UPDATED: Montgomery ISD extends class closure to April 10 due to coronavirus concerns

Montgomery ISD will close for spring break starting March 12. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Montgomery ISD will close for spring break starting March 12. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Montgomery ISD will close for spring break starting March 12. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Updated March 16, 6:50 p.m.

Montgomery ISD students will not return to campuses until April 13, according to a press release. Following the example of many neighboring districts, MISD will cancel classes through April 10.

The district did not provide any updates or plans for instruction.

Originally posted March 11, 11:44 a.m.

Montgomery ISD will close for spring break starting March 12 for "deep cleaning" due to concerns of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Superintendent Beau Reese.

In a press conference with the Montgomery County Health Department, Reese said the district will also cancel travel and events for students. He said the district has been in contact with its cleaning contractor, SSE Services, on protocols to keep the schools clean. Reese said MISD is currently the only school district in Montgomery County not currently on spring break.

"We have these two days for a little early exit for students and staff, and it gives us a little additional time to ensure that we're able to hit all our facilities in the district with a deep cleaning that include wiping down all areas and surfaces that are common areas that people may touch," Reese said. "As well as in classrooms, being able to use hospital-quality disinfectant across the district so that we can ensure the students' safety as well as the staff."

Reese said the district is still planning to reopen for classes March 23.

Montgomery County officials confirmed the county's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus March 10.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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