According to a release on the District's website, Nacogdoches ISD's Emeline Carpenter Elementary School will transition to online learning beginning Thursday, Dec. 10, because a number of campus staff are absent due to COVID-19-related quarantines.

The closure affects only Emeline Carpenter; all other NISD campuses will remain open for face-to-face instruction.

The campus will remain closed to students through Friday, Dec. 18, which will mark the start of the school's Christmas break.  Classes are expected to return to normal and face to face at Carpenter on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Curbside meal pickup will be available for students enrolled in Carpenter. On Thursday and Friday, those meals will be available at McMichael Middle School. Beginning Monday, Dec. 14, Carpenter parents can go to the Carpenter campus to receive meals. Pickup time for meals at both locations will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“First and foremost, we’re closing the campus for the protection of our students and staff,” Trujillo said. “Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of everyone at Carpenter and everyone in the district.

The campus will undergo an extensive deep-cleaning on Thursday and Friday of this week.

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The number of active cases of COVID-19 among staff is relatively low, Trujillo said, around 6 percent. But more have been quarantined because of exposure to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are currently no students at Carpenter with active cases, although some are quarantined because of exposure at school or elsewhere.

Districtwide, there are 31 active cases as of Wednesday, or roughly one-half of one percent of NISD’s total enrollment.


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