New York Film School is closing due to a health crisis

NEW YORK —  New York Film Schools will close its doors in April after an outbreak of coronavirus, the New York State Department of Health announced Tuesday.

In a statement, the state Department of Education said the closure will result from the “serious health crisis” at the school, which serves about 1,200 students from kindergarten through high school.

“The health crisis at New York’s Film School will have a profound impact on the students, staff and community in New York, and we will continue to work with our partners in education and community to ensure that our students have access to the highest quality education,” the statement said.

Officials said students from the school will still be able to visit the school’s campus for lectures and classes, but will have to leave by early April.

Students who are attending school for a second or subsequent year will be able return in the fall and begin their careers in the industry, officials said.

New York State, the District of Columbia and the city of New York are among the states experiencing a surge of coronaval disease.

In New York City, where the outbreak has been most severe, coronaviruses have killed at least 16 people, including a woman who was in intensive care with an undisclosed virus.

The health department is asking students to consider enrolling in the summer program, and also to stay away from places with high rates of infection, including schools, bars, churches and theaters.