Tomball ISD cancels classes March 16-20 'out of abundance of caution'

No classes will be held March 16-20 in Tomball ISD, district officials announced March 12. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
No classes will be held March 16-20 in Tomball ISD, district officials announced March 12. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

No classes will be held March 16-20 in Tomball ISD, district officials announced March 12. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

No classes will be held March 16-20 in Tomball ISD, Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora announced March 12 in a letter to families. The decision comes as neighboring districts and community officials announce cancellations in hopes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

"I feel it is in the best interest of our students and staff of Tomball ISD and out of abundance of caution to delay the return from Spring Break until Monday, March 23," Salazar-Zamora said in the letter.

Students were slated to resume classes March 17 with Monday, March 16, as a staff workday.

Salazar-Zamora said district officials plan to make decisions one week at a time and make decisions accordingly; however, the district plans to have students and staff return Monday, March 23.

The letter also states all extracurricular activities, including sports, are canceled until further notice to increase social distancing in the community.


However, the district is looking into the details of providing meal services to students with a grab-and-go meal option, Salazar-Zamora said; however, no further details are yet available.

"We know that closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families, and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer," Salazar-Zamora said in the letter. "It is in times like these that our Tomball community values become visible. We will get through this, but it will take all of us being proactive to ensure a healthy environment."

The TISD board of trustees has called an emergency meeting at 1 p.m. March 13 to discuss updates of school closures due to the virus.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.