STISD Begins Online Instruction March 24

STISD to Close Campuses Through April 3, Online Instruction Planned to Begin March 24
Posted on 03/17/2020
STISD COVID 19 UpdatesMarch 17, 2020

STISD Families,

We sincerely appreciate the support you have shown while we work to ensure we are making the best decisions for the entire STISD community. Because this is a very complicated situation, we continue to monitor and update district operations on a daily basis. Please know that the health and well-being of our students and employees is our top priority.

We continue to monitor updates for COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local, state and federal organizations. While there are currently no confirmed cases of anyone contracting the virus in Cameron, Hidalgo or Willacy County, we understand how quickly this can change, so the district has determined the best course of action is to activate Level 2 of our response plan.

In doing so, STISD will suspend all normal school operations and close all STISD schools for two weeks following our regularly-scheduled Spring Break for students only at this time from March 23rd – April 3rd. We are asking our faculty and staff to report to their respective campuses on Monday, March 23rd, as normal, to facilitate plans to begin online instruction for students on March 24. Should we require additional school closures after April 3rd, we will inform everyone as soon as any decisions are made.

Please know that we intend to offer services to our students such as meals and instructional support while at home during the closure. Please continue to access our STISD website – – for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding our response to COVID-19.

During this extended closure we encourage staff, students, and their families to exercise social/physical distancing to keep yourselves and your families safe. We encourage everyone to use your best judgment to determine your own needs, while taking the health and safety of others into consideration.

We are in unprecedented territory in an extraordinarily challenging time and I want to thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to keep our community healthy and safe.


Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools