Eanes ISD and Lake Travis ISD released statements March 31 following an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott extending school closures until May 4 in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Lake Travis ISD previously continued its school closure until April 13, in accordance with the shelter-in-place order issued by Travis County. However, Eanes ISD said it was evaluating the situation on a regular basis, following an official statement closing district facilities until April 5.
As the pandemic continues and more Travis County residents test positive for coronavirus, both districts announced they will adhere to Abbott’s order.
Despite these closures, a number of essential functions will continue within the school districts.
In a letter to the community March 31, Superintendent Brad Lancaster confirmed that remote learning, mobile meals, custodial services and more will continue at the district level.
Online learning for EISD students is also scheduled to continue throughout the closure, according to a statement posted to the district’s website.
“As soon as it is safe for staff, students and the entire community, we will provide sufficient notice prior to reopening our schools,” the statement read.
Employees at both districts will continue to receive pay throughout the scheduled closure, with many continuing to work remotely.
Lancaster noted that the continued extension of school closures has left the community with unanswered questions regarding whether the district will return in the 2019-20 school year.
“Many are asking if there will be some type of modified graduation event,” Lancaster said. “At the moment, we simply do not know what will happen after May 4.”