Palo Pinto County school districts have closed indefinitely because of the concerns over coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease.

The announcement comes a day after President Donald Trump on Sunday announced he was extending social distancing guidelines through April 30. Also, Palo Pinto County and the City of Mineral Wells remain under ongoing states of disaster as declared by the governing bodies.

The Palo Pinto County school districts affected are Gordon ISD, Graford ISD, Mineral Wells ISD, Palo Pinto ISD, Santo ISD and Strawn ISD.

The county's school districts are not giving an estimated return-to-school date at this time since it is uncertain how long the public health threat will continue and restrictions imposed by the state or local officials will last.

"School offices and campuses will remain closed during this extension," reads a joint press release. "Leaders in each respective district will continue to monitor recommendations from health and safety officials and announcements from state and federal elected officials in order to determine an appropriate date for return to school. Once a return-to-school date is selected, school officials from each ISD will alert their communities with ample notice through their usual channels of communication.

"Palo Pinto County school districts are deeply appreciative to our families for the patience and support shown during this challenging time. We are eager to welcome our students back as quickly as it is safe to do so."

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