Amarillo metro students will not return to school after spring break: Districts uncertain when classes will resume


Amarillo metro school districts announced late Tuesday that students will not be returning to school after spring break due to the coronavirus outbreak. District officials are uncertain when school will resume due to the ever changing coronavirus situation.

"While there are no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Amarillo at this time, we know many students and staff will be returning from spring break travel and we want to do what we can to prevent the spread of the disease in our schools. This means Amarillo ISD students will not return to school next week after spring break. We don’t yet know what will happen beyond next week.

"It is important to understand that, while normal school operations are suspended, we must ensure students are continuing to learn so we don’t have to extend the school year into the summer. Parents will begin to receive information about at-home learning sometime next week.

"We are also developing plans to distribute meals to students who need them and will share those details in the coming days.

"One prevailing positive thing we’ve already seen from the COVID-19 pandemic is the way in which communities, organizations and neighbors are working together to support each other. For the school districts of Amarillo ISD, Canyon ISD, Bushland ISD, River Road ISD and Highland Park ISD, it is no different. The call to work together in service to our students, staff and communities is profound.

"We are answering that call by collectively working to be proactive. We ask you to take a moment to learn more about our decision and what it means for your family by watching our video message at www.amaisd.org/covid19.

"Please remember things are changing rapidly. We remain in close contact with city, state and federal health and education officials. We thank you for your patience and your trust in us. We thank you for your partnership as we all work together for the safety of our students, staff and community," AISD said in a statement.

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