Special to the News-Standard
GROVETON — All Groveton ISD campuses were closed Friday based upon the number of students and staff members who were ill, showing symptoms, and testing positive for COVID-19.
The facilities will remain closed until Tuesday, Sept. 7.
According to a letter to students and faculty from incoming Superintendent Jim Dillard, GISD had only 12 students and two employees who tested positive for COVID-19 during the first full week of instruction.
However, in the second week, the numbers of cases increased by more than four times that amount.
Dillard wrote that the action is an inconvenience for many people, but the number of positive cases indicates that action must be taken, as the health and safety of students and staff are of utmost importance.
The 10-day period will allow infected individuals time to self-quarantine and recover, while allowing the cleaning staff an opportunity to deep clean the facilities.
Additionally, no remote instruction will be provided by the district during this closure as we are waiting on further guidance for viable remote learning options. All extracurricular activities, games, and practices will be cancelled until 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.
At that time sponsors, directors, and coaches may resume practices to prepare for their weekly competitions and performances.
Dillard wrote that the school calendar will not be altered unless additional instances occur that require campuses to close.
Please understand that this decision was not taken lightly but was made out of necessity to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the school district.
More information may be obtained by the school Facebook page or the school website at www.grovetonisd.net. During this temporary closure, Dillard said parents and guardians were encouraged to monitor children’s health and contact the school offices at (936) 642-1473 if you have any questions, as some staff members will be on hand to answer your call.