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EDINBURG, TEXAS – During a special City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Edinburg City Council approved amending the city’s emergency order to address children returning to the classroom this fall. Effective immediately, the council moved to close all Edinburg schools to in-person instruction. 

“We have heard from our community and parents are worried about the safety of their children,” said Mayor Richard Molina. “We want to make sure our children are healthy, while still receiving the top-notch education they deserve. It won’t be like this forever, but for now, we agree this is what is best.” 

“As much as I wish we could keep everyone home, including teachers, administrators and other staff, that’s ultimately a decision the school board has to make,” said Councilmember Jorge Salinas. “I pray for all employees and students and hope we get through this pandemic and back to school as soon as possible.” 

“It was extremely important that our Mayor and Council acted boldly by prohibiting in-person instruction for the 20-21 school year to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, administrators and staff,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gilbert Enriquez. “Our children are the most important asset our city has and we should not jeopardize their future.”  

“As leaders of the City of Edinburg, we will always make decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents,” said Councilmember Johnny Garcia. “The people of Edinburg are our number one priority.” 

Order 13, Section 10:

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SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION. All public and private schools within City limits shall be closed to in-person classroom attendance by students and shall not recommence until further notice. Public education teachers may return to schools to conduct remote video instruction or administrative duties.

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