Various schools in the Valley are announcing plans of preventive measures to protect, students, teachers and staff amid coronavirus concerns.
Several districts are canceling district school-sponsored travel for students.
The Roma Independent School District (ISD) announced in a release students will not be penalized if parents don’t feel safe sending their kids to school.
According to the release, parents have the choice to send or not send their children to school from March 23 to March 27.
“Please note: if you choose to keep your child at home, you need to contact your child’s campus to make arrangements to pick up a packet of educational materials that your child must complete and return when they come back to school on March 30,” read the release.
The district adds that each school will provide meals for students staying at home. Parents will need to make arrangements to pick up breakfast, lunch and snacks every day.
Out of an abundance of caution, McAllen ISD is canceling all school-sponsored travel for students and staff outside of Region One until further notice. Thank you for your patience and support.
Harlingen CISD is closely monitoring reports and information shared by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID 19. Effective immediately, in an abundance of caution, Harlingen CISD is canceling all school-sponsored out of state travel for the remainder of the school year. Additionally, we are suspending school-sponsored travel outside of the Rio Grande Valley until further notice. We want to thank our HCISD community for your support and understanding as we work together to keep our HCISD families safe.
At this time, none of our health officials, are recommending to cancel or reschedule immediate plans for travel within our region. However, Mission CISD is suspending all-district-sponsored domestic travel to sates where there is community-wide spread of the virus and where the state government has declared, proclaimed or order a state of emergency, public health emergency, or other preparedness and response activity for the outbreak.
BISD Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez has announced that all student travel outside of Region One/Rio Grande Valley is canceled until further notice. He wants to remind the community there are no confirmed cases in Cameron County nor in any surrounding counties.
Sharyland ISD Superintendent Dr. Vidaurri release the following statement:
We are actively monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation in coordination with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department. This is dynamic and changing on a daily basis. We will send periodic updates regarding this matter and keep our community informed of any changes via all media outlets. Rest assured, every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of all students, parents, and staff.
IDEA Schools also addressed coronavirus concerns adding there are no immediate plans to cancel classes and that it will proceed unless local health departments advise otherwise.
The statement in part reads:
Effective March 13, 2020, IDE Public Schools is suspending all College Field Lessons and any additional out-of-region student field trips until further notice… We ask that you do not travel to the level 3 countries of China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea. We also ask that you consider postponing any cruise ship travel.
Los Fresnos ISD
Los Fresnos ISD has released a statement saying the district has suspended athletic events and student travel.
“We have been in contact with the City of Los Fresnos administration to coordinate schedules such as Little League and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club,” Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar said in the release. “We have also been in contact with the UIL regarding all UIL events.”
Athletic events canceled include baseball, softball, track, golf, tennis, and powerlifting.
Rio Grande City CISD
Rio Grande City CISD released a statement announcing the district is extending spring break.
RGCCISD is extending Spring Break for their students until Tuesday, March 24.
RGCCISD employees are to report to work on Monday, March 23.
“District leaders will coordinate efforts to ensure student and staff safety in response to COVID-19 epidemic.”
Point Isabel ISD
The Point Isabel Independent School District announced on Twitter, effective immediately, the district is canceling all school-sponsored travel outside the Rio Grande Valley until further notice.
The Edcouch ISD Interm Superintendent, Richard Rivera, released a statement saying it has canceled all out-of-state trips, all state travel and all athletic competitions during Spring Break.
“During Spring Break out maintenance, food service, custodial, and transportation departments will continue disinfecting furniture, school busses, and other high traffic areas with deep cleaning.”
Rivera adds he is looking into the possibility of extending Spring Break another week, pending updates on the virus.
This story will be updated with more details as valley districts release information.