The week-long break from classes for Thanksgiving resulted in a 50-percent drop in the active COVID-19 cases at Schulenburg ISD.
According to the SISD’s dashboard, located on its website, 24 staff and students had coronavirus heading into the break on Friday, Nov. 20. As of this past Monday, Nov. 30, the total had decreased to 12.
“I was real happy with the numbers,” Superintendent Duane Limbaugh said. “There were no positive cases over the break but it’s not a reprieve. There still could be a spike in the coming days from Thanksgiving.”
A big group in quarantine from prior to the break was expected back in school on Wednesday, Dec. 2, Limbaugh said.
At a school board meeting before the week off for Thanksgiving, Limbaugh said school would remain in-person if at all possible but an uptick in cases caused some concerns, particularly with staffing. While administrators were able to juggle teaching duties to cover for the educators who were out, the district would be more adversely affected if the virus hit other staff like cafeteria workers or bus drivers, Limbaugh said.
“As long as we don’t have a problem with staffing, we’ll stay open,” Limbaugh said. “I believe that school is the best place for the kids.”
The following are statistics from the SISD’s COVID-19 dashboard: