Lamar Consolidated ISD is planning to roll out its remote instruction plans for students on Friday afternoon as the district tries to move forward during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a board of trustees meeting on Thursday, Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle said plans for remote learning will go out to employees and parents on Friday so that instruction can begin on Monday while LCISD schools remain closed until April 10.

“We certainly realize that no amount of remote education can replace the in-person care and instruction our teachers provide,” Randle said. “We ask for everyone’s patience as we are all likely to make adjustments over the coming weeks … in order to best serve the needs of our 35,000-plus students.”

LCISD staff will also receive information regarding employee expectations, compensation, building access and payment processes on Friday, Randle said.

It is a tough situation for LCISD to provide education during the pandemic when some students do not have a computer or access to the Internet.

Randle said that the district would resume modified business operations beginning on Monday. But some of the staff will be doing work from home and very few will be at the administration building as the district will practice social distancing.

“It is important for all of us to realize that we are in uncharted territory, and this closure and business modification is very different from the challenges we have faced previously, such as hurricanes,” Randle said.

Randle also thanked the staff that is working now, including the child nutrition staff that is giving out breakfast and lunches to students every weekday and the maintenance staff that has cleaned and disinfected all schools.

He also said that he is still talking with local health officials and plans to keep the LCISD community informed of any more decisions.

The board voted to officially close the schools at the meeting, which also serves as a way to keep paying employees during the shutdown.

“I doubt any of us expected the challenge that is before us,” Randle said. “But I also know, without a doubt, that Lamar CISD is up to the challenge. And together, we will overcome it.”

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