By Chris Edwards
KENNARD – Kennard ISD is the fourth East Texas school district to cancel classes due to COVID outbreaks.
A letter from KISD superintendent Malinda Lindsey, which went out on the morning of Wednesday, August 25, states that KISD will resume classes on Wednesday, Sept. 1. “Based on attendance rate over the last few days, we feel it is in the best interest of our students and staff to close the district for deep cleaning and disinfection,” Lindsey said in the letter.
KISD is releasing all students early today, at 1 p.m., due, according to Lindsey, to a large number of students who are ill.
“We are taking this very seriously. The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance,” Lindsey said.
The letter noted that in addition to a large number of ill students, there are also staff members who are sick with fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea, and the positive numbers of COVID cases continues to rise.
In addition to classes, all of the district’s extracurricular events are also cancelled until Sept. 1.
Last week, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) reversed its previous guidance in requiring that school districts must notify teachers, staff and students’ families of any positive COVID cases. Before, TEA did not explicitly require school districts to notify the parents of close contact with the virus.