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CCISD schools will be closed until at least April 14

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Posted at 2:07 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 19:07:06-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Independent School District schools will be closed until at least April 14.

The district made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in an automated call to parents of the district's students.

April 14 is the day after Easter Sunday.

CCISD Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez said in the call that the district could reopen before April 14, but the closure could also be extended. Schools originally were closed on Monday after the district's annual spring break.

Hernandez also had a personal word to seniors whose final year of high school will be affected by the closure.

"I am so very sorry that your final semester has been interrupted," Hernandez said on the call. "I feel your hurt that proms and graduations may be affected. We still hope that this does not happen, but we must be prepared that it might."

District business will continue, remotely and in the workplace. The district also plans to continue its cleaning plans that began with the district's employees on Monday.

Here is the news release from the district:

In order to help safeguard students, staff and the community, CCISD schools and offices will be closed to the public until at least Tuesday, April 14. If it is safe to do so, the district will reopen earlier. If health officials continue to need everyone’s help to preserve health, CCISD will extend the closure.

In the coming days, CCISD will provide more learning opportunities for students. In addition to helping keep students on grade level, it is the district’s hope that offering lessons will help provide some comforting structure to the day.

In a phone message and social media post to students on Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez had the following message for CCISD’s high school seniors: “I am so very sorry that your final semester has been interrupted. I feel your hurt that proms and graduations may be affected. We still hope that does not happen, but we must be prepared that it might. I want you to know how proud I am of each of you. We will get through this difficult time, and your future remains bright.”

CCISD will continue conducting district business, be that remotely or in the workplace. The district will follow health officials’ guidelines in terms of group size and social distancing, as well as continue to disinfect work areas. Employees are asked to follow their supervisor’s instructions so the district can continue serving the community. CCISD’s human resources department is in the process of setting up a FAQ to help keep employees informed of procedures during our temporary change in operations.

CCISD will continue to update the general FAQ as well as support staff, students and families throughout the pandemic. We thank everyone for the patience and compassion they have shown during this challenging time.