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Most area daycare centers open

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One of the four largest daycare centers in Bandera County remains closed while the nation takes steps to bring the COVID-19, or the coronavirus, outbreak under control.

Children’s Depot at 133 Deer Forrest Dr. in Pipe Creek has decided not to reopen until the Bandera Independent School District returns to school, which currently is planned for April 6, though a longer closure is still possible.

Depot Director Wendy Evans said, “There is definitely going to be major changes when we re-open. Right now, we are doing a major spring cleaning while waiting for Bandera ISD to re-open.”

While both the Kid Korral, located at 4173 Highway 16 South outside of Bandera, and Noah’s Ark Learning Center at 467 Highway 173 North in Bandera, had been closed temporarily since the outbreak surfaced in recent weeks, both were open on Monday, March 23.

Kid Korral has reopened under new operating procedures based on Texas Health and Human Services guidelines, while Noah’s Ark spent a portion of last week sanitizing its facility and preparing procedures addressing the coronavirus before opening its doors again.

Marsha Schrank, the president of Noah’s Ark’s board of directors, said it plans to remain open unless the government says it must close.

It has instituted strict provisions limiting who can enter the facility and has implemented medical safeguards to keep the center safe for youngsters and staff.

Currey Learning Center, at 21300 Highway 16 North in Medina, is associated with the Medina Children’s Home and also is open for business.

Coronavirus is a deadly outbreak that has sickened almost 335,000 people across the world, nearly 32,000 in the United States, closing schools across the country and bringing commerce to a near standstill in some states.