Carstarphen said students and staff should report to school on Friday. Schools will use that day to prepare for an expected extended closure and supply students with learning materials.
If employees or students feel sick, however, they should not show up for school Friday, the district said.
There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in APS, according to the district statement.
While school buildings are closed, APS students will use the district’s online platform to do school work.
“Students who do not have access to the internet or devices, or students who attend regional programs for special education will be provided other instructional materials on Friday, March 13,” the district said.
All APS athletics and extracurricular activities have been cancelled throughout this closure. District employees will work remotely during the closure, APS said.