Coronavirus/COVID-19 Roundup of announcements

Roundup of area announcements regarding closures/changes due to cornonavirus/COVID-19.

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Education and schools

From Center ISD:
For details from Center ISD:


 CISD Distribution of Instructional Materials  
Information for receiving student instructional materials
has been provided in the following document.

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 Distribución de materiales educativos de CISD
Información para recibir materiales de instrucción del estudiante
ha sido provisto en el siguiente documento.

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Instructional material distribution will begin at all campuses on Monday, March 23.  See provided document for details.  For additional information, please contact your student's teacher or the campus principal as listed below.

La distribución de material de instrucción comenzará en todos los campus el lunes 23 de marzo. Vea el documento provisto para más detalles. Para obtener información adicional, comuníquese con el maestro de su estudiante o el director de la escuela como se detalla a continuación.

Center High School - Gayla Miller

Center Middle School - Jake Henson

Center Intermediate School - Lee Masterson

Center Elementary School - Lana Whitworth

F L Moffett Primary - Inez Hughes


From Excelsior ISD:

Please continue to check and for updates regarding Excelsior ISD’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
To ensure that your child’s education is continued at home, Excelsior ISD will be distributing packets.
Instructional packets will be distributed in the library each Monday between the
hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23

For more information from Excelsior ISD:

Joaquin ISD:

After much consideration, Joaquin ISD will remain closed through April 3rd. The educational plan and feeding program already established will continue to operate to ensure your child’s educational and nutritional needs are met.

Joaquin ISD Feeding Program Time Change -
Joaquin ISD will be serving Grab and Go breakfast and lunch at the same time beginning Monday, March 23rd. The new pickup window is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for both breakfast and lunch to be served at the same time. 

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From Tenaha ISD:

Tenaha ISD Spring Break will extend an additional week.  For the week of March 23-27, there will be no school.  However, our team will spend next week making arrangements to resume school in the form of distance learning and online activities beginning on March 30. 

Please make arrangements to be prepared for a return to learning on March 30 in a remote or “homeschool” fashion.  Additionally, the TISD cafeteria will resume services on March 30 with breakfast and lunches available via drive thru at the bus run. 

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Timpson ISD:

Timpson ISD is making the decision to close school following spring break this week. The closing will be for an indefinite amount of time and until further notice.

  We will be posting additional information regarding how the district plans to provide for remote instruction and provide other services to students in the coming days and potentially weeks.

  We as a district are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and will be in contact with officials across the State concerning the issue.

For more information:



From Shelbyville ISD:

As a cautionary measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shelbyville ISD has decided to “extend” the time our students will be out of school.

Shelbyville ISD students will not return to school until further notice.

All Shelbyville ISD administrators, teachers, and staff will meet on Monday, March 23rdat 8:00 a.m. to further formulate instructional and operational plans for the school district as we deal with this important challenge.

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From Panola College:

As Panola College continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the safety of our students, employees, and community remains our top priority. Therefore, Panola  College will extend spring break for students Monday – Sunday, March 23 – 29, 2020, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, and to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing.

Courses will resume with online instruction beginning March 30th. Faculty and staff are working hard to try to ensure a seamless transition. To date, there have been no reported COVID-19 cases impacting our students, faculty or employees.


Local government

From Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison:

As of this Fridaymorning, Shelby County has no reported COVID-19 cases. At this time I am issuing a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency. Again, we have no reported cases in the County; however, this Declaration is to reinforce Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders within our County.
The Declaration will also activate our Emergency Management Plan, so if we need State and Federal Assistance we will have the necessary documentation in place to request and receive such assistance.

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From City of Center:

The City of Center wants to reassure our residents and businesses that essential City services are not anticipated to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are following our emergency response plans and taking necessary steps to ensure we can continue to serve our citizens. The City will be enhancing emergency response services by the Center Police and Fire Departments.

Also, City water, sewer and garbage services should not be interrupted. The City will make some operational modifications consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and today’s Emergency Order by Governor Abbott in efforts to reduce in-person interactions for city business and postpone public events of ten or more persons. These steps are being taken to protect staff, customers, the public health and particularly our most vulnerable citizens.

For more information from the City of Center, please click on this link:


Nonprofit agencies

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of March 23 – March 27 with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center.  Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, March 27 from 10-2 in order to provide assistance.  The senior citizens that are currently being served through our senior programs have received extra meals that will cover them through the next 2 weeks.

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Faith and religion


Area church congregations have provided updates on their services and alternative plans, including New Life Church, Paxton Methodist, First United Methodist Church Center, Center Church of Christ and First Baptist Church Center.

Please click on link for updates:


St. Therese of Lisieux Parish

The Catholic Church Diocese of Tyler has announced that all public Masses and scheduled events within the diocese are temporarily suspended. Bishop Joseph Strickland has promulgated a decree stating this, with concern for and acting on his responsibility for the Catholic faithful of the diocese. This decree is in effect until April 1st, when it will be reevaluated and possibly extended. For more information, please visit


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