ABILENE, TX –– Amid a significant surge of Covid infections in the area, the Abilene Independent School District has announced a temporary closure.
According to an announcement posted on the district's social media, all campuses will be closed from January 14, through Tuesday, January 18, due to a staff shortage related to the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases. Schools will re-open for in-person instruction on Wednesday, January 19th.
"Our top priority is always to provide safe, productive, and healthy learning environments for everyone," said AISD in the statement.
According to AISD, several of the campuses in the district do not have the staffing or substitute personnel necessary to safely conduct appropriate academic instruction in our classrooms.
"We know this situation is not ideal for our students and families, but we are also hopeful that a temporary pause of in-person instruction will help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our district," said AISD.
During the closure, no remote instruction will be provided and athletes should stay in contact for updates on athletic events and extracurricular activities.
"Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this situation together. We will continue to consult with local health officials to evaluate current conditions and make the best decisions for the health and wellness of our students, staff, and community."