BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas — Superintendents from the Bryan and College Station school districts on Monday joined a press conference hosted by the Brazos County Health District.
During the meeting, Brazos County Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan confirmed 17 staff members and 35 students in Bryan ISD have tested positive for COVID-19 since the school year began last week.
Meanwhile, 12 staff members and 21 students in College Station ISD have tested positive for COVID-19 during the same time frame.
As mask mandates remain illegal in Texas, both superintendents confirmed their districts have no plans to implement one at this time.
Regarding a potential dress code loophole to implement mask wearing, Bryan ISD's superintendent said the method presents too many legal issues under the Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on mask mandating.
However, both districts confirmed they will continue the deep cleaning they performed routinely last year.
According to both superintendents, optional mask-wearing has continued on their campuses and no reports have been made of any harassment related to wearing one.
Regarding potential school closures, the superintendents said that should that happen, it will likely come down to staffing issues.
At the time of this publication, both districts confirmed they will not be going forward with COVID-19 case thresholds for closure.
Bryan ISD officials said they will be emailing parents/legal guardians each day if there's a positive case of COVID-19 confirmed on campus. Interested families were also encouraged to check out the district's COVID-19 dashboard for constant updates.
In a reminder to parents, the two superintendents said sick students will be directed to the school nurse and then be required to get picked up.
Meanwhile, extracurricular activities are still moving forward at both districts this school year.
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