WACO, Texas (KWKT) – A Texas school district announced Monday evening that it would close all campuses through Sept. 7 after a second teacher died of COVID-19 complications.
Natalia Chansler and David “Andy” McCormick taught social studies at Connally Independent School District High School.
“Even though they were in the same content area, they had two different grade levels in two different portions … of the building,” said Deputy Superintendent Jill Bottelberghe. All employees identified as “close contacts” with a well-known COVID-19 case are asked to test every two days, Bottelberghe said.
All campuses in the district will be closed for a week and students will do distance learning. The buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
The district will also offer tests for the families of students who may have been in contact with Mr. McCormick and Mrs. Chansler.
The district issued a statement to all parents and guardians saying, “We know the difficulties this can present to families, but we want to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our students and team.” For now, the district is asking parents to monitor their children’s symptoms and alert the school nurse if a child tests positive.