Despite the closing of schools until May, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle said that important events such as graduation are still on schedule.

Randle said on a YouTube video released over the weekend that “we’re still keeping every option on the table” for proms and graduations for high school seniors, even though schools are closed until May 4. The closure is by an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott in order for the state to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“At this time, none of these events are canceled and we promise to keep you informed as time goes on,” Randle said.

Every Texas school district is on hold as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread across the state and the country. Over 6,812 cases of the coronavirus are confirmed in the state, with 127 fatalities.

Like most other school districts, LCISD has gone to online learning to educate students until the schools open again. Randle said that he has been pleased with how the online program is going with the students.

“I have no doubt that remote learning looks different from classroom-to-classroom and home-to-home, and that’s OK,” he said. “We are all facing different challenges and I know we are all doing our best to make this new reality work for our students.”

Randle asks parents with concerns or questions about their child’s educational experience to email their school’s principal and/or teacher as well as visit the LCISD website.

LCISD is scheduled to have a board of trustees meeting next Thursday, April 16, and a board workshop next Tuesday, April 14. There is no word whether the meeting will take place traditionally under Fort Bend County’s stay-at-home order or whether it will be done via video conferencing.

Randle also took the time to thank the faculty and staff who continue to perform under modified working conditions as the district deals with the stay-at-home order.

“We realize this unpredictable situation has required you to change your way of life to help keep our community safe,” Randle said. “I want everyone to know, from our parents to our community partners, to our students, teachers and staff, you are doing a great job and your efforts are what makes LCISD in our community so special.”

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