Krum Middle and High Schools Move Online Monday After Positive COVID-19 Tests; Uncertain On Return Date

The district wanted to close for two weeks, but state guidelines don't allow that.

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Krum Middle School and Krum High School switched to remote learning Monday after several positive coronavirus tests, the district said.

Monday afternoon, the district said both schools would continue remote learning through Sept. 25. However, Texas Education Agency guidelines say schools are not allowed to close for longer than five consecutive days after COVID cases.

Taylor Poston, a spokeswoman for the district, said the school stands by the decision to close for two weeks for now and would work with TEA to see if they could get a waiver from the rules.

The TEA told NBC 5 waivers don't apply in this circumstance.

It's possible school may start sooner after both organizations meet.

In a letter to parents Sunday, the district said the move to remote learning would allow it to complete contact tracing as well as clean each campus. NBC 5 was told Monday the tracing widened the circle, causing the two-week closure, which included canceling football games and rescheduling the district's homecoming game.

The letter included instructions for students and parents about how to access their Google Classrooms.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported Friday that one district employee and one cheerleader tested positive for COVID-19.

Krum ISD interim Superintendent Mike Davis told the Denton Record-Chronicle the district was made aware of the first two confirmed cases on Thursday and that the entire cheerleading team was self-isolating.

Community ISD in Collin County closed its middle school last week after eight students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

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