School District Closing Roundup for Shelby County

Cornovirus/Covid-19 having widespread impact

All six Shelby County

school districts

extend campus closings


NOTE: Information updated as of early afternoon on Wednesday, March 18.


Center ISD classes out through April 3

Interim Center ISD Supt. Arnie Kelley on Wednesday, March 18, announced Center ISD campuses will remain closed through April 3.

"We are making preparations for a continuity of instruction for our students and more information will be provided later today," he said in a prepared statement. "We thank you for patience and understanding."


BELOW IS CISD DISTRICT message is from Monday:

Following President Trump's briefing late Monday afternoon, Center ISD has decided to close school thru March 20.

All students, teachers and hourly personnel are to remain at home until further notice.

Principal's, Assistant Principal's, and Central Administration are to report to the Admin office at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.   Per our plan discussed today, we anticipate calling all teachers back later this week to provide a continuity of instruction for our students.

We will provide updates as needed.  Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

 Arnie Kelley, Interim Superintendent, Center ISD


  Después de la reunión informativa del presidente Trump a fines de esta tarde, Center ISD decidió cerrar la escuela hasta el 20 de marzo. Todos los estudiantes, maestros y personal que trabaja por hora deben permanecer en sus hogares hasta nuevo aviso. Directores, Asistentes de Directores, y La Administración Central deben presentarse en la oficina de administración a las 8:00 a.m. del martes. Según nuestro plan discutido hoy, anticipamos llamar a todos los maestros más tarde esta semana para proporcionar una continuidad de instrucción para nuestros estudiantes. Proporcionaremos actualizaciones según sea necesario. Gracias por su cooperación y comprensión.
Arnie Kelley, Superintendente Interino, Center ISD 


Excelsior ISD schools closed through March 20

Excelsior ISD School Closure - Officials with Excelsior ISD on Sunday afternoon announced the school will be closed March 16-20.

All district teachers and staff are to report to school at 9 a.m., on Wednesday, March 18, according to a memo released by Wayne Mason, superintendent, and Johnny Lewis, principal.


Joaquin ISD closed through April 3

March 18, 2020

To the Joaquin ISD Community:

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. Please continue to check for updates which will be posted to our website, Facebook page, local media outlets as well as our School Messenger emergency contact system.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as this situation evolves. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Joaquin ISD Administration Office at 936-269-3128.

Sincerely, Superintendent Ryan West


Shelbyville ISD School Closure

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 23rd at 8:00 a.m. to further formulate instructional and operational plans for the school district as we deal with this important challenge.

Preliminary plans include instructional packets for elementary and middle school students will be distributed at each campus on Wednesday, March 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Shelbyville High School students will receive their instruction online via Google Classroom. High school students should check their personal school email accounts for instructional information.

Shelbyville ISD is closely monitoring this situation and will continue to be in contact with local and state officials to glean as much information as we can.

We will keep you informed as new developments arise. With this in mind, please sign up for the school communication app. called REMIND by doing the following: (1) Text the message @sisddragon to the number 81010; (2) If you have trouble with 81810, try texting @sisddragon to (281) 677-3871.

Shelbyville ISD implores members of our learning community to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible during these trying times. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Submitted by Ray West, Superintendent



Tenaha ISD classes cancelled through March 27

March 18, 2020

To All Stakeholders of Tenaha ISD,

We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our lives. The Covid-19 virus known as the “Coronavirus” has fundamentally halted everything we know to be “routine” about our daily lives.

This period of “social distancing” that the President and his advisors have asked all citizens to engage in is a “call to arms” for each of us to do our part in ensuring we flatten the curve of infection of this virulent disease. The Center for Disease Control has also recommended that social gatherings of more than ten people be avoided for at least eight weeks. They have also recommended that schools avoid convening in a conventional fashion. Here in Texas, Governor Abbott and Commissioner of Education Mike Morath have recommended that school districts make decisions on a local level based on their own assessment of the risks. While Shelby County currently has no reported cases, we believe it’s important for us to put public health first. The state has put in place the opportunity for districts to offer distance learning or online course work which we believe is the best way forward in the short run. Hopefully, with a little good news and time, we can return to “normal school” as quickly as possible.

Regretfully, I, along with our administrative team and in communication with our Board President, am announcing that our 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.

To our staff, stay tuned to your email to receive instructions and details about the work week next week.

We will be reporting more details throughout the next week. Keep an eye on the TISD Facebook page and other social media and internet sources of information. In the mean time, enjoy the extra time away and do your best to stay healthy and clear of any “at-risk” situations that could compromise your health or the health of others.

On behalf of the TISD Administration team,


Scott Tyner



Timpson ISD closing for indefinite period

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.

Timpson ISD Supt. Mid Johnson



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