By Tony Farkas
APPLE SPRINGS — With area schools closing at the beginning of the school year because of COVID outbreaks, the Apple Springs ISD Board of Trustees discussed changes to policies for leave and closings.
Superintendent Dr. Cody Moree said the school has been given funds for testing supplies, but at this time has not been testing. He also said that school only has authority to test staff, as testing students requires parental consent.
The district had been sent 200 rapid test kits at the beginning of the year, but all were expired.
“There’s your tax dollars at work,” he said.
At this time, there are no new regulations from the Texas Educators Association, Moree said.
Currently, there are three confirmed student cases of COVID, all of which are at home recuperating, and Moree said that hopefully cases don’t become widespread through the student body or faculty.
“Losing staff would cause us to have to close faster,” he said. “We don’t have any of our staff out currently, so we consider ourselves blessed.”
Additionally, the state is sticking to its guidelines and not making exceptions for employees that test positive since federal aid that paid for time off in COVID cases has ended. Moree said that means that the employees will need to use their personal time off.
Moree said he would like to ask the board to continue the COVID time off policy that was in place last year.
This would affect employees that have been diagnosed with the virus, not those who may have been exposed to it, he said.
The board approved the measure unanimously.
In other business, the board:
- approved setting a mandatory board training session for the Dec. 9 regular meeting; and
- discussed the resignation of a special education teacher, and the hiring of Susan Campbell as an administrative assistant.