Cumby Independent School District Thursday morning announced the extension the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 10 in an effort support the nation's need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state, and an increase in confirmed cases in our county seems likely. Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to have community spread or whether it has been contained,” Superintendent Shelley Slaughter said in a statement released Thursday morning. “We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week of April 6 to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further. To provide a sense of possible impact in order to help you prepare: If there is a need to continue the suspension at that time, it would likely be for at least three more weeks beyond April 13."
Slaughter advises families follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including social distancing, regular hand washing, self-isolation and avoiding gatherings.
“This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, assess conditions throughout the week and provide the next update on or before Monday, March 30 via our website and call system,” Slaughter said.