29 students, staff test positive for COVID-19 at Marble Falls elementary school

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MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) — The Marble Falls Independent School District in Burnet County is the latest Texas district to close a school because of positive COVID-19 cases in the community.

Marble Falls ISD announced Highland Lakes Elementary School will close for the rest of the week (Aug. 26-27) to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 after staff members tested positive for the virus.

In a Wednesday letter to the Marble Falls ISD community, Superintendent Chris Allen explained the decision was made along with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Burnet County Medical Authority and other local leaders.

In the district’s announcement, it said students would be provided with activities to do at home, but parents who live in nearby neighborhoods said their Thursday off was more like a field day.

“They haven’t really been doing much,” said Jania Manchu. “I was talking to my husband, and I said, ‘what’s going on now, it’s only been 3 days?’ It closed so soon.”

Another parent said she was making due with whatever coloring pages and books her 4-year-old could find around the house.

“I do work [Friday]. It does make it difficult to manage the work schedule, but you just got to figure it out,” said a Highland Lakes Elementary parent.

At Highland Lakes Elementary School, 29 students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. There’s a little more than 600 students that go to the school.

The closure will accommodate cleaning and other sanitary maintenance at the school.

Highland Lakes Elementary is expected to reopen Monday, Aug. 30. All other campuses are remaining open as scheduled.

Superintendent Allen urges the closure highlight the importance of wearing face masks, washing hands and socially distancing.

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