In an ongoing effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Hidalgo County’s health authority is recommending a delay in returning to on-campus instruction for another month.
In a public health order issued Friday, Dr. Ivan Melendez strongly encourages all public and non-religious private schools to continue remote virtual education until October 25th. In addition, Melendez also recommends postponing all athletic and academic competitions until October 25th.
The order cites the Texas Education Agency’s guidance allowing Valley school districts to delay in-classroom instruction. The TEA guidance cites Governor Greg Abbott’s new executive order that pointed to the Valley’s continued high number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized.
In a separate order also issued Friday, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez dropped the overnight curfew from the emergency order he revised two weeks ago. However, the order keeps in place the face-covering mandate, requirements that businesses operate at 50 percent capacity, and restrictions on crowd gatherings.