Copperas Cove ISD to see increase in on-campus learners starting Tuesday

Six student, three staff test-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases during first six weeks

By LYNETTE SOWELL 

Cove Leader-Press 

 

On Tuesday the second six weeks of school for Copperas Cove Independent School District will begin, with on-campus learner numbers to increase. 

During the first six weeks, a total of 4,766 were learning on campus and 3,213 were virtual, at-home students. 

Families were given until September 16 to commit to a change from either on-campus or virtual studies for the second six weeks.

With Monday being a professional development day, students start back for the second six weeks on Tuesday, and 782 virtual learners will head to CCISD campuses. However, 65 are switching to at-home learning. 

The new influx of on-campus learners will bring the total number to 5,483, with the virtual learners numbering 2,496, for a total of 7,979 students in the district. 

Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year on Aug. 18, there have been a total of nine* test-confirmed cases among district students and staff as of Wednesday, according to Wendy Sledd, CCISD’s Director of Communications.

Of those cases, six are students and three are district staff. The staff members work at Clements-Parsons Elementary, Williams-Ledger Elementary, and Copperas Cove Junior High School. 

Student cases numbered two at Copperas Cove High School, two at House Creek Elementary, and two at Williams-Ledger Elementary. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, CCISD’s active case reporting page listed only three active cases, one student and one staff member at Williams-Ledger Elementary, and one staff member at Clements-Parsons Elementary. The reporting page was last updated on Thursday, Sept. 17, for the most recent active cases. The district only updates the page when there are new, active cases, or when active cases are recovered and are removed from the list.

The district requires staff to report self-screening by 7 a.m. daily, and students are required to self-screen and report every Monday. 

*Editor's Note: The print version of this article that published on Fri. Sept. 25, went to press prior to the district's most recent update on Friday morning, Sept. 25. An additional active case was added on Friday, a student at Williams-Ledger Elementary, bringing the active case count to 4, with an overall cas total of 10 during the first six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.

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