Notice of Closure:
Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, the Floyd County Commissioners’ Court ruling, and the Governor’s declaration of emergency, Lockney ISD will extend spring break through March 27, 2020 and provide distance learning through the week of March 30th. This closure of our campuses is being implemented in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state, and the likelihood of confirmed cases in our county seems likely. Extending spring break through next week and providing an additional week of closed campuses with distance learning will hopefully slow the spread of the virus and give our medical professionals a better chance to combat it. The LISD Staff will utilize the week of March 23rd to establish quality options for distance learning. These options will be communicated to our students and parents prior to March 27th. Please note that all extracurricular activities, practices and athletic events are suspended while we are closed. All school facilities remain closed to students.
Please know that we do not make this decision lightly. We fully understand that this presents significant difficulties to working parents. However, we are hopeful that these measures will better ensure the long-term health and safety of children, staff, and the larger community.
We are finalizing logistics on distance learning options and the distribution of food to address children’s nutritional needs while school is out. More information and guidance will be made available on our website in the coming days.
This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information. We will assess conditions throughout the next few days and will provide updates on our website, social media, and calling system.
Once again, the week of March 23rd – March 27th will be counted as an extended Spring Break for our students. Our staff will use this week to prepare for distance learning opportunities. The week of March 30th through April 3rd will be an instructional week with assignments for students but those assignments will be completed at home. We are making provisions for breakfast and lunch for any child through the age of 18. (Current students above age 18 will are included.)
Every school in the State of Texas is shifting gears at an unprecedented rate. Lockney ISD is committed to the health of our students and staff and to a quality education for every child. This situation will present our village with some new challenges. We expect there to be hiccups along the way but we also expect the community of Lockney to rise to the occasion. We are about to see just how collaborative the school, parents, students, and community can be. We are in this together and we will get through it together.
Because the news must seem so drastic to our students, I would encourage you to remember to share with your children the importance of faith, hope, and love…the greatest of which is love. Our kids may act like all is well, but they need our encouragement and reassurance. The faculty and staff of Lockney ISD will do our best to love them through this as well.
Thank you for your patience in this situation and for your support of our schools. If we must go through this, there is no place I’d rather go through it than in Lockney, Texas.
Jim Baum – Superintendent
Lockney Independent School District
Procedures we must all continue to practice and share:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our school community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness: