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Rural California District Stays Open Despite Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

Less than a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, one small rural school district in California remains open.

Outside Creek School District, consisting of a single K-8 school in Tulare County, is the last remaining open district in the state that the California Department of Education is aware of, officials said. Over the last two weeks, districts across the state shut down in droves as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continued to increase and local and state health officials warned that social distancing — keeping at least 6 feet away from other people — will be critical to slowing down the spread.

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