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After-school Programs Urged to Follow Health Officials’ Guidance on Coronavirus

After-school programs are urged to follow the guidance of their local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the coronavirus epidemic, the Afterschool Alliance said in a statement. Share CDC information and check the department of health in your state, the organization said.

The Afterschool Alliance is monitoring a rapidly changing situation, said Executive Director Jodi Grant. While local and state officials are making decisions about schools, Grant is concerned that after-school programs and the children they serve could be overlooked.

“After-school programs are impacted and need to be thought of,” Grant said. They serve a relatively vulnerable population, she said. “If after-school shuts down, kids are not getting fed.”

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