Schools cancel class for state tournament - 11-14


MOVING ON – The Decatur Lady Eagles celebrate their 4A Region I title Saturday at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Decatur will play Melissa in the 4A semifinal Friday. Messenger photo by Joe DutyAn outbreak of volleyball fever is causing a high school and one entire school district to cancel classes later this week.Wise County will be well represented at the UIL volleyball championship in Garland with Boyd and Decatur qualifying after winning their respective regions Saturday.REACHING THEIR GOAL – Boyd senior Jordyn Todd stretches for a ball during the Lady Jackets’ 3A Region I final match against Bushland. Messenger photo by Richard GreeneBoyd will play at 11 a.m. Thursday in the 3A semifinal against Vanderbilt Industrial at the Curtis Culwell Center. It is the school’s second straight trip to the state tournament.To allow for fans to travel to Garland, Boyd ISD has canceled classes Thursday. Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said the district is putting in place a plan similar to last year.“Boyd ISD is shutting down the entire district,” West said. “We will have childcare available for parents that need it at Boyd Elementary. We have some teachers that will be there doing community service hours. We will not be running buses or have food service. There will be some snacks.”West said the district will be running fan buses to Garland for students in grades 7 through 12.The district will not have to make up time for missing the day.“We have enough minutes in the calendar that we won’t have to make it up,” West said.Decatur will play in the 4A semifinal against Melissa at 11 a.m.Decatur High School has called off classes for students to attend the game. Classes at the other campuses will be held.Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis doesn’t anticipate having to amend the high school schedule for missing the day. Decatur High School students missed a week of class in September after a drain pipe atop the school broke free during a heavy rain storm, sending water cascading into the building. The school added 15 minutes to the school day through the rest of the year.“I do not see any significant changes to the minutes at this time,” Whitis said.The school is working on details to arrange transportation for students to the match Friday in Garland.If Boyd and Decatur win their semifinal matches, they would advance to Saturday’s state finals. The 3A final is set for 11 a.m. and the 4A 1 p.m.