Under the Texas Education Agency guidelines Texoma schools will be closed next week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denison ISD officials made the call to close under he direction of the TEA and the Texas Education Commissioner on Friday afternoon. The district had been in close contact with state and local health officials before making the decision.

Schools across the nation are either closing, holding online classes or extending spring break in an attempt to mitigate concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.

“During the extended Spring Break through March 20th, our custodial staff will continue to thoroughly disinfect each campus with hospital-grade products with an increased focus on door handles, desk tops, water fountains, shared play areas, bathrooms, and all major touch points to minimize the spread of infectious illnesses,” Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott said. “Foam soap dispensers are located in all restrooms, and many hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout all campuses to ensure staff and students can easily access hand sanitizers as needed.”

School officials from Sherman Independent School District and Denison Independent School District had met earlier on Friday to discuss keeping the campuses open while shutting down extracurricular activities. However, Denison ISD

“We appreciate so very much the partnership and commitment that our families have with each of our Denison ISD schools, and we thank them for their understanding and patience as we work through these issues,” Scott said. “Please know that we will continue to do everything within our power to ensure the safety and health of all of those entrusted to our care.”

School will be closed all of next week. For additional information visit the district’s website www.denisonisd.net.

Sherman also made the decision Friday afternoon that the district would remain closed through March 20. During this time, all district offices and facilities will remain closed, and all athletic and extracurricular events will be postponed, officials said.

District officials encouraged students to continue reading and complete coursework that was given to them before the break.

The district’s lunch and breakfast programs will continue to operate during the extended break. District staff will be distributing free breakfast and lunch outside of Piner Middle School and Neblett Elementary starting on Wednesday and running through Friday.

For continued updates on the situation and the district’s response, please visit shermanisd.net/covid19.