In an email to parents on Monday, Connally Independent School District said that was closing all of its campuses due to an increase of Covid-19 cases and the number of absences of both students and staff.
The district plans to resume in-person classes on September 7, and students will have remote lessons for the rest of this week.
“Our hope is that the closure and holiday break will provide those who are positive with the virus or exposed to others with the virus, the time to isolate and recover. This closure will also allow time for deep cleaning and sanitizing of all CISD facilities,” the district said in an email provided to CNN.
The district serves the cities of Lacy Lakeview and Waco and the communities of Elm Mott, Chalk Bluff, and Gholson.
Two teachers at Connally Junior High died recently from Covid-19, the district said in separate emails to parents.
She was starting her second year with the district and had previously taught in La Vega ISD and Waco ISD.
David A. McCormick, a 59-year-old 7th-grade social studies teacher, died on August 24, the district said.
“While Mr. McCormick was new to this campus this year, he was well-known having taught for us in the past and has family teaching here and children who graduated from Connally ISD,” the email said.
He had last been at the school on August 18, which was the first day of school in the district.
The district said counselors will be available to support students and help them deal with the loss.
“With the loss of two beloved teachers, we know that concerns for physical and mental health are heightened. We want to assure you that we are focused on measures to take care of our students and staff,” the email said..
CNN has not been able to speak with either teachers’ families.
A drive-through testing session held Wendnesday morning for staff, students and community members had a 26% positivity rate, the post said.
The district provided Covid-19 rapid testing to all staff at the junior high on Sunday and plans to offer them for parents and students as well. It has scheduled a vaccination clinic on September 13 for staff, parents and the community.