It was something that local districts prepared for, so it was no shock when Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order closing schools for the rest of the school year due to coronavirus concerns.
Under the order, all schools in the state of Texas — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.
Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.
Lamar Consolidated ISD was prepared for closures, but Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle wanted more direction from Austin on when to close the schools for the rest of the school year. While schools will be shuttered, LCISD said in a statement that modified business operations and remote learning will continue until the last day of school on Thursday, June 4.
“We understand this has been a challenging time for the Lamar CISD community and today’s announcement will bring additional questions. Please be assured that during the closure, we’ll be in contact with state and local officials and we will continue to keep the community updated,” the statement from the district said.
Meanwhile, Needville ISD announced proposed grading changes at Needville High School after Abbott’s announcement.
“Since our Governor has announced that our schools will close for the year, we have prepared a plan to evaluate grades at NHS,” principal Steve Adamson said. “I know that many questions will arise. Teachers and staff will be in contact to assist.”
The grade changes at NHS are mostly the same grade changes at LCISD, with the only two grades of “Met Standard” and “Did Not Meet Standard” for the final grading period.
The fifth grading period will be grades that were on March 6 – when schools were ordered to close – or the same grade in the fourth grading period, whichever is the highest. If a student did not receive credit for a grade or wants to improve his/her students the opportunity to improve on their fifth grading period grades through Google Classroom, but the student needs to contact the teacher.
There will be no spring semester exams, and senior grade point averaged will not include grades from the spring semester. Fort Bend ISD already announced it would close its schools on Tuesday.
Dr. Randle and Needville ISD Supt. Curtis Rhodes both said this week that their teachers were prepared to continue to educate children online for the remainder of the school year.