From Mount Vernon ISD Superintendent Jason McCullough:
Since school started on August 6, we have had to quarantine over 200 students and 19 staff members plus other students and staff who have missed school. Therefore, I feel that it is best at this time to pause our schedule. To mitigate the virus’s spread, we will close all district facilities this Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18. These two days will be like bad weather days, and because we have additional minutes built into the calendar, we do not have to make them up. We canceled all district activities scheduled for Thursday and Friday and will use this time for our custodial staff to do a deep cleaning in all our facilities. I didn’t make this decision lightly because I know it impacts many people, but I believe that this is the appropriate time with students not scheduled to be here on Monday, September 21 as well. It will allow us to have five days that everyone will be able to separate from each other. Hopefully, this will enable us to slow the virus’s impact on our school system and not have to do this again this school year.