This morning, Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon announced in a message to high school families and staff that, starting tomorrow, Waco ISD High Schools will be closed for in-person instruction.
This closure will affect University High, Waco High, the Greater Waco Advanced Health Care Academy, and the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy.
Schools will remain closed to in-person instruction through October 16, during which time students will be learning remotely. During this closure, all students who have been learning in-person will receive a laptop and, if needed, a mobile hotspot.
The campuses are currently scheduled to reopen for in-person instruction on Monday, October 19.
Kincannon cited a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Waco ISD High Schools as the primary culprit for the closure. She claimed that as case numbers have increased, the amount of teachers and other employees required to quarantine has made supervising students safely untenable.
Waco ISD administration hopes that this closure will allow faculty to quarantine safely and return when in-person instruction resumes.
With KWBU News, I’m Sam Cedar.