On April 17, Gov. Greg Abbott announced initial steps to reopen the state's economy during the coronavirus outbreak; however, he also issued an executive order directing all schools to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Following Abbott's order,
officials at Humble and New Caney ISDs released statements to parents and staff members regarding next steps. Prior to the April 17 order, both districts were scheduled to remain closed through May 3, per state guidelines set March 31.

Free curbside meals for students will continue for HISD and NCISD students through the end of their respective school years, officials stated. Students at both districts will also need to continue their distance learning courses through the end of the year.

HISD officials stated that books, uniforms and equipment would need to be returned to the district by the end of the year, and the district would work with students to return personal items left on campuses.

With students unable to return to campuses or congregate in groups for the remainder of the year, certain ceremonial events, such as graduation and prom, are up in the air. Although NCISD officials already announced April 6 that it would be canceling prom for New Caney, Porter and Infinity Early College high schools, officials have not released information on if and how graduation will be conducted.

"We will provide updates as soon as possible about how this impacts services, activities and events, including high school graduations, as more information becomes available," NCISD's statement read. "The current program for continuing education services and meal services after spring break remains in place."

Meanwhile, HISD officials stated all senior activities, including prom, are currently under review. However, the district's statement said the HISD was committed to holding some sort of graduation ceremony for seniors.

"It is our goal for our seniors to have the opportunity to wear their caps and gowns, and hear their names called in front of their families, when it is safe to do so," HISD's statement read. "While we cannot finalize plans with the current limitations in place, please know that we intend to communicate potential dates next week."