cases and 740 deaths. 

As of Saturday, at least 27 states as well as Washington, D.C., and New York City have closed schools for the remainder of the school year. Other states such as Maryland have extended their school closures until May 15.