Central Texas school district closes elementary school campus again as COVID-19 continues to spread

29 cases were confirmed in the last three days

A file image of an empty classroom.

For the second time this school year, an elementary school in Marble Falls is closing in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Marble Falls ISD Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen said Highland Lakes Elementary School will be closed next week “due to the number of active COVID cases among HLES students.” Classes are slated to resume in person on Monday, Sept. 13.

The school reported dozens of confirmed cases in August and 12 additional infections so far in September, according to the district’s website.

All other campuses in Marble Falls ISD, located northwest of Austin, will remain open at this time.

“This closure hopes to stop the spread of the virus negatively affecting this campus,” Allen said in a letter to parents on Thursday.

In late August, officials closed the elementary school for two days. At the time, Highland Lakes had confirmed 29 cases reported a three-day span.

Schools across the state of Texas have struggled with containing the spread of the virus as students return to in-person instruction.

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