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Coronavirus COVID-19
Graydon Hicks
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Fort Davis ISD is monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, closely.  We expect more guidance and information from the Texas Education Agency on Friday, Mar 13.  We will adjust our schedules and classes as necessary to minimize any exposure to this virus, as we have the various flu viruses in the past.  We will communicate any changes via our parent alert system, our web page, and our FaceBook page.  Meanwhile, please see the information below.

PYT Client Alert Special Update to this week's Ed Clips!
To keep everyone as informed as we possibly can, PYT will be publishing frequent client alerts for the foreseeable future about the latest Coronavirus news. Be on the lookout for these alerts as we watch and report how the illness is impacting public schools and communities across the country.
Resources from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos FERPA and Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak
Two Texas public school districts halt classes over possible coronoavirus risks. Montgomery ISD and Alvarado ISD have temporarily shut down their campuses over concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19 via community members. Montgomery ISD, in the Houston area, will close today and tomorrow, two days before their planned spring break, and Alvarado ISD, in the Dallas area, closed schools from Wednesday to the end of the week. Both schools plan to conduct deep cleanings of their campuses to protect their students and staff. Additionally, Fort Bend ISD has closed for two weeks.
As of this morning, the majority of universities in Texas have made the decision to either extend spring break, transition over to online classes, or a combination of both. Here is a list of those universities and what they have decided to do.
  • The University of Texas at Austin has extended spring break by one week until March 30. Should they choose to, students can return to dorms on March 23 (the original return date of the break). Additionally, all home sporting events will be played without attendance until March 22nd, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has chosen to transition all of its courses online after the break.
  • Texas A&M University is currently on spring break and has chosen to extend its break by two days. Students will return on Monday the 16th.
  • Baylor University has extended spring break by one week, and classes will be online for two weeks, March 23 to April 3, after they return. Residence halls and designated dining halls will be open during those three weeks.
  • Texas Tech University has canceled classes the week after spring break, and starting March 30th all classes will be taught online. Campus buildings will remain open.
  • The University of Houston has canceled classes for the week of March 16, and starting March 23 classes will be taught online. Except for students who need university housing and dining services, students have been asked to stay home.
  • Prairie View A&M University will suspend classes until March 23.
  • Texas A&M University - San Antonio has extended its spring break through March 22 and classes will be delivered online for one week afterward.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio is extending its spring break through March 15. Once students return on March 23, classes will be taught online through April 13.
  • Texas Christian University has extended spring break through March 20 and classes will be online for the two weeks following. Additionally, large meetings and on-campus events are canceled through April 3, and university-related international travel and nonessential domestic travel has been suspended through the end of March.
  • Alamo Colleges District has extended spring break through March 20, and classes from March 23 and on will be taught remotely.
  • St. Edward's University will host two weeks of online classes at the end of its scheduled spring break.
  • Southwestern University has extended spring break by two days. Students will return on March 25.
  • Texas State University has extended spring break for one week and will transition to remote courses through April 12.
Coronavirus Updates in Texas Yesterday, March 11, was a big day in the development of the Coronavirus. The Texas Tribune gathered the biggest developments in one place, so be sure to check out. Some key developments:
  • Texas will receive nearly $42 million from the CDC to help respond to the Coronavirus.
  • The city of Houston has canceled the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Dallas has canceled its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • There are currently more than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As always, PYT will do our best to stay on top of the latest news, but in the meantime continuously check with the Texas Education Agency, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most recent reports concerning COVID-19 and what your school district can do to stay ahead of the illness. General Information Regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
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