IRAAN, Texas (Nexstar)- Leaders at Iraan-Sheffield ISD made the decision Monday to quarantine district-wide for two weeks amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the community.
In a statement sent to students, parents, and staff, the district said, “Our ISISD Leadership Team has made the determination that we will need to quarantine for the next two weeks. This decision was made to ensure the safety of our students and staff, as well as make certain that we have appropriate staff available for each campus. We are currently working with the ISISD team and TEA on alternative plans, if appropriate. If we are able to return sooner or provide additional at home support, that information will be forthcoming. However, at this time, we will not have virtual or remote learning.”
Schools will close August 17 and will reopen August 30.
The district says is asking students and staff to quarantine inside their homes, saying, “Please ensure that students are truly taking this opportunity to quarantine. This means that students and staff will quarantine only with immediate family. They should not be out and about in the community or hanging out with friends. The only way this works is if everyone does their part.”
Braves football coach Barry Bowman said in a statement to players, “Over the next two weeks, it is important to not come together and continue the spread. Take this time to heal up and prepare for our season.”
This announcement comes as Medical Center Hospital says it is seeing an increase in requests for beds from surrounding communities.
“Our friends in Iraan, it almost seems like the entire town of Iraan has COVID right now. They’ve got a lot of sick folks down there,” said MCH CEO Russell Tippin.