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Concerns arise now that students will return to school after the holiday break

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 17:54:50-05

BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — The holidays have wrapped and it’s time to hit the books once again.

Students will return to in person learning after some time off, and some are concerned of the risk.

Bremond Independent School's Superintendent is confident in returning to school Tuesday and says they are prepared with testing kits.

”One thing that we did start right before the break was that we’re testing, we have our own test and our nurse is testing the kids,” said Daryl Stuard the Superintendent of Bremond ISD.

Some parents who have family members with compromised immune systems have expressed their concerns.

”We still have a few staff members, a few students who have tested positive, but were going to do everything we can to service the kids here at school,” Daryl Stuard shared.

Although few staff members and students are fighting off the virus, Superintendent Daryl Stuard acknowledges the issue and wants to tackle it head on to ensure he can continue providing students with the best in person learning experience.

”We have to address the issues and we have to take it seriously but we also have to trudge on,” Stuard said.

A Rockdale high school student who has contracted the virus over the holiday is concerned for not only the students returning but also online students joining the classrooms.

”Me already having COVID, it’s kind of opened my eyes to see it’s something that you can’t really play with...COVID is actually a real thing and people more than likely need to take it seriously,” said Alondra Rubio, a Rockdale high school senior.

Alondra’s biggest concern is for the vulnerable population in her community who play a huge role as care takers for some of these students.

”There’s students that live, you know, they live with elderly people and stuff and then everyone returning from break because you know there are some kids that are not social distanced during the holidays,” said Rubio.

On Monday afternoon, Rockdale ISD announced they were extending the holidays for students for another week due to the rise in cases in Milam County, with classes resuming on Monday, January 11, 2021.