MCISD announces uptick in COVID cases at upper campuses

Posted 11/13/20

Madisonville CISD announced a total of 21 positive COVID-19 cases in students and 12 positive cases in staff via a mass email sent to district families Thursday, with the bulk of activity coming from students at the junior high and high school campuses.

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MCISD announces uptick in COVID cases at upper campuses

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Madisonville CISD announced a total of 21 positive COVID-19 cases in students and 12 positive cases in staff via a mass email sent to district families Thursday, with the bulk of activity coming from students at the junior high and high school campuses.

Officials say no students contracted the virus at the school.

The email, signed by Superintendent Keith Smith, stated that leadership is considering moving to remote instruction for the junior high and high school campuses for the week of Nov. 16-20. This decision will be made Friday.

The district has 2,297 students and 308 staff members. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the total positive test rate was .01267 with the 21 students and 12 staff members.

“All of our campuses are doing exceptionally well in preventative measures,” said Smith in the email. “Due to age, mobility, and many other factors, our upper two campuses have experienced a rise in (COVID-19) activity during the last week. That being said, these campuses are still doing extremely well.”

MCISD has sent 196 students home for close-contact quarantine as a precautionary measure. At the time of the email, these students had not tested positive for the virus.

“As of today, based on close contact tracing and investigations by the regional health authorities, zero students have contacted this virus at school,” said Smith. “Our families, students and staff have done an exceptional job keeping our children healthy.”

The district canceled all extracurricular activities for Friday and Saturday.

The email stated the district had awaited guidance from legal counsel regarding the information they could release to families without violating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). They received said legal guidance Thursday night before sending out the mass message.

The conclusion of the email referenced the Thanksgiving holiday and the importance of following standard COVID-19 guidelines during the celebration process.

“How we celebrate this holiday will have a dramatic impact on the quality of education that we will be able to provide moving forward,” said Smith in the email.

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