In compliance with the order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Keller ISD is joining other districts in the state by closing until May 4. All KISD campuses and facilities will be closed and all extracurricular activities and school events during this period are canceled during this period.
Governor Abbott announced Tuesday, March 31, that all schools in Texas should close through April 30, with an anticipated re-opening on May 4, mirroring recommendations from the federal government, to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) notified public schools that UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4.
The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. We ask everyone in the Keller ISD community to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by adhering to local shelter-in-place orders and taking everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, including the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe; and
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
People who think they may have been exposed to Coronavirus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
We are aware that an unexpected school closure creates a hardship on our parents and staff because of work, childcare, and other considerations, but we hope you know that the decision is based on doing what we believe is in the best interest of everyone involved. We also understand that for many low-income students, school is the one place that they can count on for meals and support. Keller ISD will continue to serve drive-through meal pick-up service throughout this closure and continues to refine its eLearning plan to provide more guidance and support for parents.
We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and work through additional details. As we have more specifics about what services we will be able to provide for families in need during this closure, we will communicate those directly to parents.
The District will continue to maintain close contact with the Tarrant County Public Health Department, the CDC, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The TEA will provide us guidance regarding course credit, compulsory attendance, accountability standards, and school funding for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
For further information about Coronavirus, please consult the following resources:
- Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline: 817-248-6299
- Tarrant County Declaration of Local Disaster (2nd Amendment)
- Tarrant County Shelter at Home Order (3/24/20)
- Tarrant County Public Health
- Tarrant County Public Health Recommendations
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas COVID-19 Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Parent Resource: Talking to Children about COVID-19 (.pdf) (National Association of School Psychologists)
- CDC: Keeping Children Healthy While School's Out
- Comic for Children Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
- KISD Board of Trustees COVID-19 Resolution
- Keller ISD's Environmental Team's Response Plan