UPDATED: Willis ISD to provide meals, instruction throughout closure

Willis ISD will cancel classes March 16-20. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Willis ISD will cancel classes March 16-20. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Willis ISD will cancel classes March 16-20. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Updated March 19, 1:55 p.m.

Throughout its closure until April 10, Willis ISD will provide meals for students at several locations in the district.

Courtesy of the Montgomery County Food Bank, the district will provide 150 backpacks of food to last over the weekend on March 20 from 10 a.m.-noon. Backpacks will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis at two locations through curbside pickup.

  • Meador Elementary School, 10020 FM 830, Willis

  • CC Hardy Elementary School, 701 Gerald St, Willis

The same two schools will be the centers for meals beginning March 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon-Fri. These meal bags include breakfast and lunch. Students must be in the car to receive meals.

In a YouTube video, Superintendent Tim Harkrider said the district will also be providing prescription pick-ups on March 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at all campuses. Parents or guardians must have some kind of identification or must provide a signed note to whomever picks up the medication.

The district is currently formulating a plan for curriculum and instruction for students during the closure. Plans are set to be released sometime during the week of March 23.

Updated March 16, 6:42 p.m.

Wills ISD will extend its closure to April 10, according to a press release.

The district's Innovation, Teaching & Learning department is currently creating plans for instruction for the closure, which will be shared March 18. The Child Nutrition department is also creating a curbside feeding plan, which will be announced March 18.

Originally posted March 12,

Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, Willis ISD will be closed March 16-20.

The closure will effect all before- and after-school activities, athletic events and weekend activities. An update will be sent out on March 20 to communicate if schools will open on March 23. 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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