TX Governor Announces Online Instruction for Remainder of School Year


April 17, 2020

By Jennifer Miko

Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that all public schools in the state would not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Classes will still be in session, but from home, as families practice social distancing in an effort to lower the curve of the coronavirus.

"We’re now beginning to see glimmers that the worst of COVID-19 may soon be behind us," said Governor Greg Abbott.

In this afternoon's press conference the governor outlined Executive Orders and a timeline for reopening businesses and parks, allowing medical procedures that had been delayed due to the virus, and measures for retail stores to operate with pick-up-only services.

"Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year," Governor Abbott said.

At this time, Katy ISD has not shared an announcement with District families and students about the Governor's decision.

Families in the district must continue to adjust their lives at home as their students stay home and finish the school year online.

"Honestly it will be hard for working families to juggle both work and family," says Kerri Schultz, a Katy mom of three and a realtor for Keller Williams. "But I do feel it’s an essential thing to do." Kerri's husband, Brent works for Kindermorgan.

"I feel it is the right decision," says Leigh Ishee, a Katy mom. "I think it is best for the safety and health of our children, teachers, administrators and all their families. I would love for the schools to open back up but it is not the right time. Hopefully they will be able to open back up in August."

On Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre announced that Fort Bend ISD will continue online classes through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, and commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be postponed until July.