Midlothian Independent School District will be closed through at least the end of this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday afternoon, the district became the first in Ellis County to announce the cancellation of classes, and other districts in the county quickly followed suit.

“After consultation with other area school districts and state officials, we believe it is in the best interest of our families and community to take proactive precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the district said in a statement. “All Midlothian ISD (MISD) schools and offices will be closed next week, March 16-20. In addition, closure includes cancellation of all events and activities effective immediately through March 22.”

MISD was already on spring break last week.

In addition to the MISD closure, the University Interscholastic League has halted all extracurricular activities until at least March 29. The UIL clarified on Monday that the ban includes all rehearsals, practices and workouts held outside the school day.

The district will be on Facebook Live on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a community update on its plans related to the coronavirus. Questions may be submitted ahead of time to info@misd.gs.

Throughout the closure, MISD will provide free on-the-go meals to all children ages 18 and under at J.A. Vitovsky Elementary School. Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the same time from 9 to 11 a.m.

In response to the pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced the cancellation of all STAAR tests for this school year. MISD was among the districts urging the governor to call off testing in the interest of student safety.

The district canceled its regular monthly Board of Trustees meeting for Monday and instead called a special meeting for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the L.A. Mills Administration Complex boardroom at 100 Walter Stephenson Road.

Among the items on the abbreviated agenda are: consideration and possible action regarding board resolution on compensation of district employees during district emergency closure; consider and approve amended order and amended notice of election for May 2, 2020 trustee election; and receive an update on the COVID-19 virus and operating procedures of Midlothian ISD.