LEAGUE CITY, Texas — A Clear Creek ISD kindergartner who tested positive for COVID-19 was sent home Monday, as in-person classes got underway.
The district says the family informed them the student had contact with person with COVID-19 and was tested before going to campus. The child was placed in isolation and then sent home.
The district sent a letter home, saying that the Ross Elementary kindergartner tested positive. Ross is now operating in “Stage 4” of the district’s coronavirus response plan.
Statement from Clear Creek ISD
"The student was on campus yesterday for a short time before being sent home. With CCISD protocols in place, ie: mask coverings and social distancing, there were no close contacts which means this is not a need for concern. The school was cleaned in accordance with guidelines.
School is resuming as normal today. We ask parents to keep their children home if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19.
With 42,000 students and 5,000 employees, Clear Creek ISD currently has two active cases of COVID-19 across its 45 schools. We will continue to monitor and communicate as needed."
The second case mentioned by the district is a staff member at Greene Elementary, the district's stats page shows.
As part of Stage 4 at Ross Elementary, those who came in contact with the student will be notified and told to quarantine for 14 day. The affected area will be closed for a deep cleaning. The district is also asking students and staff to self-monitor their health and stay if ill.
The district’s Stage 4 plan also calls for the school to be closed for three days, if necessary.
In August, it was reported that children with no COVID-19 symptoms may be more contagious than sick adults, a study found.
Even those with mild or no symptoms - can have a significantly higher level of the virus in their airways than adult COVID-19 patients in intensive care. That high viral load can increase the risk of transmitting the virus to others, the authors say. Read more.
Conroe ISD also reporting cases
Conroe ISD is also reporting cases of COVID-19. The district is keeping a dashboard of cases online.