NEWS STORY: East Texas schools announce closure due to pandemic


The Murphy Gazette Staff

MARSHALL, TEXAS: Marshall Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Gibson, stated, Saturday, March 14, that his district would close its doors during the week of March 16-20 to students only as preventative steps to ensure the safety of students and staff from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Gibson said, “After another conference call Saturday afternoon with Texas Education Agency officials and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, Marshall ISD has determined the best course of action in regards to concerns over COVID 19 is to extend spring break for students.”

In a statement released to the media, Gibson said all MISD employees will report to work Monday morning, and campus prinicpals “will meet together with district administration at 8:30 a.m. to discuss further steps.”

Gibson said, “We thank everyone for their patience during this unusual time.”

He added,“Our ultimate goal is the safety and security of our students while also providing a learning environment that is conducive to student success. We thank all members of the Maverick Family for their support and please know we will continue to provide updates as they occur during this very fluid time.”

Sister districts on either side of the Marshall schools – Hallsville and Harleton ISDs announced they would be closed until March 29.

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