Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam just held a news conference and announced that all Virginia schools, including Loudoun County Public Schools, will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

The announcement was immediately followed by an email for Loudoun County Public Schools announcing that distance learning for Loudoun public school students is still scheduled to begin next Monday, March 30. In addition, more information about the impact on education locally will be announced this evening and in the coming days.

Below is the full text from the LCPS message:

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Good afternoon, LCPS families and staff.

Governor Ralph Northam announced this afternoon that all Virginia schools will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. He made the announcement during a press conference in Richmond shortly after 2 p.m.

LCPS has begun considering the implications of this news for our community and will provide more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, we are moving ahead with our plans to begin distance learning (digital and non-digital) on Monday, March 30, as previously announced.

Later today, through a video announcement that will be available at 8:30 p.m., I will provide some additional comments about today’s news and the community care approach adopted by the Loudoun County Public Schools. Links to the video message will be provided on LCPS.org and through social media channels.

Thank you for your continued flexibility as this situation continues to evolve.