Mineral Wells High School will be closed and go to full remote learning starting Tuesday because of a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to the district. Classes are scheduled as normal today.
"Mineral Wells High School has reported 20 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and students," according to the district. "Active case totals reflect on-campus and virtual instruction regardless of whether the staff member or student was on campus during the infectious period. Those who have tested positive cannot return to campus until the required quarantine period is completed and a letter of good health from a physician's office is submitted."
Students will go to full remote learning while the campus facilities are deep cleaned.
“This shift to remote instruction will allow MWISD the opportunity to deep clean the entire campus and allow our students the opportunity to isolate themselves from those asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19,” according to a release from the district. “Teachers and staff will continue to report to work and be here to assist students with their online coursework.”
According to the district, students will return to campus on Sept. 28.
MWISD Athletic Director Gerald Perry confirmed that high school football, cross-country, golf, team tennis, fall basketball and fall baseball games have been postponed. A decision about volleyball has not been made yet.
Both MWHS district volleyball games that were scheduled for this week have been postponed and will be rescheduled, according to the district. The Lady Rams were set to play in the first district home opener against Vernon Tuesday night and Iowa Park on Friday.
The National Honor Society inductions scheduled for Monday night has also been postponed.
James Bradford, head of MWISD's maintenance department, said all sites will be disinfected prior to anyone returning to school.
"Special attention will be paid to: doorknobs, computers, workstations, printers, athletic facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, cafeterias, lockers, common touch surface areas, computer screens, keyboards and touch screens," Bradford said. "Disinfection and sanitization by MWISD staff and employees of the custodial contractor (Faulk Co.) will be increased to reduce the risk of infection spread. In addition, the Faulk Company will incorporate disinfectant foggers/misters with the treatment."