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More school districts in Texarkana and area close campuses due to COVID

by Andrew Bell | January 11, 2022 at 11:34 p.m.

TEXARKANA -- The list of area schools adjusting learning approaches in light of the COVID surge is getting longer.

Genoa Central School District and Pewitt Consolidated Independent School District both announced on social media that they will close schools for the remainder of the week.

"Due to increased number of isolation and quarantine with our cafeteria staff, Genoa Central Schools will be closed for cleaning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," the Genoa school district posted on Facebook on Tuesday. "These three days will be AMI days and the teachers will assign work for their students."

AMI stands for Alternative Method of Instruction.

With Monday being a holiday, Genoa Central schools will resume on Tuesday at normal time.

"All Pewitt CISD campuses and offices will be closed the remainder of the week due to illness," the Pewitt Consolidated Independent School District posted on Facebook. "Please stay home, rest, and be ready to return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, on a normal bell schedule."

Genoa and Pewitt now join a group of school districts who've also closed campuses at some point in the last week due to COVID. That group includes Texarkana Arkansas School District, Texarkana Independent School District, Hope School District and Spring Hill School District.

TISD announced late Monday night that it would be closing for the week.

"Texarkana ISD monitors COVID-related data and activities each day in an effort to mitigate the spread of illness and maintain the continuity of regular school and business operations within the district," according to a news release from the district. "The district assessed a wide range of internal and external indicators to determine the level of risk and/or possible disruption to campus operations.

"All data suggested a significant impact to our ability to adequately staff campuses and has caused an operational disruption that would prevent the district from continuing face-to-face instruction from Wednesday through Friday of this week. We know this is disappointing and inconvenient. Safety must remain our top priority."

The Tiger Learning Center will also be closed during the duration of the schools' closures and will reopen once classes resume.

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