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Connally Junior High School to close until Sept. 7 after second COVID-19 death

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Aug 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 14:52:43-04

MOTT, Texas — Connally Junior High School will be closed tomorrow through Monday, Sept. 6, after a second teacher at the school died due to COVID-19, Connally ISD announced Monday.

Natalia Chansler, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, died this weekend.

"We extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to her family, students, and friends," said Connally ISD Superintendent Wesley Holt in an email address.

Several counselors will be available at the Connally Junior High campus from 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. this week to provide support to students struggling with this sudden loss.

Chansler is the second Connally ISD teacher to die this year due to COVID-19.

The district plans on using the campus's closure to sanitize and conduct a thorough cleaning; this several-day closure came at the recommendation of the McLennan County Health Department.

Optional COVID-19 rapid testing for students, parents, and staff will now be made available to those who wish to participate.

The district will also be holding a free vaccination clinic on Sept. 13, from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Connally High School Gymnasium for staff, parents, and the community.

To learn more about Connally ISD's daily cleaning and safety protocols, click here.

In-person learning will resume Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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