NZISD students enter quarantine

Posted 10/27/20

North Zulch ISD asked roughly 40 students to quarantine following their first pair of positive COVID-19 cases since August last week, in accordance with state guidelines. The students, none of which had tested positive at the time of this writing, will work from home through the district’s online asynchronous learning program until they are eligible to return.

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NZISD students enter quarantine

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North Zulch ISD asked roughly 40 students to quarantine following their first pair of positive COVID-19 cases since August last week, in accordance with state guidelines. The students, none of which had tested positive at the time of this writing, will work from home through the district’s online asynchronous learning program until they are eligible to return.

“We don’t have any cases out of any of the students who have been quarantined,” said Superintendent Alan Andrus Monday. “No one has tested positive after or even reported being sick.”

The district has seen four confirmed cases since the beginning of the school year with a nine-week gap coming between two in August and two last week. Each case was contracted off campus, according to officials. Considering the flurry of unprecedented situations the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to educators, Andrus is pleased with how NZISD has weathered the storm.

“We have been very blessed to have such a low number of cases,” said Andrus. “I think people sometimes are a little confused about the decision-making process from schools, but schools are working hand-in-hand with state health services when we make these decisions on quarantines, so I think it’s been a collaborative effort on making decisions when we do have cases that are positive.”

While some schools have made plans to end their online learning options and are asking healthy students to return to campus for instructional learning, NZISD will continue their asynchronous learning option and reevaluate the situation at the conclusion of the semester.

NZISD had the majority of their students on campus for traditional learning with a small number working online from home before the quarantine.

“One of the reasons we decided to continue (asynchronous online learning) is because the kids that we have online right now are successful,” said Andrus. “But we’ve only had 11 students on this asynchronous learning program for these nine weeks, so we don’t have a high number.”

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