McKinney ISD and several surrounding school districts are extending spring break by one week in response the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“[This] action is being taken in an attempt to minimize health and safety risks to the McKinney ISD community,” MISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel said in a post on the district’s Facebook page.

MISD schools will remain closed to students and staff March 16-20, the post stated.

“The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 23, and will communicate across all channels as updated information becomes available,” McDaniel said.

Frisco and Plano ISDs also announced March 12 that they will be extending spring break by another week.

The district will be posting updates to its website and social media channels.

District offices will be closed during this time, and all district events and competitions that have been scheduled to take place during this time frame are be considered canceled until further notice, McDaniel said in the post. Student travel for events and competitions outside of the district will also be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

“We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” McDaniel said in the post. “Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know, and what we can anticipate based on information from local, state and national agencies ... we believe this is the most prudent course of action at this time.”

For more information, visit the district's website.