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Taft High School going to remote learning starting Friday

Positive COVID test by staff member leads to closure
Taft Independent School District
Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 20:45:10-05

TAFT, Texas — Taft High School will be closed from Friday through Jan. 27 as students transition to remote learning after a school staff member has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

The staff member who tested positive was last present on campus on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The district was notified of this staff member’s test-confirmed results Wednesday night.

Taft ISD has taken the necessary precautionary measures to quarantine staff and students meeting the “Close Contact” criteria.

The district will be taking extra precautionary measures to disinfect the high school during its the closure with daily sanitizing measures in place.

The district has provided updated COVID-19 information on its website here.

While the district does not believe the impact is beyond the scope of contact tracing and the number of individuals meeting the “Close Contact” criteria, it indicated on its website it wants to err on the side of caution. The decision to close Taft High School is to protect both students and staff from further exposure and risk, while giving them an opportunity over the next seven days to monitor for symptoms, the district said.

On-campus instruction will resume on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Students must continue to participate daily with remote instruction. Students are asked to connect with their teachers for engagement and instruction as remote attendance is still taken daily.

Curbside meals will be provided between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At this time, some athletic events may be temporarily suspended and rescheduled. The athletic department will notify parents if anything changes that affects pending athletic events.