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GISD Closes Through April 3

Texas Schools Temporarily Close Through April 3rd

In a press conference on COVID-19 on Thursday, March 19, Governor Greg Abbott declared a public health disaster in Texas, which has not been the case since 1901.  To coincide with this declaration, an executive order was issued temporarily closing all schools in Texas through April 3.  


“We are entering into uncharted waters and we will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, so that we may plan accordingly,” Dr. DesMontes Stewart said. “Meetings are occurring daily to ensure that we stay abreast of the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our community and our schools.”   


To date, the illness has been found in at least 27 Texas counties, with more than 140 people diagnosed, and at least 3 deaths. 


Although schools are closed, online learning platforms and various methods are being put into place to ensure the academic needs of students are met during this extended closure.  For GISD and most Cooke County schools, the current week, March 16-20, is the scheduled Spring Break for students and staff, which means that instruction will need to begin taking place the week of March 23. 


“I would like to publicly thank our GISD community for your undivided support, words of encouragement and willingness to assist as we work our way through these tumultuous times,” Dr. Stewart said.  “Helen Keller once said, ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.’  During this time of uncertainty, GISD will continue to do what is in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff, to keep everyone safe and to keep our students academically engaged.”


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