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In anticipation of a potential surge of positive COVID-19 virus cases following the holiday break, districts in Pearsall and Cotulla are strongly suggesting that parents keep their children home for online instruction for at least two weeks in January.
“Since families will be home for the holidays, we anticipate an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in January and would like to be proactive in preventing a surge in COVID-19 cases in our schools,” Pearsall ISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez said. “Therefore, PISD campus administration strongly suggests that parents keep children home for
online instruction beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021 until Tuesday, January 19, 2021.”
PISD campuses will be closed on Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Day. Students will be able to return to campus on Tuesday, January 19.
“Campuses will remain open for instruction if keeping your children home is not an option,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Extracurricular activities will also continue as scheduled unless issues arise that would cancel activities.”
Citing nearly 100 virus cases locally, CISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals is likewise recommending that parents keep their students home to remote learn, if possible.
“In anticipation of a large spike in the number of COVID-19 cases after the holiday break, I’m taking proactive measures to help ensure the safety of our students, staff and community,” Dr. Seals said. “After Thanksgiving, the number of active cases in school increased dramatically and the close contacts that were sent home to quarantine reached over 120 students (not including staff).
Therefore, in anticipation of an after Christmas and New Year’s spike, I am asking parents to keep their children home for the first two weeks of the new semester beginning January 4. If you as parents, are not in a position to keep your children home, the school will be open to accept them according to the schedules that are currently in place.
“If you choose to keep your children home for the two-week period, you will be able to send your children to in-person instruction beginning Monday, January 18, if you feel comfortable in doing so. If not, your child will not be able to return for in-person instruction until the beginning of the fifth six weeks on February 23.”
Seals said that remote instruction will begin for all children not attending in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 5.
CISD has also taken the additional steps of cancelling all sub-varsity extra-curricular athletic activities until January 18 in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus between students and staff within and between communities.
”I know these are troubling times for everyone,” Dr. Seals said. “And as much as we all would like to get back to our ‘normal’ way of living, for now, the best things to do are to practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash and sanitize your hands, and most importantly, do not congregate with anyone outside of your immediate household or in large groups.”