Because of an increase in positive testing results for COVID 19, the Clarksville ISD has decided to remain closed for the remainder of this week. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday, October 19. Superintendent Kermit Ward issued this statement to students, families, staff, and the entire community.
We have reached the tipping point in our district, where consideration of school closure would make more sense on so many fronts. As of today, I have gotten word that we have two more teachers who are now Coronavirus positive. That brings the total at Cheatham to 3 teachers who currently have a positive diagnosis. We faced quarantining a total of three whole grade levels at Cheatham today, and it gets to a point where trying to have school would lead to us having diminishing returns. Further, I received notification this morning that we now have a high school teacher with a positive diagnosis.
We will fold up, take the rest of the week, and start back up the school on Monday. The rationale is that if there are any staff and students where the virus is lying dormant, this gives us the time to see and learn if they show symptoms. Delaying this decision and trying to have school could easily lead to more extended disruptions. The most current research states that someone can be contagious 48 to 72 hours before any symptoms may occur, and the symptoms can appear 4 to 8 days after the initial exposure. Taking school out to the picture will give us ten consecutive days and open up a window that will allow us to determine if anything emerges with either teachers or students.
Unfortunately and seemingly predictable, this was homecoming week for CISD. A week, we could give back to our kids and restore some of the usual high school traditions. This, too, will be yet another thing that will fall casualty to the current times. The football game with Detroit for homecoming will indeed be canceled in the interest and pursuit of safety and health for all. We will try to re-insert homecoming during the basketball season. I have to pause and think about how much has been taken from both the seniors of last year and this year. This district will continue to be conscious of the frustrations of our youth.