Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dumas ISD Board of Trustees held an emergency board meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss plans for school operations after spring break.
The board voted unanimously on a resolution delegating to the superintendent authority to make emergency modifications to district policies as needed, including without limit, closure of schools, provision of alternate methods of instruction and the expenditure of public funds, arising from the governor declared the state of disaster and to mitigate public health risks during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
This means superintendent Monty Hysinger will have extra-ordinary latitude in district operations for the next 45 days or until the Governer ends the current statewide disaster declaration. State mandates for testing have been suspended by Governor Abbott and individual districts will determine student pass-fail criteria so long as the order remains in effect. During this time Mr. Hysinger will report on operations to the board at regular board meetings.
The district is extending spring break through March 23rd-27th during which time teachers and staff will be working to develop alternative instructional delivery methods. Following the extended spring break on March 30th, Dumas ISD will begin providing alternative instructional delivery to students in an at-home setting. Plans are also being developed to provide for meal delivery, internet access, and many other student needs.
These are unprecedented times and school teachers, staff, and administrators are stepping up to develop new ways to continue educating Moore County students until normal school operations can return.
This story is developing and more details will be available as teachers and staff begin work on March 23rd.
Related documents and links:
Texas Education Agency COVID-19 Updates
Please see both English and Spanish versions of the Dumas ISD release below.