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Elgin ISD closed through May

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    This sign at the Elgin Elementary School tells students who now must stay at home: "We love and miss you." Photo by Julianne Hodges

Update: After an executive order announced by Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, March 31, saying that all schools would be closed until at least Monday, May 4, Elgin ISD will remain closed until that time. Visit the link at the end of the article for the latest information.

Schools in Bastrop County will remain closed for at least an extra two weeks as a protective measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Monday, May 16, Elgin ISD announced the school campuses would be closed for two weeks after spring break, through April 5. Now, all school districts in Bastrop County—Elgin ISD, as well as McDade, Bastrop and Smithville—have jointly decided to extend their school closures through Sunday, April 19 in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, according to an announcement from Elgin ISD on March 26.

“As we continue to monitor this situation, Elgin ISD families and staff should prepare for the possibility of schools being closed for a longer period of time,”  a letter to parents from Elgin ISD superintendent Jodi Duron said.

In order to continue learning while the schools are closed, two methods of instruction—high-tech and low-tech—began on Monday for Elgin students. Students with access to the internet and electronic devices are using the district’s online learning platforms and Google Classroom to learn and communicate with their teachers. For students without internet access or devices, parents were instructed to pick up hard copies of learning materials on Monday morning and are asked to deliver the completed packets on April 6.

“Our primary focus at this time is to maintain communications and support systems with our EISD families and to ensure our students continue to progress in their academic studies,” the letter said

Read the full letter in English and Spanish, as well as other updates and information about Elgin ISD’s response to COVID-19, here: