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LIST: Schools canceling classes amid omicron surge

Hutto and Marble Falls ISD have now both announced cancellations.

MARBLE FALLS, Texas — As Central Texas grapples with staffing shortages, student absences and more due to the current COVID-19 surge, we will continue to update this story with class closure announcements.

Hutto ISD

The district will be closing campuses from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19.

"Despite our best efforts to keep our campuses operating safely, the number of staff who are out with COVID-19 has overwhelmed our school district," the district said.

RELATED: Hutto ISD canceling bus routes due to COVID-related staffing shortages

Jarrell ISD

On Jan. 18, the district announced it would be closing all campuses for the remainder of the week.

Johnson City ISD

The district is cancelling school Monday, Jan. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 18, due to a high rate of faculty and staffing testing positive.

Read more here.

Lago Vista ISD

Classes are canceled for Lago Vista High School and Lago Vista Middle School on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19, officials announced on Facebook.

Staff will report in-person as normal. Students in grades 6 through 12 will return on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Here is the full letter sent to students and parents:  

January 17, 2022

Dear Viking Students, Parents, and Staff:

Despite our best efforts to keep our campuses appropriately staffed to ensure adequate supervision and safe operations, the number of staff absences is greater than the number of available substitutes and staff members needed for coverage. As a result, Lago Vista High School and Lago Vista Middle School will be closed to students on Tuesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 19. Staff will report in-person as normal. Students in grades 6-12 will return on Thursday, January 20.

Due to the longer school day, our secondary campuses have significantly more instructional minutes for the year and are able to be closed for instruction without impacting the school calendar (including much needed days for inclement weather).  During these two days, the District will reorganize our staffing to provide qualified employees in each PK-5 classroom, which will allow us to continue providing teaching and learning for our youngest learners while also preventing our elementary parents from having to scramble to secure childcare.

As our secondary campuses will be closed for instruction, remote conferencing for students in grades 6-12 will not be provided on Tuesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 19.  

CLARIFICATION ABOUT REMOTE/VIRTUAL LEARNING 

Virtual or remote learning is not an option for our school district. It is only available for students who are out sick with COVID-19 or are out for extended periods. However, while remote learning is not an option during these closures, it is still our goal to do as much as we can for every student.  As such, our secondary campuses will have staff members available to provide additional extension and remediation during these days.  Our secondary campus principals will send out additional information on these opportunities later today.

EXTRACURRICULAR EVENTS & ACTIVITIES 

All UIL extracurricular events and activities will continue as scheduled, as long as coaches and students are healthy.

TRANSPORTATION

In addition to staff shortages, we are also experiencing shortages with bus drivers.  During the two days of closure at Lago Vista High School and Lago Vista Middle School, staff members with appropriate licensure and experience will also assist with providing elementary and intermediate bus routes, as needed.  Transportation services are expected to resume as normal for students in grades 6-12 on Thursday, January 20.

FOOD SERVICE

During the two days of closure at Lago Vista High School and Lago Vista Middle School, cafeteria staff members will be shifted in order to cover absences.  Meal service for students in grades 6-12 will be available for pickup at Lago Vista High School between 7:30-9:30am.  Please email Jennifer Porter at jennifer_porter@lagovista.txed.net to request meal service.  

COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

We continue to strongly encourage staff and students to wear masks in situations where social distancing is not possible. Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and keep your students home if they are unwell.  Notify your campus nurse if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or develops any symptoms of COVID-19.

We will continue to update you on this situation and appreciate your continued support and understanding of the incredibly difficult decisions we have had to make.

Marble Falls ISD

Classes are now canceled on Friday, Jan. 14, for Marble Falls ISD as the district reports a surge in "viral infections" that have led to a staffing shortage. 

The announcement did not specifically state the infections were related to COVID-19, but it is the first school district in the area to announce a closure caused by infections as the omicron variant causes case numbers to skyrocket.

"We are saddened by the need to take this step, but MFISD does not have enough available staff to monitor students and maintain safe school environments," the district said in a Facebook post.

School is set to be out on Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so classes won't resume until Jan. 18.

Extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled, unless parents or students receive word from coaches or directors that indicate otherwise, according to MFISD. Information about student meals at campuses will be announced later. 

Due to staff shortages caused by a surge in viral infections, Marble Falls ISD campuses will be closed on Friday,...

Posted by Marble Falls ISD on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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