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School Districts Keep School Closed Past Spring Break and Turn to Virtual Classrooms

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Some North Texas school districts have canceled classes out of an abundance of caution amid coronavirus concerns.

Allen ISD will be extending spring break through March 16-20. All meetings, campus events, practices, and extracurricular activities are suspended the week of March 16-20. This includes Kids Club.

Alvarado ISD canceled classes Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13, after a person in the community was told to self-quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus.

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Argyle ISD schools will remain closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.

Arlington ISD will close all 78 schools/campuses until March 30. Athletics, fine arts activities, clubs and organizations and all other gatherings will be canceled as well.

Birdville ISD will be closed March 16-27. All extracurricular activities during this period are canceled, the district said.

Burleson ISD schools will remain closed after Spring Break until Sunday, April 5. All extracurricular activities are also canceled during this time. This includes use of facilities such as open gyms, weight rooms, tryouts, practices and in-person team meetings effective at 1:30 p.m. March 13.

Carrollton - Farmers Branch ISD schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020. All campus events, field trips, student trips and UIL practices and competitions are canceled until further notice.  Additionally, all district offices will be closed.

Cedar Hill ISD is extending its spring break for an additional week. Scholars and staff should report to classes on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Celina ISD is extending spring break by one more week as a precaution. Schools will remain closed March 16-20. District offices and all district events/competitions are considered canceled until further notice.

Cleburne ISD will be closing schools beginning with the week of March 23, with classes resuming March 30. All school-related activities are canceled after March 13, until school resumes.

Coppell ISD is closing through March 20. All district events and competitions that have been scheduled during this timeframe will be considered canceled or postponed until further notice. District travel for student competitions and events outside the district also are canceled at this time.

Crowley ISD has extended its spring break through March 27.

Dallas ISD on Thursday canceled all district events and activities until further notice, including UIL events, athletics, field trips after-school programs and other campus activities. Classes will resume as scheduled on Friday, March 13. Click here for updates from the district.

Decatur ISD will close all schools and facilities the week after spring break, March 23-29.

Denton ISD will extend spring break March 16-20. School is tentatively scheduled to resume March 23.

DeSoto ISD will extend spring break March 16-20.

Duncanville ISD will extend its spring break, which starts on March 16 and will end on March 27. Students will report back to school on March 30.

Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD will extend its spring break through March 27.

Ennis ISD has extended spring break through March 20. All extracirricular practices, performances, events, games, meeting and district travel has been canceled as well.

Everman ISD will close for the next two weeks (March 16 – 27). This closure will take effect immediately.

Fort Worth ISD extended spring break two weeks through March 27. The district is working to find a way to make meals available to students who need it.

Frisco, McKinney, Lovejoy, Plano, and Prosper ISDs extended their spring break holidays through Friday, March 20, the districts announced Thursday. Classes in the five districts will tentatively resume March 23.

Garland ISD says campuses, facilities and offices will be closed, and all meetings, events, practices, and extracurricular activities are canceled for the week of March 16-20.

Grandview ISD will postpone the return from spring break by at least one week. In addition, all campus events, field trips, student trips and UIL practices and competitions are postponed beginning Saturday, March 14 and throughout the closure. While they are hoping to be able to return to regular school activity on March 30th, they'll be continually evaluating the situation.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will be closed March 16-27. All UIL events, extracurricular activities and school events are canceled during this period.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD will be closed March 16-27. All UIL events, extracurricular activities and school events are canceled during this period. The district will however, offer free breakfast and lunch for all children who's 18 or younger. For more information, click here.

Irving ISD is on Spring Break through Monday, March 23, but will close all its schools and district offices through Friday, April 3. After Spring Break, beginning March 24, students will begin "distance learning." The district also canceled all campus events, trips, UIL practices and competitions until further notice.

Joshua ISD leaders will attend a meeting March 19 with Johnson County Emergency Management and will make a decision about school status for the first week back from Spring Break after that.

Keene ISD will extend spring break from March 16-27.

Keller ISD will be closed March 16-27 as administrators re-evaluate how to best prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in their community. All extracurricular activities and school events during this period are also canceled.

Lake Worth ISD will be closed through March 27 with classes set to resume March 30.

Lancaster ISD made the proactive decision to extend spring break through Friday, March 27. Students should plan to return on Monday, March 30. However, classes will take place Friday, March 13 as scheduled.

Little Elm ISD has extended its spring break by, which was original scheduled for March 16-20, through March 27.

Lewisville ISD will remain closed during its spring break March 16-20.

Mansfield ISD will extend spring break for an additional two weeks, March 16-27. All activities and field trips will be canceled.

Melissa ISD will remain closed from March 16-20 for an extended spring break. All scheduled events the week of March 16 are also canceled.

Princeton ISD is extending spring break by one week, March 16-20. Effective March 13, all district events and competitions will be considered canceled until further notice.

Red Oak ISD schools and offices will be closed, March 16-20. In addition, closure includes cancellation of all events and activities effective immediately through March 22.

Rice ISD is closed through March 20, classes will reseum on March 23. All extracirricular activities and practices have been canceled as well.

Richardson ISD canceled all after-school activities and events through Friday, March 13. Public meetings, events and UIL contests after spring break (starting March 23) are being evaluated.

Rockwall ISD will extend its spring break one week through March 20. Students and staff will return to school on Monday, March 23.

Royse City ISD will be closed through April 3, no extracurricular or UIL activities will take place until further notice.

Sanger ISD will remain closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. All events scheduled during this time should be considered postponed and tentatively rescheduled, the district said Friday.

St. Rita Catholic School will remain closed through spring break for "deep cleaning," while Ursuline Academy announced "e-Day protocols" will be enacted on Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13 – this all after a member of the extended school community is presumed positive for COVID-19.

Sunnyvale ISD is extending spring break and keeping schools closed March 16-20 and making arrangements for students who need breakfast and lunch to pick up their meals.

Venus ISD will not hold classes the week of March 23-27, and will suspend all extra-curricular activities, practices, travel, and use of facilities through Sunday March 29. They will actively evaluate the situation throughout this time. Should there be a need to close for an additional length of time, we will contact parents and staff by noon on Thursday, March 26.

Weatherford ISD will be closed for two weeks following spring break. Students and staff will return to campuses on Monday, April 6.

Wylie ISD extended its spring break by canceling classes between March 15 through March 20. District events and competitions that were scheduled during this time are considered to be canceled, administrators said.

ECI Academies in Rowlett, Royse City and Sunnyvale have also extended spring break for March 16-20.

International Leadership of Texas is closing all its campuses for the next two weeks, classes will resume with internet instruction on March 23.

Trinity Basin Preparatory is closed March 16-20.

Meanwhile, school districts are following CDC guidelines in asking students and employees who are traveling over spring break to countries hit the hardest by COVID-19 infections to self-quarantine when they return to North Texas.

How to Avoid COVID-19 Infection:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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