Poth ISD closing in-person instruction after teacher, student test positive for COVID-19
Poth, TEXAS – A month after opening its doors back to in-person instruction, Poth ISD is closing them once again after a high school student and elementary teacher test positive for COVID-19. “This decision to close all campuses has been made in order to protect both students and staff from further exposure risk,” Renken stated in the letter. Last month, all students except medically-exempt students and those with high-risk family members were required to return to the classroom. The closure will go into effect Tuesday, Nov. 17, and will stay in place for the rest of the week. “We hope the planned Thanksgiving week holiday in combination with this closure will help slow the spread of the virus,” Renken stated in the letter.
Most Poth ISD students will return to the classroom Monday, district officials say
School officials said productivity was low with virtual learning. “We’re going to be as safe as we can here at school,” said Poth ISD Superintendent Paula Renken. Poth ISD school officials only one student, a kindergartner, has tested positive for COVID-19. After Poth ISD officials sent parents a letter Thursday announcing the decision, dozens took to Facebook with concerns. As parents hurry to rearrange their plans, school officials say they’re working to keep the school environments safe.