The Des Moines public school district announced this afternoon that it is canceling all classes, activities and programs for at least the next 17 days, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The goal is to resume school on Monday, March, 30, but that may be adjusted depending upon the spread of the virus, Des Moines Superintendent Tom Ahart said in a statement. “This is an extraordinary step for our school district, but this is an extraordinary time for our community, our country and the world. By taking this step, our goal is to implement preventive measures – from social distancing to additional cleaning at our schools – as well as give us more time to assess the spread of Coronavirus in Iowa and the impact it may have on our school district,” Ahart wrote. For more information, visit the district’s coronavirus webpage here.