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Gov. Greg Abbott has extended his executive order closing school facilities through May 1. Students would return May 4 if the order is not extended. The governor originally issued the executive order on March 19 ordering school facilities to close through April 3. The extension aims to assist state and local efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

During this time, Tyler ISD will continue its distance learning and free curbside meals programs. Last week, the district saw 135,000 student logins to its online distance learning platforms, as well as an additional amount of students completing assignments through printed instructional packets and workbooks. Tyler ISD Food Service has served more than 21,300 meals since March 16. The district will add an additional location starting Monday at Dixie Elementary School.

Additionally, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is also vital to the health of students and families during this time. Access to the District’s school counselors is available right now. Students and parents can submit counseling Referral Forms through their campus websites and online SEL resources for students and parents are available at www.tylerisd.org/distancelearning.

“Graduating our Tyler ISD seniors is a top priority for the district and we look forward to celebrating our students’ efforts later this spring,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “There are still many moving parts to be decided to cross that finish line. We are currently looking at how to handle grading periods, GPA, class rank, AP and Dual Credit, among other things, to make sure this is equitable in support of our Tyler ISD seniors.”

For the latest Tyler ISD updates, information, and resources, please visit tylerisd.org/covid19.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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