As federal, state and local leaders continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Fort Bend ISD announced online learning will continue through at least May 4, according to a March 31 news release by the school district.

The district had previously announced that all school operations would be remote until April 10.

FBISD's announcement comes on the same day that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a coronavirus-related executive order that, in part, recommended schools remain closed until May 4.

FBISD began online engagement March 30, and teacher-facilitated instruction is expected to start April 3. Superintendent Charles Dupre said the district’s online learning program is not optional but is reasonable and will allow for families to have flexible learning schedules.

In a news release that went out to parents March 30, Dupre encouraged patience and emphasized that this is a new experience for everyone.

“Everyone will make mistakes, and everyone will feel stressed from time to time,” Dupre wrote. “It’s okay. As long as everyone is showing grace and compassion, communicating with one another, demonstrating patience, and being respectful of others, it will be fine. Just do your best."

The district has not yet made decisions about graduation and other planned end-of-year events. The scheduled last day of school is May 28.

schools are closed because of the coronavirus, FBISD is continuing to provide meals at 23 different locations to students in the community who are 18 and younger.