After Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster and closed all Texas public schools until April 3 this morning, Joshua ISD decided to extend this closure until April 9 due to the most recently confirmed COVID-19 case in Johnson County.
Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon announced Wednesday that one county resident has tested positive for COVID-19 and that another person has been tested.
The resident who tested positive lives in Mansfield and his a male in his 40s. Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore said no additional details of the man’s condition have been released at this time.
"The district is currently on Spring Break and will reopen on April 14, after the Easter weekend," JISD Communications Director Zoheb Hassanali said. "All extracurricular activities, practices and athletic events will continue to be suspended. Community facility use will also be suspended.
"During this time, JISD will provide both high-tech, and low-tech learning opportunities to students. The district will also offer hotspots for students who do not have internet access.
"Additionally, JISD will provide free breakfast and lunch pickup delivery for all children each day at the Joshua High School Ninth Grade Center parking lot. All employees will continue to be compensated during this time."
JISD Superintendent Fran Marek said they didn't make this decision lightly and realize it presents significant difficulties to working parents and families.
“However, we are hopeful that these measures will better ensure the long-term health and safety of children, staff and the larger community," she said.
The district will send out updated information on April 6 if the closure will need to be extended.