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Leander ISD moving some classrooms to remote learning amid COVID surge

District leaders are also closely monitoring middle schools.

LEANDER, Texas — Leander ISD has decided to move several classrooms to remote learning due to rising COVID-19 cases within the district.

The district made the announcement at its board meeting Thursday night, saying that, so far, these changes were only happening at the elementary level.

School leaders said they have not yet identified any major clusters at the high school level. However, they said the district was "very close" to having to make changes in middle schools, and a decision could be made within the next two days.

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By Friday evening, the district said the entire sixth grade would have to move to remote instruction at both Canyon Ridge Middle School and Wiley Middle School

This comes after the Williamson County and Cities Health District on Tuesday recommended that LISD close entirely for several days in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campuses. 

The medical director also recommended the following: 

  • Universal masking policy that limits op outs to only those with medical exemption
  • Robust contact tracing on your campuses
  • Required quarantine for at least 7 days (preferably 10-14 days) for identified close contacts
  • Virtual options for your students who are unable to be vaccinated

On Monday, LISD announced that indoor extracurricular events will be limited to 50% capacity, a restriction that will remain in effect while the district is in the "red stage." Masks are also required at indoor LISD events.

As of Aug. 27, a total of 334 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported within the district. The 7-day average of daily positive cases stands at 39.71.

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