Cancellations, restrictions related to COVID-19 ongoing

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Updates posted as available

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In response to an ongoing nationally-declared pandemic related to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, here is a list of all closings, cancellations and restrictions:

SCHOOLS

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced Friday all contests are suspended through March 29.  Rehearsals and practices may be held at the discretion of the local school districts. Gov. Greg Abbott announced he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Sulphur Springs ISD: SSISD will be closed through April 10. No extra-curricular or UIL activities will take place until further notice. The district will continue to assess the situation, and any updates will be announced April 9. Meals will be available for curbside grab-and-go pickup each weekday 7:30-11 a.m. Students will be able to pick up one breakfast and one lunch meal, and they do not have to attend any of the campuses where pick-ups are being held. Pickup locations include: Sulphur Springs Elementary School (Lee Street bus lane); Bowie Primary School (Mockingbird Lane student drop-off/pick-up lane); Bush Primary School (south bus lane circle to awning); and Douglass ECLC (Calvert Street awning). 
  • Cumby ISD: Classes are canceled through April 10. All UIL activities have the possibility to resume March 30, and the community meeting on March 21 regarding the school's spring bond election will not take place. Prom is cancelled on March 28 and may be rescheduled for a later date, according to the school. 
  • Sulphur Bluff ISD: Sulphur Bluff ISD will be closed through April 3. Students will return April 6 until further notice. SBISD will deliver and offer pickup meals to cover breakfast and lunch for every day of the week. Meals can be picked up Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and if transportation is an issue, school personnel will deliver the meals. Online instruction will begin Monday through Edmentum.
  • North Hopkins ISD: NHISD will closed until April 3. No extracurricular activities will take place on campus. Students and staff should plan to return April 6. After reaching out to families, NHISD will provide meals for those who confirmed their need. Deliveries will take place 10-11:30 a.m., and those who have confirmed a pickup meal can receive their meal at 10:15 a.m. behind the cafeteria. The district urges anyone who may have been missed to contact them at covid-19help@northhopkins.net
  • Miller Grove ISD: The district will be closed through April 3 and will make decisions in two-week increments in the future. No extracurricular activities will take place on campus. Students and staff should plan to return March 30. The school will provide breakfast and a sack lunch between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. For bus route students, bus drivers will deliver lunches. For non-bus route students, students may pickup lunches at school. To sign up for lunch, visit https://www.mgisd.net/. Those who need lunch can also email sjohnson@mgisd.net, gbillingsley@mgisd.net or jfox@mgisd.net. Students and families are also asked to complete the schoolwide technology survey in case cancellation of classes for longer than a week are necessary. Miller Grove FFA has also rescheduled their Community Clean-Up Day which has been slated for March 21. It will be rescheduled when classes resume.
  • Como-Pickton ISD: Como-Pickton CISD has extended its closure until April 10. Students can expect to return April 13. The district will begin Monday serving breakfast and lunch to students through a pickup service 10:15-11:15 a.m. Monday-Friday. Meals can be reserved the day before by calling 903-488-8895 between 8-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. If transportation is not available, meals can be delivered by school personnel starting at 10:15 each day. “We are embarking on something none of us have ever experienced in our lives,” Superintendent Greg Bower said in a statement released Thursday. “During these uncertain times, my administrative team and I will try our best to share as much information with you as possible. It is new to all of us, and I am sure we will make mistakes along the way.”
  • Saltillo ISD: Students and staff should plan to return April 6. Families will be contacted school staff to assess nutritional needs and instructional capabilities, according to Superintendent David Stickels. Those who have not been contacted and need assistance can contact the Saltillo ISD main office. Up to date info is available for students and families via IRIS telephone alerts, social media and the TEAM app.
  • Paris Junior College: Spring break has been extended to March 23 for students, but staff and faculty are expected to return March 16. Online-only classes will resume March 23 with the expectation to return to face-to-face class April 6.
  • TAMU-C: A&M-Commerce is suspending all face-to-face classes and transitioning to online instruction until further notice, according to a press release. 

HEALTHCARE

  • Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab: All visitors are restricted from entering and monitoring is ongoing. 
  • Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation: All visitors are restricted from entering and monitoring is ongoing. 
  • Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab: All visitors are restricted from entering and monitoring is ongoing. 
  • CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital: Hospital visitation is limited. Those under the age of 12 are asked not to visit as a precaution to patients.

