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SSISD COVID-19 Snapshot

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As of Monday, Nov. 9, Lamar Primary had a 1.21 active COVID-19 case percentage, the highest campus positivity percentage among all Sulphur Springs ISD campuses at the moment, according to the SSISD COVID-19 snapshot Assistant Superintendent Josh Williams presented at SSISD trustees at their regular meeting.

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That 1.21 percent includes four positive staff cases; while they have not tested positive for COVID-19, one staff member and 11 students from Lamar were in quarantine Monday either due to symptoms or a high risk exposure. Lamar Primary has had no COVID-19 cases in October, but has had cumulatively since school started 1 student for COVID-19 and six staff members who tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019.

Last month, Barbara Bush Primary had a 1.07 COVID-19 percentage, making it the campus with the highest October COVID-19 positive case percentage. Currently, Bush has only 1 positive student case and 1 positive staff case of COVID-19, giving the campus a 0.53 percent COVID-19 positivity rate; the campus also had 22 students and 2 staff members in quarantine on Nov. 9. Cumulatively, this campus had had 11 positive staff cases, the most of any campus, and 1 positive student case, according to the SSISD data.

The campus with the second highest positivity rate, the number of positive cases compared to the number of enrolled students and staff on the campus, is Douglass Early Childhood Learning Center. The campus had one active student case and 1 active staff case of COVID-19, for a 0.76 active case percentage as of the printing of the Nov. 9 SSISD COVID-19 snapshot. That’s up from only 0.38 percent in October. Douglass on Monday also had 30 students who were in quarantine and four staff members in quarantine. Cumulatively, Douglas has had two students and four staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of school.

Bowie Primary, Travis Primary and Austin Academic Center were had no active COVID-19 cases on Nov. 9. None of the campuses had a positivity rate in October either. That does not, however, mean that the campuses haven’t had anyone test positive for COVID-19, nor does it mean there aren’t kids or employees quarantining.

Bowie Primary on Nov. 9 had 18 students and 4 staff members who were in quarantine. The campus, cumulatively, has had 1 staff members and 4 students who have tested COVID-19 positive since school began on Sept. 1.

Travis Primary has 7 students in quarantine on Nov. 9. Cumulatively, the campus has had 1 student who tested positive for COVID-19.

Austin Academic Center has had no students test positive for COVID-19, but one staff member has. Also, one student and one staff member at AAC were in quarantine on Nov. 9.

Sulphur Springs Elementary had a positivity rate of 0.43 percent on Nov. 9, due to 3 active staff cases on the campus. SSES had 22 students 1 staff member who were in quarantine on Nov. 9. Cumulatively, the elementary campus has had 1 student and 7 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since school started.

Sulphur Springs High School has had 48 cumulative students who have tested positive for COVID-19 since school started, the most of any campus. The positivity rate for SSHS on Nov. 9 was only 0.21 percent, which is 0.07 percent less than in October. SSHS, which is the campus with the largest student and staff population, had 3 students out due to positive test results and 23 students who our out on quarantine as of the printing of the SSISD COVID-19 snapshot on Nov. 9. SSHS has cumulatively had 8 staff members who have tested positive since Sept. 1.

Middle School on Nov. 9 had 71 students in quarantine, the most reported for any campus as of the printing of the SSISD COVID-91 snapshot on Nov. 9. Four staff members were also in quarantine. Two students and 1 staff member were out due to positive COVID-19 tests, giving SSMS a 0.27 percent positivity rate on Nov. 9; that’s the same positivity rate reported for October. Middle School has cumulatively had 13 students and 8 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 1.

Across all other locations in the district, including maintenance, transportation and administration departments, nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, including one active case. One additional district employ was reported to be in quarantine on Nov. 9, 2020.

District wide, that makes 74 students and 55 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 1. As of Nov. 9, there were seven active student cases and 11 active staff case, with 205 students and 18 staff members quarantining.

Williams said he is proud of the principals and nurses, who have been flexible and resourceful in meeting the very different needs of each of the students who have tested positive or had to be away from campus due to quarantine.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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