Fredericksburg ISD moves all middle school students online Thursday

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FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — All students at Fredericksburg Middle School are learning virtually starting Thursday until Nov. 18.

In a message posted to the school district’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Fredericksburg Independent School District superintendent Jeffrey Brasher wrote the middle school had met the district’s 2% threshold for COVID-19 cases.

He said crews will deep clean campus during the closure so that students can come back next week.

“Oh, gosh, we had to change some things around,” said Kayla Hayes, a parent of four students—one at Fredericksburg Middle School.

Hayes spoke with KXAN on her way to pick up her youngest child from therapy Thursday, a little later than usual because of the unexpected learning switch for her middle schooler.

“We had to change times, so she could do—my little one could go later, so my older one could try to get her stuff in in the morning,” Hayes explained.

She says she’s upset with the decision to close campus and wishes there was a better way to prevent the spread.

“I think there could be more done I guess better but I don’t have the answer to that,” she said.

The district’s COVID-19 dashboard shows 13 positive cases at the middle school right now and 48 exposures. Fredericksburg High shows 16 current COVID-19 cases and 68 exposures, but that campus has not yet been shut down.

Source: Fredericksburg ISD

Now, Hayes worries one week of virtual learning may turn into more.

“I just go off of what I saw last year, and it makes me really nervous,” she said.

Although she says she understands why the district shut down campus, she’s considering a change for the future.

“I would rather homeschool them the way that I want to do it instead of just always being out. Or like, ‘Oh, they’re going to go to school this week.’ ‘Oh no, you have to quarantine,” Hayes said.

She and other parents also wonder why students were allowed to go back to campus on Wednesday, after the school had already reached its case threshold.

“If it was something that was so serious, why did they wait a day and then everybody not go to school? It was just like, ‘that doesn’t make sense,'” Hayes said.

KXAN has reached out to the superintendent but has not yet received an answer.

Devices would be available for students who needed them on Thursday. Paper packets are also available for students who don’t have internet, middle school principal Sheryl Wallace posted. The school is also still providing free meals to students to-go.

Another school district moved classes online in a response to COVID-19 cases Thursday. Blanco ISD said they’ll go completely virtual until Nov. 30, following the district’s Thanksgiving break. In October, the district shifted to 100% in-person learning.

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