Spring Break Extended through March 20
Dear Italy ISD Families:
After consultation with other area school districts and state officials, we believe it is in the best interest of our families and community to take proactive precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Italy ISD (IISD) schools and offices will be closed next week, March 16-20, for all non-essential personnel. All IISD staff please check your email for more information regarding work requirements for next week. In addition, closure includes cancellation of all events, travel and activities effective immediately through March 22. While there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ellis County, they do have one case under review and test results will not be returned until later next week.
We will also plan for delivery of home-based instruction to occur March 23-27. Home-based instruction will be a combination of online and home study options that will allow us to continue our student learning. Expect more information regarding home instruction to come next week. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation to determine if any additional changes will be necessary throughout next week. We recognize that school closure may cause hardships for our families as they look for childcare. However, we feel that keeping our children and staff safe is our top priority and putting the health of our IISD family at risk is too great.
We also know that many of our children rely on breakfast and lunch programs to receive healthy and nutritious meals. We will be working with our child nutrition department to offer “on the go” meals for families who are in need. More information about location and time will be forthcoming.
In an effort to stay informed and receive the latest information, please continue to check your email and IISD social media daily. We will work diligently to provide you accurate and factual information.
Due to this school closure, IISD will have to use two bad weather make-up days, which will be Friday, April 10 and Thursday, May 21. As the district continues to assess the state’s make-up requirements, additional adjustments may be required to the school day or calendar. As soon as we receive that information, we will update you as soon as possible.
During this week, please continue to practice any and all illness prevention methods as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Clean the surface of cell phones and keyboards.
Cover your mouth inside your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Stay home if you are sick.
Clean and disinfect all areas daily.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
While COVID-19 is a concern, the flu season continues to be active. These practices are necessary to prevent any illness.
We will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation and provide updates as needed. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work together to keep our students and staff safe.
Dr. Michelle Schwind