District delays return to school due to active COVID cases

While most students in area districts will return to school Wednesday, Jan. 6, Rivercrest ISD has chosen to extend its holiday break an extra week due to COVID concerns.

   Rivercrest staff members were originally scheduled to return to campus Tuesday, Jan. 5 followed by students the next day.

   “Due to the increased number of active COVID cases in our communities during the Christmas break, Rivercrest ISD is postponing the return of school for students and staff until Monday, January 11,” Rivercrest Superintendent Stanley Jessee posted. “This will allow students and staff more time to monitor, and quarantine, if necessary, after the Christmas break.  Students and staff will return on a regular schedule Monday, January 11. Thank you for your understanding.

   Other extracurricular activities, such as high school basketball games, will continue as scheduled for the Rebels.

   The following staff members will return to work Jan. 5 with students returning Jan. 6 for the local districts of: Daingerfield, Pittsburg, Mount Pleasant and Harts Bluff.

   Staff members will return to work Jan. 6 with students returning Jan. 7 for the following local districts: Chapel Hill and Hughes Springs

   Due to a boil water notice, Paul Pewitt ISD students, who were originally supposed to return to school Jan. 5, will instead report back Jan. 6. The notice occurred Dec. 30 after a major water main break interrupted service for residents in Omaha.