SAN ANGELO, Texas — The San Angelo Independent School District is extending the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 10, in an effort to support the nation’s need to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

SAISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Dethloff has been meeting with city officials and elected leaders to discuss what is best for the health and safety of the community, a press release from the district said.

Suspending operations for this length of time will allow the district to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is spreading within the community or if it has been contained.

"We have received 776 responses to our Travel Reporting form from staff and families, many of whom have traveled to areas of high-exposure, counties with confirmed cases present, or are concerned they have been in contact with someone who has been exposed. With all this in mind, San Angelo ISD wants to assist our community in following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness, including the need to implement social distancing protocol," the release stated.

In preparation for children and faculty to be away from campuses, the San Angelo ISD has created a virtual learning platform to help support students and staff.

"We are excited to launch this virtual learning platform," the release said.

Parents will receive more information from their child’s campus no later than the end of this week.

Free grab-and-go meal service will continue to be provided throughout this extended closure. 

San Angelo ISD will be offering medication pick-up times for any parents needing to collect medication left at school. For more information, click here

This is a quickly changing situation, and the district said it will continue to monitor information, assess conditions throughout the coming weeks and  provide periodic updates via the website, SwiftK12, and social media platforms.

If there is a need to extend the closure beyond April 10, the district will notify families no later than Monday, April 6.