FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Public Schools will be closed starting Friday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a message from Superintendent of Schools Mike Cummings.

“The Fairfield Public Schools will close beginning tomorrow, Friday March 13, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice,” Cummings said in an email to staff and student’s families. “The closure applies to all athletic events and practices, club meetings and other student activities.”

Cummings said while there had yet to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Fairfield, public health authorities have advised officials that community transmission of the virus is now occurring in the area. He said the decision was made out of precaution.

“We continue to prepare for distance learning and expect to implement that as quickly as possible. We are finalizing plans that will best support all of our learners and will send an updated district notification via Infinite Campus tomorrow (March 13),” Cummings said.

The Superintendent said the closure days would be counted in the same manner as snow-days and made up at the end of the year.

“We are actively working to minimize those days,” Cummings said. “We are submitting our waiver application with the CT State Department of Education today.”

SAT testing slated for Saturday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School has been postponed, Cummings said, adding that information would be relayed as it became available.

“In all circumstances, our priority is the health of you and your families. Please continue to take preventive measures and please look out for each other,” Cummings said. “We look forward to seeing you, virtually or in person, as soon as possible.”

The is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.