Posted Date: 05/26/2021
As I draft this update, information is literally changing every few minutes, so please know that the information in this letter is likely to change at a rapid pace. I appreciate the phone calls, texts, and emails that I have received from members of our community, the school district, and even from some students letting me know that they are praying for me and the other leaders in our district as we face this unprecedented situation with COVID-19. We are truly in this together and I am comforted to know that the Pampa Community is supporting our genuine efforts as we navigate these uncharted waters.
As of today, Monday, March 16th, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle area. We are communicating multiple times a day with numerous agencies including the Department of Health Services, Texas Education Agency, Region 16 Service Center, CDC, City of Pampa, and Gray County. I am very appreciative of the collaborative spirit of these leaders and the efforts they are taking to keep each other informed and supported as we decipher literally thousands of emails, phone calls, and documents to discern the best course of action for our local community and schools.
The facts and data are changing so rapidly, that it is difficult to know the real facts from those spread through social media and mass media. As of my call with the TEA and DHSH of Texas today, there are 57 confirmed cases in Texas. The Texas Education Agency is providing guidance to support those schools still open and those who have confirmed cases in and around them that have closed. For now, Pampa Schools are scheduled to return on March 23rd. Please know that there will be operational changes made that will influence the flow of visitors and guests in and around our schools. We will communicate these to all of our families soon.
Update on cancellations/postponed events etc. as a result of our efforts in social distancing as recommended by state and federal agencies:
We are gathering data multiple times a day and referencing state and federal guidance documents to aid us in our decision-making on whether or not to continue classes as scheduled or close our schools. Numerous factors are considered when closing schools in these situations and all are within a local context. Our leadership teams and emergency crisis teams are referencing our response plans and preparing for multiple scenarios.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we consider all of the data and work to make the very best decisions for all of our students in Pampa schools. We have several conference calls tomorrow and will provide our stakeholders with another update at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17th. We thank you for your continued prayers for us all and for those impacted by COVID-19 in Texas and around the world.
Dr. Tanya Larkin, Superintendent
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Published on 03/16/2020