The governor listened to you and the health experts; orders school buildings to stay closed

Gov. Greg Abbott today ordered all school buildings to remain closed for the remainder of the spring semester to continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Thank you to all TSTA members and other educators who joined our demand to the governor. The governor heard you.

Thank you also to all the teachers who continue to provide lessons and activities for their students under very challenging circumstances. And thank you to all school employees who are keeping campuses clean and protected and distributing free meals to in-need children, often at risk to your own health and safety.

TSTA President Noel Candelaria issued this statement: “We applaud Gov. Abbott for ordering all school buildings to remain closed for the remainder of the spring semester, a step that the Texas State Teachers Association called on the governor to take on April 1. This finally removes uncertainty for hundreds of Texas communities and, health experts say, will help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This is an important health and safety measure for millions of Texans because experts don’t know when this pandemic will subside. Meanwhile, teachers will continue to work with their students to provide lessons and activities — remotely — as they have been doing for several weeks.”

Read the rest of Candelaria’s statement renewing TSTA’s other demands for keeping students, educators and communities safe here.

Further guidance on the school closures from TEA