Public and private schools across Long Island and New York State will be closed an additional two weeks, through April 15, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday morning.

Nassau and Suffolk county officials said Thursday that they were anticipating the move, since reopening schools on April 1 before the virus is expected to hit its apex in New York State in two to three weeks. Sending students back to school during the peak of the virus would defeat the purpose of temporarily closing schools.

“We’ll close the schools for another two weeks and then we’ll reassess at that point,” Cuomo told reporters Friday morning during his daily coronavirus news briefing.

“School districts have set up and continue to set up distance learning and there’s a reason for that,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Thursday. “And the reason is we’ve always suspected that this would go on for potentially an extended period.”

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