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One area school sends students home, one area district tells all students to come back

Students at one Central Texas school were sent home Wednesday to learn remotely because of COVID-19 while all of the students in one area school district were told to report for in-person learning on Monday.
Students at one Central Texas school were sent home Wednesday to learn remotely because of COVID-19 while all of the students in one area school district were told to report for in-person learning on Monday.(KY3)
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 6:39 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2020 at 7:51 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – Connally Primary School students were sent home Wednesday to learn remotely while all students in the Cranfills Gap ISD in Bosque County were told to report for in-person instruction on Monday.

The primary school will be closed for a minimum of 14 days after two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days with others reporting symptoms, the district’s chief human resources officer, Jill Talamantez, said in a press release Wednesday night.

“Last week the campus sent 140 students and staff members home for quarantine as they were identified as being in close contact with a confirmed positive case on campus,” she said in the letter.

“Upon investigating the confirmed positive cases on campus and contact tracing, it was found that both cases were in close contact with confirmed COVID positive cases outside of the school day. However, this fact does not reduce the spread of the virus to the primary campus. Therefore, out of extreme caution, the difficult decision to move the entire campus to remote learning was made,” she said.

Students may pick up free breakfasts from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunches from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Cranfills Gap Superintendent Monti Parchman, in a letter to parents Tuesday, said the small district with just more than 130 students is ending online instruction, saying it “has not been successful for many of our students.”

Remote instruction ends Friday except for students who’ve been told to quarantine because of exposure to the virus or because they’ve tested positive for the virus.

Students have the option of returning to campus, withdrawing to home school, enrolling in a private school or seeking a transfer to a district that offers remote learning.

New remote instruction guidelines

Posted by Cranfills Gap ISD on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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