School districts preparing for extended spring break

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Schools prepping for extended break (CBS 4)

The coronavirus has caused some schools in the Valley to consider extending their spring break. 

Some school districts are starting the next step by giving parents the choice to keep their children at home without penalty. 

 Other districts, including Brownsville ISD, are still weighing out options.

“We have not reached any decision to extend the spring break for our students at this time we anticipate returning on the 23 of March,” said Alfonso Gutierrez, Brownsville ISD Public Information Administrator.

Gutierrez tells CBS 4, they will host a meeting this week to decide if they should move to online classes or have students receive paper packets if the virus continues to spread.

The Texas governor waived STAAR testing due to COVID-19 for the year, on Monday.

“We would need their guidance because STAAR and End of Course exams within STAAR have a lot of implications particularly for our graduates, our high school graduates,” said Gutierrez.

Thousands of people have contracted coronavirus and school districts hope keeping kids at home will keep the community safe.

As of March 16, there are no confirmed cases in the Valley.

Brownsville ISD will also look at ways to provide food to students who live in food-insecure homes.

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