MELISSA - Melissa ISD announced Monday that the district would transition to remote instructional support for a minimum of five weeks.


That would make April 24 the earliest possible day that classes could resume.


Superintendent Keith Murray said it was an extremely difficult decision.


On Tuesday, he delivered a message to students, particularly high school seniors, explaining the district’s rationale.


Murray lamented how the baseball team, softball team, girls’ powerlifting team, girls’ soccer team, theater as well as other athletics, departments and programs would be affected by the transition.


“I want you to know that we will be back as soon as we can,” he said. “We’ve got a moment of adversity. Please don’t get caught in the problems of life, but let’s be problem solvers. Let’s find solutions and work together.”


Murray added that teachers were working hard to reach out and connect with students to both let them know they care and to introduce new curriculum.


He asked students to take their studies seriously and remember that the decisions the district made were done with their best interests in mind.


Melissa Mayor Reed Greer said the city fully supported Melissa ISD’s decision.


According to Greer, it was made after intense consideration and several meetings with top state and national officials.


His hope was that families - with students and without - would use this time to build great memories that they would one day look back on and say, “`Remember spring break 2020 and the time we…’ ”


Also on Tuesday, the city of Melissa announced that all municipal court proceedings would be delayed until at least April 1.


The Z-Plex spring kickoff and grand opening originally set for March 27 was canceled. Also, Melissa Public Library will remain open for the time being, but adult and child programming is canceled until further notice.


Melissa’s police and fire departments will continue to operate as usual.


“For many, this transition time in our altered lifestyle will be the most difficult, but soon we will be fully functioning in this new normal,” Greer said via social media. “The City of Melissa Council and Staff Members are working diligently to ensure city locations and activities are following the recommended guidelines and rules for social engagement.”