AUSTIN, Texas — Austin-Travis County's dashboard shows that more than 4,300 kids from ages 1 to 19 have had the coronavirus. The good news is there haven't been any deaths in that age range in the Austin area.
Most of the kids in that age group are in school, and Austin Public Health said it's still safe for them to learn in person.
"The vast majority of exposures we have seen in the school setting have been focused largely on extracurricular activities, athletics and dance teams, and social gatherings," APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette said.
However, some schools are shutting down because of an increase in COVID-19 cases.
KVUE is keeping track of Central Texas schools temporarily closing due to the pandemic. Here's a list:
On Nov. 16, the high school closed to in-person learning until at least Nov. 18 due to a "gradual but steady" rise in COVID-19 cases at the campus. On Nov. 16, the school held a drive-thru for rapid COVID-19 testing, testing more than 250 people that day, with at least four people testing positive. Testing was set to continue through Nov. 18.
On Nov. 18, Austin ISD said in the three days the campus was closed, almost 300 students were proactively tested. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, four tests came back positive and those individuals have been notified. The district said there is no evidence of transmission from on-campus activities, so on-campus learning will resume on Thursday, Nov. 19.
"In the best interest of our staff and students," all campuses within this district switched to remort learning starting on Nov. 12, school leaders said. Online learning will continue until at least Friday, Nov. 20.
Baty Elementary School
Due to recent COVID-19 cases on campus and a number of staff members needing to quarantine, the school closed on Nov. 12. On-campus instruction will resume after Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 30.
Fredericksburg High School, Fredericksburg Middle School and Fredericksburg Elementary School
School leaders announced on Nov. 13 that all of the campuses listed above will transition to remote learning. The campuses will be closed until at least through Friday, Nov. 20. The high school and middle school both hit the 2% threshold of positive coronavirus cases. The elementary school currently has 21% of its faculty and staff quarantined or sick with the virus.
School leaders said Stonewall Elementary and the Primary school will stay open.
A member of the Lake Travis football coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19, so the Cavaliers will suspend football operations for the next five to seven days, district officials said Nov. 20.
The suspended activities includes the Cavaliers' game against Akins High School on Nov. 20, but there was not a final decision on the rivalry game against Westlake on Nov. 27.
"Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify him or her," the district said in a press release.
Vandegrift High School will cancel in-person learning Nov. 30, 2020 through Dec. 6, 2020, due to increased cases of COVID-19, according to school officials.
"During the Thanksgiving break, our custodial teams continued to work and clean the building. We will ensure the facility is properly sanitized and ready for students to return. We anticipate being able to return to in-person learning and student activities starting Dec. 7, 2020."
For more information, read the full letter from the school principal to families here.
Liberty Hill Junior High School
Starting on Nov. 17, all students attending this school will start learning remotely due to a rise in cases, Superintendent Snell said. Remote learning will continue until at least Friday, Nov. 20. Students will need to follow their normal schedule in Google Classroom. For more information, click here.
This school district is closing down all of its campuses and moving to remote learning until at least Friday, Nov. 20. The latest data from Llano County shows, as of Nov. 13, there were 75 active cases in the county, and a total of 350 cases since the pandemic began.
Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
This school is closed due to COVID. Students started learning online again on Nov. 12 and will continue remote instruction until Monday, Nov. 30.
Thursday night's game between Hendrickson High School and Leander High School will be rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. because of a positive COVID-19 case among the Anderson High School football program, according to Pflugerville ISD. Hendrickson and Anderson last played each other on Friday, Nov. 13, at The Pfield, forcing the Hendrickson team to quarantine.
Hendrickson's season finale against Pflugerville High School will move to Saturday, Dec. 5, at noon at The Pfield because of UIL rules involving the number of days between games.
The game between Anderson High School and Weiss High School that was scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Stony Point High School
The high school has closed its campus due to a number of positive coronavirus cases and close contacts. Students will continue to learn remotely and will not be allowed back in the building until Dec. 1. All extracurricular activities will be suspended during this time.
Know of a Central Texas school closing that's not on this list? Let KVUE know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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