WACO, TX — All G.W. Carver Middle School students will remain in remote instruction through November 20.
According to a letter by Principal Dr. Isaac Carrier, the school received guidance from the health district that the campus should remain closed for two weeks in order to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Carrier says all students will continue learning remotely through Friday, November 20. The campus will reopen for in-person instruction after Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 30.
The school first closed Monday afternoon. Since then, Dr. Carrier says eight more people, who have been on campus at G.W. Carver, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The health services department is in the process of identifying anyone who may have been in close contact with someone who tested positive. However, Dr. Carrier says due to the given number of cases, it may take more time than usual to complete that process.
Dr. Carrier says if a student was in close contact, parents will receive a personal phone call and will be instructed to quarantine the student at home for 14 days from their last contact with the positive case.
All close contacts are expected to be contacted by the end of the day Friday, November 6.
The school will offer free rapid tests to screen students for COVID-19 before the campus reopens for in-person instruction.