LOCAL SCHOOLS CLOSE: Uncertain about the future educational

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Although still three months left in the traditional school year, classrooms sit empty due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, possibly for the rest of 2019-2020.

Students and teachers returned from spring break earlier this week, and while Roby CISD extended its break through Wednesday, Aspermont and Rotan school districts have implemented several changes from schedules to instructional hours and courses to daily release times. However, by mid-week superintendents were making official announcements that schools would be closing, uncertain on when — or if — classes will resume on campuses.

Since Sunday, Superintendents across the state have been participating in daily telephone conference calls with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, sharing information gathered at local levels as well as offering guidance received from state and national health care professionals.

Although school closures for the remainder of the school year have been a consideration, at present Morath has not required it, instead, ceding local control to superintendents based on the needs of their respective communities.


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