Three students from Meyer Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter to parents sent on Monday.
The letter was sent to parents of students who could have been in “close contact with the individuals who tested positive.”
Lamar Consolidated ISD school asked those parents to quarantine their children and that the students will not be allowed to return to campus until Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Also, a letter was sent to Foster High School parents on Monday stating a student has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
The letter said that the student was on campus “for a limit amount of time” last week and asking students who were in close contact with the COVID-positive student to quarantine.
These are apparently the first reports of new coronavirus cases at LCISD since school opened last week.
Almost 16,000 students returned to campuses last Monday, which is 45% of the overall student population.
The other 55% elected for remote learning.
The district also reported that three classrooms at Meyer Elementary were being cleaned and disinfected, but the school remains open.
Calls to LCISD for more information went unreturned.
According to a new directive from the Texas Education Agency, all schools in the state are now required to report any positive cases to the TEA.
Also, school districts have to file weekly reports on new coronavirus cases to the TEA and the Texas Department of State Health Services beginning Sept. 8.
Cases include students, teachers and staff who have contracted the virus.
Whether the information will be open to the public has yet to be announced. It is also unclear whether the data will be shared with local health officials.
A spokesperson for the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department said that it would also report data from local school districts if it were made available.
However, at this time, the health department is not being notified of new coronavirus cases at LCISD, Rita Obey told The Herald.
“If schools are no longer required to report COVID-19 cases to their local health departments, it will directly impact our ability to investigate and report current cases in a timely fashion, which may allow increased community spread of COVID-19,” Obey explained.