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G.W. Carver Middle School to close at 1 p.m. today due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Waco ISD
Posted at 12:39 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 13:47:49-05

WACO, TX — Earlier today, Dr. Isaac Carrier, principal of G.W. Carver Middle School, sent the following message to Carver families and employees that states that the school will be closing school at 1 pm today:

“As you are aware, six people at our campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. Although no new cases have been reported so far today, several people have reported symptoms that could be a sign of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results. The result is that more than half of our teachers are currently in quarantine or out awaiting test results. While most of our educators are able to teach remotely, the number of employees out presents a challenge for appropriately supervising students without bringing large groups of students together in the same space.

As a result, Transformation Waco has made the decision to close G.W. Carver Middle School at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 4). We will transition to fully remote instruction, and the campus will remain closed for in-person instruction through at least next Wednesday. At this time, Transformation Waco plans to reopen the campus for in-person instruction on Thursday, Nov. 12."

As before, students will begin to be dismissed at 1 p.m. today. Normal dismissal procedures will be followed and buses will run their regular routes starting at 1 p.m. If you pick up your student, please do so as close to 1 p.m. as possible.

Before leaving, any students without internet access at home will be able to check out a mobile hotspot. If you need technical assistance with your student’s Chromebook or a mobile hotspot, you can reach the student help desk between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 254-284-1072.

All areas of the campus will be deep cleaned and sanitized using hospital-grade disinfectants before the campus reopens for in-person instruction.

Rapid tests are available to screen in-person students and employees at G.W. Carver Middle School for COVID-19 before the campus reopens next week.