WISD announces extension of campus closure

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

On Tuesday afternoon, WISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain announced that WISD would join its fellow school districts in Ellis County in closing doors to students until April 3.

“Our teachers and staff will come back to work on Monday, March 23, practicing appropriate social distancing, and will begin implementing distance learning options for all students,” Cain said in an open letter to district families. “Campus principals and classroom teachers will be sending you more information regarding learning opportunities and classroom assignments at the beginning of next week.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a disaster declaration by the City of Waxahachie and the Ellis County Commissioners Court.

The Arrow¬† urges readers to follow the CDC’s guidelines, including handwashing and social distancing, to combat the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE (March 25, 2020): On Tuesday, March 24, the Ellis County Commissioners Court amended its disaster declaration to require Ellis County citizens to shelter in place. The City of Waxahachie followed suit on Wednesday morning.

Furthermore, Waxahachie ISD extended its distance learning until April 16, 2020, with students scheduled to return to school on Friday, April 17.

UPDATE (March 31, 2020): WISD announced today that, in accordance with an executive order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, WISD campuses would be closed to students and the general public until May 4.