Houston County schools will shut down Monday, two days ahead of state mandated deadline

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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- Houston County schools will close at the end of classes Monday and won't reopen until at least April 6.

“This is for the safety of our students and staff,” Superintendent David Sewell told WTVY Monday morning. He also said less than 50 percent of students showed up for classes on Monday.

"All athletic events have been cancelled as of 3pm Monday. Updates will follow as needed. Pre-K drawing scheduled for March have been cancelled," Superintendent David Sewell said in a statement.

The Alabama Department of Education ordered has ordered all public schools to close no later than Wednesday to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Some systems, like Houston County, decided to push that deadline forward.

While April 6 is the tentative date to reopen, there is speculation that date will pushed back.