Taylor ISD board members Superintendent Keith Brown and President Marco Ortiz converse with Hutto ISD Superintendent Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas

Taylor ISD students' time away from campus just got longer.

Citing the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Taylor ISD has extended the suspension of normal district operations through Monday, April 13, in an effort to support slowing the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has become a pandemic. 

"Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state, and an increase in confirmed cases in our county seems likely. Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to have community spread or whether it has been contained," said Superintendent Keith Brown. "We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week of April 6 to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further."

Brown added that if there is a need to continue the suspension at that time, it would likely be for at least three more weeks.

Another update is scheduled from the school on April 10 on the school website and through SchoolMessenger. Taylor ISD will continue to feed anyone 18 years old or younger at designated feeding sites.

"We will continue to maintain our 'closed, instructing' operation status," said Brown. "Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community in Taylor ISD stay safe and healthy."

How to stay safe and healthy

The superintendent also reminded everyone that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol.

"We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness," he said.

Precautions include:

• Don’t shake hands

• Wash your hands regularly

• Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded placesand maintaining 3 to 6 ft of distance between people (at least an arm’s length) •If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups

• For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases –both inside and outside of the country –we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus Principal to let them knowvia e-mail

• If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice •Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.

• Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care.

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