County announces shelter-in-place, lengthening school shutdowns


Shoppers collect toilet paper and paper towels to prepare for the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving store shelves empty. (Ethan Swope)

By Logan Little, Editor in Chief

The Tamalpais Union High School District extended the length of its initial school closures on March 16 in response to an order from the Marin County Health Officer directing all residents to shelter-in-place until April 7. 

Along with Marin, five other Bay Area counties announced shelter-in-places on March 16 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Under the restriction, residents are not permitted to leave their homes except to provide or receive “essential services” or engage in “essential activities,” such as getting food or necessary toiletries and caring for elderly individuals.

Prior to the county’s order, the Tam district planned to close schools from March 13 through March 27. However, students and staff will now return to schools on April 12. This is when the district was originally going to return from its spring break.

“We will be adhering to these new orders for the health and wellbeing of our entire community. The response to COVID-19 will continue to evolve and we will update the entire community as news becomes available,” superintendent Tara Taupier said in an email to the district on March 16.