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Rogers ISD to start Christmas break early due to upward trend of cases

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 12:42:49-05

The Rogers Independent School District has decided to start their Christmas break early due to an upward trend of COVID cases at each campus.

"This letter to inform you that Rogers ISD has decided to close for Christmas Holidays at the end of the day today, Tuesday, December 15th. Students and Staff will NOT report to school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday," said Joe Craig, Superintendent of Rogers ISD. "Additionally, we will NOT transition to remote for these two and a half days."

Superintendent Craig says they are seeing an upward trend in cases at each campus and while they are not currently over the threshold that would mandate a shutdown, "we feel it is in the best interest over our entire district to close early."

Craig says trying to have remote instruction a few days before Christmas Break would not be very productive, so they won’t even attempt this.

"We purposely built in some extra days into our calendar, so at this point, these days will not need to be made up," the letter says. "The most important thing right now is that our students, staff, and families try to stay healthy over the Christmas Holidays."

Students will come back on Wednesday, January 6th.

Although campuses will be closed, they will still participate in the basketball games that are on our schedule.

"At this point, since we do not have positive cases within the teams, we feel it is safe to play these games. If something changes regarding this, we will adjust accordingly," Craig said.