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Governor Abbott Closes Schools for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year

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Governor Abbott Closes Schools for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that public and private school classrooms will remain closed for the remainder of the school year to avoid quickening the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The decision, made with the advice of doctors and health officials, came alongside a series of executive orders intended to slowly reopen the state economy, relaxing restrictions on retail businesses, doctor’s offices, and public parks.

“The team of doctors advising us has determined it would be unsafe to allow students to gather at schools for the foreseeable future,” Abbott said.

The governor’s order applies to public, charter and private K-12 schools, as well as higher education institutions.

In order to receive state funding, school districts must provide some form of remote instruction through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Texas State Teachers Association applauded a decision that “removes uncertainty for hundreds of Texas communities and, health experts say, will help slow the spread of the coronavirus. … Meanwhile, teachers will continue to work with their students to provide lessons and activities – remotely – as they have been doing for several weeks.”

Please refer to links below for local school district’s responses:

West Orange Cove CISD

Little Cypress Mauriceville CISD

Orangefield ISD




Orange County School Lunch Distribution Schedule for April 2020

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Orange County School Lunch Distribution Schedule for April 2020

Are you interested in getting your kids’ breakfast and lunches till the end of April from your school district?

Here is the list of the Orange County schools that are offering food in the month of April to kids during COVID19 pandemic:

Orangefield ISD
Orangefield Junior High School
Breakfast/Lunch Monday-Friday 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

West Orange CISD
North Early Learning Center and West Orange High School
Breakfast/Lunch Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD
School currently on scheduled Spring Break-will update when school employees report back

Vidor ISD
Vidor Elementary and Pine Forest Elementary
Breakfast/Lunch 10:00am to 12:00pm

Bridge City ISD
Bridge City Elementary
Semi-Weekly pick-up dates and times
April 14 for Tuesday and Wednesday
April 16 for Thursday and Friday
April 20 for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
April 23 for Thursday and Friday
April 27 for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
April 30 for Thursday and Friday

Thanks to James Scales of Orange County Environmental Health Code Compliance for creating the list.

School Districts Set Tentative Return Dates

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Tentative return to school dates have been set by local school districts. Please know that these dates are subject to change at any time.

Dates for returning are tentatively scheduled as follows:

WO-C: Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

LC-M: Classes will resume after the spring break, scheduled April 10-April 17.

Orangefield: Classes will resume Monday, April 13.

Bridge City: Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

Vidor: Teachers will return Tuesday, April 14, and classes will resume and classes will resume Wednesday, April 15.

Lamar State College-Orange: Students will begin distance learning online on March 30. Select lab classes and hands-on courses will meet beginning on April 13. Fall registration will begin online as scheduled on April 1.

WOCCISD Cancels School Beginning March 23 Through April 3

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WOCCISD Teachers Receive a Raise

In anticipation of a Disaster Declaration of Emergency by Orange County, WOCCISD will close its schools out of an abundance of caution beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Our district will reassess this closing on or before Friday, April 3, 2020. Our goal is to return on Monday, April 6, 2020.

In the near future, our district will provide information related to a flexible education program. This program will provide educational opportunities in a variety of ways. We are also working on a plan to continue providing student meal service as well. Please be patient with us as we design these programs.

As you know, this is an unprecedented event, and it will take some time to coordinate these educational efforts. We plan to meet with our Leadership team to prepare for this new type of instruction. We will release more specifics later this week.

LCMCISD Cancels School March 17 Through April 3

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Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Adopts a New Tax Rate

From Superintendent of Schools, Stacey Brister…

Out of an abundance of caution, LCM CISD will implement a Flexible Education Program (FEP) beginning Tuesday, March 17th, through Friday, April 3rd. Students will not report to school beginning tomorrow.

The FEP will include a blended instructional approach with both online and paper/pencil learning tasks. This plan will vary by grade level. Information regarding academic planning for your child will be sent from your child’s teacher.

The District will re-evaluate this plan on Friday, April 3rd, with a decision on continuing the flexible schedule or returning to school the following week. Parents will be notified of the outcome of this decision on or before April 3rd.

We also anticipate delivery of both breakfast and lunch by district transportation beginning tomorrow on students’ bus routes. We will use School Messenger to notify you of delivery schedules.
As we continue to navigate through the challenges presented by COVID-19, we will continue to update you with information regarding your child’s Flexible Education Program through School Messenger and District Facebook.

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