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Austin Schools Closed Friday Amid Coronavirus Threat

The Austin school district shuttered its campuses Friday amid the growing threat of the new coronavirus.

Citing an “interest of health safety in regard to our students and staff,” the district told parents in a 3:35 a.m. email and phone call that it would “continue to closely monitor the situation and provide operational updates, as necessary.”

“Students, parents, and staff are urged to remain vigilant in their efforts to stay healthy,” Superintendent Paul Cruz said in the announcement. The district urged the public to visit its website at for any other information and updates.

The announcement did not specify when school operations would resume. There have been no announcements to extend spring break beyond its scheduled time, which runs through March 20, but that could change as the situation unfolds in Austin.

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