In a press conference held at noon today, Governor Abbott announced all public and private schools (including college campuses) will remain closed to classroom teaching for the remainder 2019-2020 school year. Online teaching and learning will continue through the rest of the school year.
Abbott also established the Strike Force to Open Texas, composed of medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on how to safely and strategically reopen Texas.
Check out the Strike Force to Open Texas website to learn more about who will be service on the task force.
Additional moves to slowly reopening the state post Abbott's new executive orders.
- All State Parks will be reopened Monday, 4-20. Visitors must wear face masks, maintain 6 feet of social distancing, and limit groups to 5 or less.
- Beginning 4-24, all retail outlets may reopen by following strict guidelines and operating by a temporary "Retail-to-Go" model.
- Any medical procedure that does not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE supply may take place.
TEA released the statement following Governor Abbott's order closing all schools for the remainder of the school year. They have also released the below guidance on entering schools during the closure.
- School classrooms are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
- Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and/or to clean out their classrooms.
- Where possible, teachers and staff should continue to work remotely, and if they can't do so, they should follow the parameters outlined in the provided guidance: Guidance on Entering Schools during Closure
Latest COVID-19 News
Today's COVID-19 Trends report is pulled from the numbers reported on April 16, 2020. The daily deaths shot up today, a full 2,000 above the day before while testing has plateaued.