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Nearby school district parents keep an eye on rising COVID-19 activity

Nearby school district parents keep an eye on rising COVID-19 activity

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — As some school districts in the Brazos Valley temporarily close due to COVID-19, parents are closely monitoring the increasing activity.

The Texas Education Agency has been working on new guidelines for school districts, and the TEA leadership held a conference call with school districts Thursday afternoon.

In Mumford ISD, the district tells KBTX that about 10% of students have been out and about this week, and they normally have an attendance rate of over 97%. Some employees are also absent, but this does not affect their daily activities.

Parent Carrie Martin has a preschool in the district and continues to monitor the school for updates.

“Well, I think schools should be able to have TEA as a guideline, but schools should be able to make decisions based on how things are at that school,” Martin said.

Iola ISD says it will be releasing students Friday at noon so that staff can thoroughly clean the campuses. About 90 primary school students are sick in Iola.

In Milam County, three school districts are canceling classes. Milan and Rockdale school districts canceled for the rest of the week. Buckholts ISD has canceled classes from Wednesday. Bremond ISD also canceled classes in Robertson County this week. All those students are going back on Tuesday, after the MLK Day Holiday.

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