London ISD closes high school, middle school because of COVID concerns

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Posted at 9:16 AM, Nov 18, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The London Independent School District will close its middle school and high school until the Thanksgiving break and return to remote learning after a teacher who had been on campus tested positive for the coronavirus.

Superintendent Dr. Judi Whitis said a decision was made early this morning to close both schools after officials learned that a teacher who had been on campus up to Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.

"We were notified about 1:30 a.m.," Whitis said. "Out of an abundance of caution and concern, we decided to close our schools and immediately start a deep cleaning."

The district sent an email to all parents informing them of the decision early Wednesday morning.

The e-mail said the teacher did have contact with students, parents and other teachers at the school and also Tuesday night at a basketball game.

There will be no school or extracurricular activities taking place at either the middle school or the high school until after the Thanksgiving break ends, Whitis said. The schools are slated on Monday Nov. 30.

"Anytime you have to make something like this during our COVID journey, you know you'll make people disappointed," Whitis said. "It was a difficult decision."

The closure will affect 403 students at the high school and 340 students at the middle school, Whitis said.

The district's pre-kindergarten and elementary school will remain open at the current time, Whitis said.