Houston, Mo., Monday, March 16, 2020
The spread of COVID-19 in our region requires school districts to be flexible and make decisions that are in the best interest of public health. The Houston District will be in session tomorrow, March 17, however we will be closing after that for the remainder of the week through April 3rd.
This closure will impact all extra- and co-curricular activities, including athletic competitions, practices and after-school programs and events. Per the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), "If a school has determined that they are closing for a period of time due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), then no practices or games should occur during that time."
The Houston District understands that this is a very uncertain time for everyone, but the public can be certain of one thing: we are focused on protecting the safety and well-being of students, staff and their families. This decision has been made after consultation with DESE, the Texas County Health Department, Texas County Emergency Manager, and other school districts in our area. For this to have the expected effect, we ask all parents and guardians to follow the CDC recommendations in the link at the bottom of this letter.
The Houston District recognizes that this decision will have a wide-reaching impact on many people, so plans are being developed to support our school and community. Areas of consideration, but not yet determined, include the following:
1. Meal service
2. Alternative learning opportunities and resources (including guidance as it relates to assignments and grades)
3. School calendar adjustments/modifications
4. Extra-curricular and intra-curricular activities/contests
5. Logistics and other specifics related to the delivery of services during school closure will be forthcoming.
As this unprecedented situation continues to evolve, additional modifications may be necessary. As decisions are made, we will continue to share information through regular communication channels.
Families play an important role in protecting individuals from the spread of COVID-19 and are encouraged to follow the guidance of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Allen Moss
Houston R-1 School