Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that public and private school classrooms will remain closed for the remainder of the school year to avoid quickening the spread of COVID-19.
The decision, made with the advice of doctors and health officials, came alongside a series of executive orders intended to slowly reopen the state economy, relaxing restrictions on retail businesses, doctor's offices and public parks.
"The team of doctors advising us have determined it would be unsafe to allow students to gather at schools for the foreseeable future," Abbott said.
Crockett County CCSD issued a statement following Abbott’s announcement that the district will continue the rest of the year with home-based learning.
“It is with great regret and a heavy heart to announce we will not be meeting again this year to close what has been a successful, and productive school year. At this time we are awaiting further guidance and information regarding graduation ceremonies. As soon as we receive information, I will release an update to keep everyone informed. We will continue to serve our students through Home-Based Learning to finish out the year. We want to remind you that teachers are posting grades, and that completion of assignments is mandatory,” said Superintendent Raul Chavarria in the statement.
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will provide school districts more details soon, including how to handle graduation ceremonies, Abbott said.
"[Texas Education Agency] fully supports the governor's actions and continues to work closely with districts across the state to ensure students are getting what they need: meals, dedicated efforts to keep kids feeling safe and connected during these times, and support so students can continue to learn and grow academically," the agency said in a statement.
CCCCSD has set up mandatory work assignments for students. OHS and OMS assignments are in Google Classroom. OES assignments are in Class Dojo.
Anyone having trouble accessing assignments may contact teachers through email or Google Messaging.
The school’s website, ozonaschools.net, has email access and assignment information.
The district will also resume food service starting Monday, April 20. Food service drive-through and pick up will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the OES Campus.
Chavarria also said the district’s administration office will be open for telephone calls only from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday at (325) 392-5501 ext. 0. People can also leave a message, and calls will be returned, Chavarria said.