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By Whitney Wyatt,The Red River Sun—
MEMPHIS –Memphis ISD Superintendent William Alexander released a statement Oct. 10 on the Memphis ISD Facebook account stating Austin Elementary School would transition to remote learning until Oct. 23.
In the statement, Alexander said Memphis ISD is doing this to help reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since Monday, Oct. 12, was a school holiday, parents were contacted on Tuesday, Oct. 13, with their scheduled time to pick up materials and devices for their student(s). Teachers began remote instruction Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The school will continue to serve meals to all elementary students during the closure, according to the statement. It will be a grab and go meal, like was provided in the spring. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Austin Elementary cafeteria. Parents need to enter the alley from 9th Street and exit on 10th Street, toward Memphis Country Club.
“Memphis ISD is committed to providing the best educational opportunities for our students while protecting our staff and students’ health,” Alexander said in the statement.
On-campus instruction is scheduled to resume Monday, Oct. 26. The statement said the school will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the school community.