The Royse City Independent School District has announced it will be closed through April 3, and implement online learning during the interim as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Superintendent Kevin Worthy issued a statement Tuesday morning on the district’s web site (www.rcisd.org) indicating the online learning aka “Digital Dawgs” will begin Monday, March 23.
“Updates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coupled with those of our state and local health officials have factored into this determination,” Worthy said. “We believe that it is in the best interest of public health to support social distancing by closing schools for traditional instruction. As you may have seen, many of our fellow school districts are facing this same situation.”
Worthy added the current planned return date of April 6 could also change.
“In my career as an educator, this has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced,” Worthy said. “As a father, I know that this will directly impact your family dynamic and I understand your anxiousness about this significant change to your daily lives. Together we will get through this as a community and as a family.
I also know that you will have many questions and I assure you we will do our best to answer each one of them. Throughout the rest of this week, my administrative team will work to develop a meaningful and reasonable online learning platform for our students. That plan will be communicated to you in detail and we will share what you can expect from us and what we will expect from students. As we consider our online platform, we’re exploring all avenues to ensure that all students can access the resources and be successful.”
Worthy asked the families for patience and flexibility as the new system rolls out, “but I can assure you that the educators who craft our plan love your children and wish for the success of every single child.”