Parents cope with sudden school closures

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Families with children enrolled in Temecula Valley Unified schools wait to pick up lunch meals provided by the school district on weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Temecula Elementary School due to coronavirus-related school closures. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The thought that the school year may end in the middle of March was likely something that occurred to no one back in August when local public schools opened for the fall semester. But it’s a reality that came crashing down suddenly on everyone’s heads late last week when school districts began announcing they would close at least until next month. On Tuesday, March 17, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he did not expect schools to reopen before the end of the academic year, a prediction that stunned many parents who were just beginning to deal with the new reality of children being home at all times. Lisanne Gibson of Murrieta said from talking to international friends, she was already beginning to expect the sudden school closures when the Murrieta Valley Unified Sc
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