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LISD to close for four days

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From Enterprise Staff

Livingston ISD will close the week of Labor Day, Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins announced via email Wednesday.

“The trajectory of the COVID-19 virus-positive cases has caused teacher staffing issues for our district. Monday, Sept. 6, is Labor Day and is an LISD school holiday.

Livingston ISD will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Sept. 10, due to the staffing shortage from COVID-19 positive cases,” Hawkins said. “There will not be regular instruction on any campuses or remote conferencing instruction for COVID-19 positive students during the closure.”

All district instructional facilities will be closed Sept. 6-10. Angelina College dual credit classes will be held online during the LISD closure. LHS extracurricular activities will continue as long as they can be sustained by non-COVID positive staff.

A free COVID-19 testing clinic will be available on the Livingston High School campus for staff and students from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. The high school campus will be available by telephone at 936-328-8600 during this time.

“We encourage everyone to stay home, wash their hands often and practice social distancing during this closure. It is crucial that staff and students protect themselves and continue to watch for symptoms of the virus,” Hawkins said. “We further ask that all staff and students continue to follow our strong recommendation to wear face coverings when involved in any indoor activities. Please consider vaccination if you are eligible and have not already done so.

“While this is our first closure due to staffing shortages caused by COVID-19 positive cases, more closures may be necessary if we cannot work to mitigate viral spread in our community,” Hawkins said.

“We encourage everyone in the community to help mitigate the virus by hand washing often with soap and water, wearing a mask, avoiding crowds and practicing social distancing and getting vaccinated, if eligible,” Hawkins said, adding, “We look forward to resuming regular class schedules on Monday, Sept. 13. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone and wish each of you health and safety during this closure.”

The district will be using the four days set aside on the school calendar as “bad weather days” for the replacement of the lost instructional time.

Symptoms of the virus may be checked at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

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