In a move to continue resisting the spread of COVID-19, schools across the area will continue to be shut down for at least another four weeks.

Lamar Consolidated ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Needville ISD will all be closed and suspend normal operations until April 10, citing the spread of the coronavirus, which is expected to rise in the Greater Houston area.

Both East Bernard ISD and Brazos ISD plan to return to normal operations on Monday.

The announcement also comes after the Centers for Disease Control added guidelines that include a social distancing protocol. President Trump also stated that there should be very few gatherings of 10 or more people.

In LCISD, plans for alternative kinds of education are being discussed. In a release, the district said it remains flexible while planning for a long-term delivery of instruction. The district is reviewing options for remote and continuing instruction for students and an update will be shared with parents and staff by Friday.

LCISD canceled several committee meetings this week, including Tuesday’s workshop with the board of trustees. However, the board will have its regular meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m., where trustees will discuss the school closings and its plans for remote education.

In Needville, NISD leaders are planning for long-term delivery of instruction. They ask students, parents and the community to continue to monitor email and visit the district website for more information.

“The health of the Needville ISD students, staff and community is the District’s top priority,” Supt. Curtis Rhodes said.

Meanwhile, Fort Bend ISD is starting the beginning phases of a district-wide online instruction method for its students, Supt. Dr. Charles Dupre said.

“We determined it would be in all of our best interests to go ahead and announce the closure at this time to enable staff and families the opportunity to plan accordingly,” Dupre said in a statement. “For Fort Bend ISD, this means that we will continue with the plans we have in place for the time being, and only essential staff will report as we prepare for the possibility of virtual instruction.”

Dupre asks concerned parents, community members and staff members in FBISD to call an informational hotline, 281-634-0043, or check their website at www.fortbendisd.com/covid19 for more information.

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