Texas schools to remain closed

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Posted 4/21/20

All Texas public and private schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday.

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All Texas public and private schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday.

"The team of doctors advising us have determined it would be unsafe to allow students to gather at schools for the foreseeable future," said Abbott.

"[Texas Education Agency] fully supports the governor's actions and continues to work closely with districts across the state to ensure students are getting what they need: meals, dedicated efforts to keep kids feeling safe and connected during these times, and support so students can continue to learn and grow academically," said the TEA in a statement.

In response to Friday’s announcement, both Madisonville CISD and North Zulch ISD extended their free lunch programs to last through the remainder of the year. Instructional learning away from the classroom will also continue through the end of the year.

Meals can be picked up at the MHS cafeteria pick-up lane from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Thursday’s selection includes additional meals for Friday.

Delivery locations for meals have included Midway Community Center, Bedias Civic Center, Oakwood Apartments and Hope Circle.

Instructional packets can be retrieved or turned in by MCISD students Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Marked boxes are available at the front entrance of each campus (north entrance at MHS).

NZISD offers meals each Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Instructional packets can be retrieved from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. each Monday.

MHS also informed students they have canceled the senior scholarship ceremony, which was scheduled to take place May 5, as well as the annual senior trip, which was planned for Galveston.

On March 20, the MCISD board passed a resolution authorizing the district to continue wage payments to all contractual and non-contractual, salary and non-salary employees during time missed due to coronavirus concerns.

Shortly after Abbott’s Friday announcement, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) officially canceled all remaining 2019-20 spring activities and state championships.

“Our staff had been working hard on plans to resume activities this spring, but without schools in session, interscholastic activities cannot continue,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Our highest priority during this challenging time is ensuring the health and safety of our students and communities and making progress in the containment of COVID-19 in Texas. We are now turning our attention to the 2020-2021 school year.”

Practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice. The previously communicated information allowing remote instruction remains in place. The UIL will continue to follow the direction of state authorities and will work closely with member schools to navigate this unprecedented time.

“I am grateful to the UIL staff for their leadership and dedication to students,” said UIL Legislative Council Chair Curtis Rhodes. “Together we will get through this and we look forward to the day students are once again able to participate in education-based interscholastic activities.” 

The Texas Tribune contributed to this report.

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