Several North Texas schools temporarily close due to rising COVID-19 cases

The return date for most districts is Tuesday, Jan. 18

Several North Texas schools are temporarily closing their doors due to the spread of COVID-19.

Most of the districts are using the upcoming three-day weekend as an opportunity to extend the break.

Argyle ISD

With more than 18% of districtwide staff absent, Argyle ISD canceled classes on Friday. Extracurricular activities scheduled Friday through Monday will continue as planned, the district said.

The district said Thursday more than 70 staff members and more than 130 students had active cases of COVID-19 -- the highest number of the 2021-22 school year.

Boyd ISD

Officials in Boyd ISD closed all schools Wednesday through Monday for deep cleaning and will not offer virtual classes while campuses are closed.

In a letter to district families, Boyd ISD urged parents and students to be "cautious of (their) activities" while schools are closed.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 was asked to contact their campus office or the district's director of health services at 940-433-2327.

According to its COVID-19 dashboard, Boyd ISD had 42 active cases of the virus among students and staff at all its campuses through Wednesday.

Keller ISD

The Keller School district now says it's closing Bear Creek Intermediate School and North Riverside Elementary Schools starting Friday because they don't have enough staff or substitutes to keep them open. The district anticipates the schools will reopen Tuesday after the holiday but says it's possible there will be an extension.

Kemp ISD

Kemp ISD announced Wednesday night that it would close Thursday and Friday, welcoming students back to campus Tuesday after the already-scheduled three-day weekend.

"While we understand that this may cause an inconvenience for families, we are taking this time to mitigate the spread of the COVID virus, by minimizing person-to-person contact and thoroughly disinfecting all district facilities and transportation," Kemp ISD Superintendent James R. Young wrote in a letter to district families.

Through Wednesday, the district had 66 actives COVID-19 cases across all campuses, according to its online dashboard.

Krum ISD

All schools in Krum ISD will close Thursday through Monday due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, the district says.

A letter to parents on Wednesday said virtual instruction would not be offered and the days will not be made up. Krum ISD was already scheduled to be off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

According to the district's online dashboard, 110 students and 14 staff members districtwide had active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday.

Mansfield ISD

The Mansfield school district previously announced the closure of several elementary schools but is now closing all schools in the district starting Friday. Students will not have virtual instruction, and the district expects classes to be held again on Wednesday. The district is offering curbside meals on Tuesday from 11 to 12 at several schools.

An up-to-date list with the active and total to-date number of COVID-19 cases amongst staff and students at each school within the district can be found here.

"We intentionally chose a 5-day break to allow staff who are currently out sick to recover and to minimize the possibility of more community spread of the virus," the district said in a statement. "MISD’s custodial staff will use this time to implement our COVID-19 deep cleaning protocol at all of our facilities."

Mesquite ISD

The Mesquite ISD announced Friday morning that they would keep campuses closed for two days following the Monday MLK Jr. Day holiday and that classes would resume on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Northwest Independent School District

All Northwest ISD campuses will be closed Friday to Tuesday because of a significant staff shortage caused by COVID.

Red Oak ISD

Students in Red Oak ISD will be off Friday due to climbing COVID-19 cases in the district, staff members will have an in-person workday. The district was already scheduled to be off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The district wrote on its website that extracurricular activities scheduled for Friday would go on as planned.

The district added that Texas Education Agency guidelines had changed, so contact tracing would not be conducted for students at Red Oak ISD schools. However, if parents learned a student was a close contact to someone who tested positive for the virus, they would have the option to keep them home or send them to school with a mask.

"While the COVID omicron variant is quickly spreading and we expect mass population coverage soon, we will continue to monitor active cases each week to mitigate the spread," the district wrote in a statement.

According to its COVID-19 dashboard, Red Oak ISD had 104 active cases among students and 46 among teachers as of Thursday morning.

Venus ISD

Venus ISD closed all its schools Thursday through Monday due to COVID-19 cases. All extracurricular activities were also canceled.

Through Wednesday night, 38 staff and 75 students districtwide had active cases of the coronavirus, according to the district's dashboard.

White Settlement ISD

White Settlement school districts are closed today and will not reopen until next Wednesday due to staffing shortage. More than 150 team members are out currently due to illness, COVID-19 exposure or day care closure, and student absenteeism is at a high for the school year.

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