MUNICIPAL OFFICES & SERVICES

  • 8th District Court: Non-essential functions cancelled until April 1. For a more comprehensive list, see https://www.ssnewstelegram.com/news/hopkins-county-courts-avoid-large-crowds
  • HCSO Jail: No longer offering on site visitation, NCIC (video visitation) will provide two free offsite visits.
  • Justice of the Peace Precincts 1 and 2: Non-essential functions cancelled until May 1. For a more comprehensive list, see https://www.ssnewstelegram.com/news/jp-courts-be-postponed-until-may-1
  • City of Cumby- City offices including main city hall, water department, police lobby, fire lobby, municipal court and maintenance are closed to the public. Fees can be paid online or by calling 903-224-2272 (utilities) or 903-224-2666 (court). Cash payments can be put in the dropbox outside city hall, but no change will be made. All those requiring police assistance should dial 911.
  • City of Sulphur Springs Municipal Court- The City of Sulphur Springs municipal court has rescheduled pre-trial hearings for March 19 at 8:30 a.m. to May 21 at 8:30 a.m.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & SERVICES

  • Sulphur Springs Public Library: Beginning March 17 at 6 p.m., the library will be closed until further notice, according to city manager Marc Maxwell. 
  • Hopkins County Genealogical Society: Closed March 16 to March 21, including the group's monthly meeting on March 19. HCGS will re-evaluate further hours at a later time, according to public information officer CarolAnn Dixon.
  • Dinner Bell: Cancelled for the next two weeks, according to senior center director Karon Weatherman. 
  • AARP Foundation Tax Aide services beginning March 14 at Wesley United Methodist Church will not be open Saturday and are suspended until further notice. 
  • Senior Citizens Center/ Meal-A-Day: Senior Activities Center closed until further notice and all activities suspended. Meal-A-Day will continue to be delivered, according to city manager Marc Maxwell.
  • Main Street Theater/ Community Players Inc.: Closed through March 20 and will re-evaluate further hours at a later time, according to board president Lyndie Mansfield. 
  • Hopkins County Law Enforcement Easter egg hunt: Postponed until a later time, according to chief deputy Tanner Crump. 
  • Hopkins County Community Chest Food Pantry: Unchanged due to coronavirus, except Friday produce day, which is suspended, according to a release. A drive-in has been established and clients can receive curbside pickup. No carryout is available. Community Chest will continue to serve clients but will transition to telephone interviews March 17. The main office will be closed and counselors will work offsite. New clients will need to have all information available. 
  • HCSO reintegration luncheon: Originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19 has been cancelled at this time and will be rescheduled at a later time, according to Sheriff's Office public information officer Angela Price. 
  • TxDOT: Child Passenger Safety Seat Check originally March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at 421 East Industrial Drive in Sulphur Springs has been cancelled and will be rescheduled  at a later date, according to Paris district public information officer Tim McAlavy. TxDOT has closed the lobbies of its 12 Travel Information Centers until further notice. Outside restrooms will remain available at all times and will be regularly cleaned between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The safety rest areas on highways throughout the state remain open, according to a press release.
  • Hopkins County Freedom Ball: Postponed until Aug. 29, according to organizer Linda Hager.
  • North East Texas Choral Society: The NETCS Board has announced that their Spring 2020 concert is cancelled. 
  • Kerry Garmon Foundation Scholarship dinner and auction scheduled for April 4 has been postponed until June or July.
  • Tanner Higgins Memorial Warrior Run- Rescheduled to a later, undetermined date, according to fund president Ryan Horne. 
  • Health Fair 55+ and the hot dog lunch at FBC's The ROC scheduled for April 7 has been cancelled until further notice. 

REGIONAL

  • City of Mount Pleasant has cancelled all events at their Civic Center through the end of April, which includes the Region D meeting scheduled for April 14. Those wanting to comment as pertain to the Initially Prepared Plan for the Regional Water Plan of the North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group may email them to regiond@netmwd.com and can include comments on any relevant topic.
  • Cooper Lake State Park: The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife will be limiting visitor access to park headquarters, park stores and visitor centers and limiting park programming statewide effective March 19. Parks will be suspending cash transactions where feasible.
  • First Mondays Canton/ Canton Trade Days- Cancelled for the month of April. This is the first time a Canton trade days has been cancelled in 170 years, according to a press release from the City of Canton. 
  • Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for filing federal income tax returns by three months. The new deadline is July 15.

CHURCH

  • First United Methodist Church (Sulphur Springs): All church services, meetings, activities and events are cancelled until further notice per pastors Ed Lantz and Jason Dietze. 
  • First Baptist Church (Sulphur Springs): Decision regarding closures pending, check back evening March 16.
  • Wesley United Methodist Church: All church services, meetings, activities and events are cancelled until further notice, according to parishioner Mary Lou Foster. Sunday's church service will be held at 9:30 a.m. as a Facebook Live event.
  • Central Baptist Church: Mid-week Wednesday night service is cancelled until further notice, according to Pastor Chris Stevens. One combined service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will be livestreamed on Facebook. 
  • One Church- Services have moved to a church at home platform until further notice and can be accessed at iamonechurch.com/church-at-home, according to campus pastor Denver Hines.

BUSINESS UPDATES- see https://www.ssnewstelegram.com/news/local-businesses-modify-hours-based-quarantine-recommendations

Reporter Tammy Vinson, news assistant Todd Kleiboer, Managing Editor Jillian Smith and Sports Editor Tyler Lennon contributed to this report.