GRISD extends junior high closure

Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter

GLEN ROSE — Glen Rose ISD Superintendent Dr. Trig Overbo has extended the closure of Glen Rose Junior High due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases at the school, he said in a letter to parents on Friday afternoon.

Overbo

In-person classes will resume Thursday, Sept. 9. Online learning will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no school district-wide on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

“We feel that this closure will mitigate the current outbreak and is the best course of action at this time,” he said.

Last Wednesday, the district announced that the junior high would close the remainder of the week and reopen on Tuesday, but Overbo and his staff found it prudent to close it for an additional two days.

“The number of current COVID cases at all campuses is fluid, and as we add new cases, we are also removing students returning from quarantine,” he said. “The Dashboard will be updated daily with changing numbers and is available to view at www.grisd.net.”

As of Aug. 24, there were only seven active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff on three Glen Rose ISD campuses. One week later, however, that number climbed to 42 with 37 new student cases at Glen Rose Junior High.

As of Thursday night, there are now 47 total cases, including 43 at GRJH with one staff member and 42 students. There are four cases at Glen Rose Elementary involving three students and one staff member, but there are no active cases at Glen Rose Intermediate, Glen Rose High School, district personnel or in transportation.

“We ask that parents are mindful of activities outside of school and avoid any situation or activity during this time that may put your child in danger of contracting the COVID-19 virus,” Overbo said.

For the year, there have been a total of 13 recovered student cases with four at GRHS and three each at GRES and GRJH, and three recovered staff cases with two at GRES and one at GRJH. There have been no staff cases at GRHS, with district personnel or transportation, or with any student at GRHS.

Overbo said breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided to junior high students daily from 11-1 p.m. at the bus loop behind the school across from Sticker Stadium.

Glen Rose ISD has also updated its COVID-19 protocols, and it can also be found at www.grisd.net.