Bryan ISD, CSISD confirm positive cases linked to campuses

Bryan and College Station ISD say COVID-19 updates will be shared with parents and staff, not to the general public
Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 11:21 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Bryan Independent School District confirmed Wednesday positive cases of COVID-19 have already been linked to three campuses.

The district’s Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Matthew LeBlanc, says the district has already started its protocol for reporting and responding to positive cases, including two-week quarantining for those who test positive and reaching out to their close contacts.

LeBlanc confirmed cases have been linked to staff members at Henderson Elementary and Sul Ross Elementary. A student at Bryan High School has also tested positive. He says that all areas of the campuses have already been disinfected and these cases should not affect the start of school Thursday.

“Every single school is going to have somebody on their campus that has a lab-confirmed case for COVID-19 at some point,” said LeBlanc. “I truly believe that it’s going to happen, and it is going to happen often.”

LeBlanc says that because of this, they have been planning and meeting with the Brazos County Health District multiple times a week.

Both Bryan ISD and College Station ISD say they plan to inform parents and staff about any confirmed cases on the campus but at this time they do not plan to share the information with the general public.

“First notification that goes out will let them know that that there’s been a COVID-19 case on campus,” said LeBlanc. “If it’s determined anyone was in close contact with that person, they will be notified and then those people, if there was anyone, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.”

On Thursday morning, College Station ISD Director of Communications Chuck Glenewinkel confirms a staff member at College Station High School has tested positive for coronavirus. The staff member was last on CSHS campus on August 18 and all areas of the campus used by the individual were closed off and sanitized using hospital-grade disinfectant.

Both Bryan and College Station ISD said there is a plan with the health district for addressing any outbreaks. They say if 10% or more of any classroom has active confirmed cases, then the school district will discuss the next steps that need to be taken. If any campus has 3% or more active confirmed cases, the school district says that they will look at their options with the health district to mitigate the risk and make a decision best for the situation.

Samantha Shields is planning on sending her two kids to the first day of school for in-person instruction. She says that the is happy to see that the district is already working through a plan to deal with cases.

“The ball is rolling, they’re already in the groove of what we do when this happens, and it almost makes me feel a bit more confident because now they’ve had to start dealing with it and we’re not waiting for when that ball drops,” said Shields.

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