UPDATED: Conroe ISD cancels classes till April 10 due to coronavirus outbreak

Conroe ISD will be closed March 16-20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Conroe ISD will be closed March 16-20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Conroe ISD will be closed March 16-20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Updated March 16, 6:37 p.m.

Following the example of neighboring districts, Conroe ISD will extend its class cancellation to April 10.

In a Facebook livestream, CISD Superintendent Curtis Null said he and the other district superintendents in the Greater Houston area decided to cancel classes after a March 16 afternoon consultation with county judges and hospital district.

“When I receive information as the superintendent of schools from the county judge and from our health care experts that tell us that closing school is what can keep our communities safe and they urge us to do that, I can assure you that any of you in my seat would make that same decision,” Null said.

Although campuses are closed March 16-20, Null said instruction will continue at home. Families without electronics or internet access will be provided instruction in other ways. He said schools will be the primary coordinators for the families.

Null asked for patience, both with the district and with the teachers.

“This is going to be very new to us and what we do,” Null said. “We have the best teachers in the state of Texas and they’re great at what they do but what we’re asking them to do right now is to change their way of thinking completely.”

Null said the 30,000 students who rely on the district for lunch will be able to receive food at 10 different locations in the district. He said the district will send out a schedule of meal opportunities when it is finalized.

Although the district hopes to continue special events in May such as prom and graduation, Null said there is no guarantee those events will remain as scheduled. He said currently, there are no plans to change the last day of school.

CISD employees will continue to be pay throughout the closure, according to Null.

Null said the district plans on making more Facebook livestreams as the closure continues to provide updates, as well as educational videos for students. The CISD board of trustees also has a meeting March 17 at 6 p.m. at 3205 W Davis Street, Conroe.

Originally posted March 12, 4:23 p.m.

Conroe ISD announced March 12 the district will be closed from March 16-20.

District employees will receive further instructions from their supervisors. There are several presumed positive cases of the coronavirus in Montgomery County.
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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