UPDATE - March 18:
McKinney ISD schools will remain closed through April 3, in an effort to support the community, region and nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. This action follows advice from local, state and national health authorities.
MISD will use the week of March 30–April 3 to reassess whether there is a need to extend the suspension of normal district operations beyond April 3 and will communicate a decision to the public at that time.
MISD will remain flexible as officials roll out their long-term plan for instructional continuity and as they continue to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation.
"Although our buildings remain closed to the public, we will continue to provide academic and social-emotional enrichment resources for our students and families," a district release states.
Before the end of the week, the district will communicate how students and families may access those resources beginning March 23.
Teacher-directed online learning for MISD students is scheduled to start March 30, and the district will provide more information to parents and students about that process during the week of March 23–27.
Visit the mckinneyisd.net and the McKinney ISD Facebook page to receive the most current and accurate information about this extended closure and McKinney ISD’s response to the COVID-19 health concern.
"We wish to express gratitude to our entire community of families, staff, volunteers and community partners for your patience and support during these uncertain times," the release states.
Original story - March 12:
In a letter posted Thursday afternoon, McKinney ISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel announced the district would be extending the spring break holiday through March 20 due to Wednesday's announcement by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of the new coronavirus has been declared a pandemic.
In the letter, McDaniel states:
"I want to extend my thanks to our community for the concern and care that you’ve shown during the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. As a district, McKinney ISD remains committed to providing an outstanding education in a safe and secure learning environment. Please know that students are always at the heart of our decisions and we are managing this situation with them and our entire community in mind. As circumstances continue to evolve, we will stay in touch with our community to provide timely and concise information based on the most current guidance from our local, state and federal health authorities.
"Due to the March 11, 2020 announcement by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of the new coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, updated announcements by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and information from medical professionals and state and federal health officials, the following action is being taken in an attempt to minimize health and safety risks to the McKinney ISD community.
"As a precaution, MISD and several surrounding school districts are extending spring break by one week. Schools will remain closed for students and staff Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 as we assess the situation in our community as travelers return from spring break. The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 23, and will communicate across all channels as updated information becomes available. During this extended spring break, district offices will be closed and all district events and competitions that have been scheduled within the district during this timeframe will be considered cancelled until further notice. District travel for student competitions and events outside the district will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
"We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know, and what we can anticipate based on information from local, state and national agencies, including Collin County Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at this time.
Please know that McKinney ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources. MISD will be communicating our plan for digital learning to our staffs before Monday morning. We will provide information on additional ways to leverage our rich technological resources for continued student support should it become necessary to extend closure beyond next week."
McDaniel went on to remind residents to take preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction and practicing social distancing.
"McKinney ISD will continue to provide the most current and up-to-date information in regards to future closings," the letter states. "We urge you to continue to check our MISD Website and other MISD social media outlets for additional information as it becomes available. This is a rapidly progressing situation which impacts every citizen across the globe."