PFLUGERVILLE, Texas - Officials with Pflugerville Independent School District say schools will be closed March 23-27 "in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and safeguard the well-being of our students and staff."
In a letter posted to the district's website, Superintendent Dr. Douglas Killian says the decision was made based on recent updates and that students and staff should not return to campuses until they are notified.
All Pflugerville ISD facilities will be closed during this period for instruction as well as all other functions until further notice, including UIL events, athletics, rentals, field trips, after-school programs, and other campus activities.
Dr. Killian says that the situation remains fluid and says there has not been any decisions made about additional school closures after March 27.
The full letter is below:
As you know, Pflugerville ISD has been closely monitoring updates from our local health department, Texas Department of State Health Services (TSHS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Texas Education Agency regarding COVID-19. At this time, hundreds of schools across the state have closed as a precaution.
Based on recent updates, and in order to help slow the spread of the virus and safeguard the well-being of our students and staff, PfISD has decided to close school from Monday, March 23 to Friday, March 27. Students and staff should not return to campuses until they are notified. During this period, all PfISD facilities will be closed for instruction and all other functions until further notice, including UIL events, athletics, rentals, field trips, after-school programs, and other campus activities.
This is a very fluid situation, and we are receiving continuous updates from health authorities. Additional school closures after March 27 have not been decided at this time, but we will inform parents as soon as any decisions are made. As we learn more from our governing agencies, we will also share more information regarding student meal offerings during the closure, instructional support for students at home, state testing, and a variety of other topics.
The decision to close schools is never made lightly, and we know the impact of this closure is far-reaching. Please understand this decision was made based upon the current reality of COVID-19 activity and the recommendations and information provided by DSHS and the CDC. We will always place the safety and well-being of our students and staff as the first priority.
Please continue to monitor our website for further information and updates, www.pfisd.net/coronavirus.
Thank you for your understanding. Please take care of yourselves and each other. We will follow up with more information as we reevaluate later in the week what additional steps should be taken. In the meantime, we encourage our students to continue to read, read, read!
In the best interest of children,
Dr. Douglas Killian