President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by telling people to avoid coming to school.

The coronavirus could severely test state laws for how many days schools must be in session and when they must stop and start, and major consequences such as levels of education funding could hang in the balance.

More than half of all states have ordered schools closed for multiple weeks to help slow the pandemic.

The National Education Association endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden late Saturday night, a nod of support that came after he secured a virtually unsurmountable lead for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Here are the states that have shut down K-12 schools because of the coronavirus.

The House passes legislation to make it easier for more students to access meals amid spread of COVID-19, and up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for many workers if a child's school has been closed.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issues guidance addressing student data privacy, testing schedules, students with disabilities, and accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

"We have a responsibility to save lives," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Twitter. "We could have waited to close schools, but based on advice from health experts, this is the time to do it."

Members of Congress have introduced bills designed to ensure that students who rely on federally subsidized meals can still receive them amid school closures related to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

The eventual Democratic presidential nominee should commit to selecting a woman as his running mate, says a letter signed by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and other prominent women this week.

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