The Atascadero Unified School District announced Friday that all of its schools would be closed starting Monday, March 16, in response to the coronavirus spread.
The closure will continue through at least March 31, 2020.
The school district says it will be working closely with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and the County Office of Education to evaluate the need to extend or end the closure.
School officials say the closure also applies to all extracurricular activities including athletics, performing arts, and student clubs.
In a message posted on the district's website, Superintendent Thomas Butler said, "At this time the health, well-being, and safety of our students, staff, and community are the number one priority. The above decisions have been made with a great sense of care and thoughtfulness."