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South Waco Elementary to switch to remote learning after seeing 9 COVID-19 cases since Monday

Waco ISD
Posted at 8:37 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 21:37:37-05

WACO, TX — South Waco Elementary School will switch to remote learning after an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Principal Twana Lee informed families and employees of the change Friday evening.

According to Lee, five more people, who have been on campus, tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to nine since Monday.

With the number of cases, approximately 20 employees will be out Monday after testing positive for being in close contact with someone who tested positive. Most of the teachers who are out will still be able to teach remotely.

South Waco Elementary will switch to remote learning from Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18. In-person instruction will begin after winter break on Tuesday, January 5.

All in-person students will be able to pick up a device or check out a mobile hotspot beginning Monday.

During the closure, the campus will be deep cleaned and sanitized.

Waco ISD is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and employees on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at University High School. The test uses a "shallow nasal swab that only goes about an inch into the nose." Results should be sent within 24 hours.