Thrall ISD middle school employee tests positive for COVID-19

Williamson County

THRALL, Texas (KXAN) — Just one week after reopening for classes, an employee of Thrall Middle School, located in Williamson County, has tested positive for COVID-19, the district confirmed on Tuesday.

The district, which was one of the first in central Texas, started in-person classes on Aug. 10 at 75% capacity with staggered weekday schedules.

Thrall ISD Superintendent Tommy Hooker confirmed to KXAN Tuesday that an employee tested positive for the disease on Monday.

The district says, however, the employee has been quarantined and has not been on campus since last week.

“I know that they’re taking all the precautions that they need to, they are trying very hard to make sure that all the kids are protected, so no, we’re not the least bit worried about that,” said Thrall ISD grandparent Tracey Urbanek. “You know, if it came to it, they’ve already said that they will shut it down and go completely remote–if it came to it.”

Last week, Hooker told KXAN the district realizes returning for in-person classes was a “huge risk,” but the district felt it would be able to work on prevention.

Additionally, Hooker said the district will reevaluate its system three weeks in to decide if they need any changes or are ready to phase in more students. 

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