Lubbock ISD confirms COVID-19 exposures - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock ISD confirms COVID-19 exposures

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

For the largest school district in Lubbock, it was a question of "when" not "if".

On Wednesday, the district confirmed COVID-19 cases on the third day of school, at Honey Elementary on 86th street and Guadalupe Elementary on Avenue P. Superintendent Kathy Rollo says the schools will remain open. 

"We are not planning on closing down entire schools at any point. We really believe that when we have positive cases, if we follow our protocols...we know we can reduce the spread and mitigate the spread of this virus," Rollo explained.

It is unclear how many cases there are or whether it was students or staff that tested positive. 

Affected areas in both schools will undergo cleaning and those in close contact will be individually notified. The district is also monitoring a possible exposure at  McCool Academy on 31st street.

Since the first day of classes, some slight adjustments have been made to new COVID protocols on a case-by-case basis , according to Rollo.

"Sometimes it's hard just to know what to expect until you live through it, and so, as they have started school, they have seen where some congestion may be so they could make an adjustment to help alleviate that," she said.

"Just because school has started doesn't mean that we've all got it. We're off to a great start and I couldn't be more grateful," Frenship ISD Superintendent Michelle McCord said.

Frenship ISD has not yet confirmed any positive cases, but now it is just a waiting game. 

"We know that that's going to happen. We've got lots of kiddos and lots of staff. But we've also done planning and coordinating with the health department," 

Similar to Lubbock ISD, a large majority of the student body chose in-person classes at Frenship, nearly 85%.

The fast-growing district has also seen areas for improvement since classes began on Monday.

"Now, we have it where, we're kind of standing up two separate systems: virtual and face to face. It's great to see kiddos come in, but we're probably going to need some staff. We had some classrooms that had a few too many kiddos in there. So, we're looking at those numbers, each day," McCool explained.

Meanwhile, the third and last school district in Lubbock, Lubbock-Cooper, began its school year on Wednesday. 


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