Public schools statewide should remain closed until May 4, Gov. Greg Abbott announced at press conference in Austin on Tuesday.

Previously, local school superintendents announced schools would remain closed through April 24, with students scheduled to return to campus on April 27. The order is an extension of Abbott’s previous executive order that closed schools through April 3.

After Abbott made his announcement, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath spoke to reassure parents.

“For the parents listening at home, we will work through this. We will get through this together,” Morath said, adding that he has two children of his own at home. “For a little bit more time, we all must remain apart so that we can come back together.”

If students return on Monday, May 4, most will have a month or less of instruction remaining in the regularly scheduled school year.

The State of Texas reported 3,266 cases of coronavirus and 41 fatalities, according to data posted Tuesday afternoon by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Bexar County had 168 confirmed coronavirus cases and six deaths, Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported Monday night.

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Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the Rivard Report.