Edinburg, Texas (KVEO)—Hidalgo County Local Health Authority, Dr. Ivan Melendez, issued an order Tuesday for remote learning at all schools until September 27.
According to a release, all public and private schools, from grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12, will not re-open for in-campus instruction.
The order says instruction may be provided through virtual, remote, or distance learning only.
Administrators, teachers, and staff may conduct or facilitate the remote learning process, or other operations, while on-campus provided they follow all CDC guidelines including social distancing and wearing facial coverings at all times.
“I commend Dr. Melendez for putting the safety of our students, teachers and district staff first,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “As our numbers continues to rise, it is vital that we protect our children and our teachers. Until we can get a better handle on this virus we most continue to keep our distance from one another.”
Schools will not be allowed to host allowed to host any school-sponsored events and activities, such as clubs, sports, fairs, exhibitions, and academic or athletic competitions, until on-campus instruction resumes, according to the release.
Each school district must develop and submit a plan to parents and the public for their re-opening.