School Starts 4

At the new Pat Carney Elementary School on Monday, the first day of school, third-grader Angie Ramos draws a picture to illustrate what she did over the summer. The district opened four new schools this year.

The Killeen Independent School District reported 327 active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff Wednesday, a 49% increase in positive cases since Monday, according to the district’s online dashboard.

All but two Killeen ISD campuses — Maxdale and Peebles elementary schools — have active cases of COVID-19, according to KISD dashboard data last updated Wednesday at 8:31 a.m.

There are reportedly 258 students and 69 staff members infected with COVID-19, according to the district’s data.

Fifty-nine percent of KISD’s active COVID-19 cases are among elementary school students and staff, according to the dashboard.

At the elementary level, 148 students and 46 employees have reported positive COVID-19 cases.

Wednesday’s COVID case count equates to about 0.66% of the district’s total population — the district has over 40,000 students and 6,800 employees.

To see individual campus data, view the district’s online COVID-19 tracker at killeenisd.org/dashboard. The dashboard includes data KISD has collected since school started Aug. 16.

Killeen High School has 29 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, the highest of any high school in the district, according to the dashboard.

Willow Springs Elementary has 31 active COVID-19 cases, the highest of any school in the district. About 3.52% of Willow Springs Elementary students and staff have tested positive for the virus.

If a Killeen ISD campus reaches 5% COVID positivity rate, according to district protocol, an investigation would take place to determine whether the school campus should close to prevent further communal spread.

Killeen High, Willow Springs Elementary and Saegert Elementary schools account for a quarter of all KISD’s active COVID-19 cases.

Between March 2020 and June 1 of this year, KISD recorded more than 1,800 cases of COVID-19.

The district’s newly redesigned COVID-19 dashboard, released Thursday, no longer includes the running total of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in 2020.

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The_True

Sadly this is not going to stop, there are teachers who placed boxes of pencils, erasers, crayons among other items to share among all the students. They also reuse the papers that students used in their class for other students to draw later. In addition, we suspect that they are drinking water from the same water source because the children came to drink water from the sinks of the houses and with their water bottles without using them for several days. So this is not going to be minimized in schools. In general terms: above they are more concerned with what gives them money through education: attendance to classes, agendas, photos and other sales or promotions than the health of the entire educational community. Remember without students you have no business. Separate topic: The adult dress code is urgent in and out of school; It is not correct to see employees in mini skirts, much less visitors in swimsuits or wearing only sports bras. I saw one with leggings and a bra stopping inside the school to let a man pass from whom she was harassed. Each outfit has its place, if you did it well, you didn't get scared. If you went to the gym, it is better to wear a T-shirt, at least when taking your child to school. The first day they were like 5, and today even employees have been infected with the fashion horror. They are still on time.

LogicalFallacy

.7% ......

Stop making the numbers look outlandish.

That is out of 47000 person's

As for those about to exude the "mask mandate", and it's abilities to "stop the spread".

First, NOBODY said your child could not wear a mask...NOBODY. It your choice as a parent to put that mask on YOUR child.

Second, you are more likely to contract COVID-19 from the plethora of times a child touches their face.

Third, in what world would you ever allow a stranger to force your child to do something???

Finally, Israel is 100% vaccinated right now. THE ONLY COUNTRY...

They just posted 16000 new COVID-19 infections. "Not Variants"

Stop the fear mongering.

Love Our Planet

I'm guessing we are waiting for people to die before we rethink this ridiculous reluctance to wearing a mask!

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