After a rise in cases in the beginning of November, Lamar Consolidated ISD is beginning to see some stability in the number of active COVID-19 cases.
Entering the Thanksgiving break, LCISD reported 94 active positive cases of the coronavirus, with 59 student cases and 35 staff cases. Last week, the district reported 91 cases.
Most of the student cases are among high schoolers, with 26 of the 59 total student cases coming from the high schools. Foster High School continues to have the most student cases in LCISD with eight, along with three staff cases.
George Ranch High School has seven student cases, with Terry High School with five cases and Fulshear High at four.
Seventeen student cases are at district elementary schools, with 10 at junior high schools and six at middle schools.
There are 35 staff cases of the coronavirus, with four of them coming from the transportation station in Rosenberg and four more at Adolphus Elementary School.
The district also reported an unconfirmed death by a staff member over the summer to COVID, saying that the family reported the death by COVID, but didn’t follow back to the district to confirm it. That is the lone confirmed death in the district.
At its monthly board meeting, the district reported that 66% of the total student population is receiving on-campus instruction, a total of 24,234 students. The other third of the population is getting virtual learning, a number of 12,354 students.
LCISD Chief of Staff Dr. Mike Rockwood said that the district has seen a 25% increase of students opting for in-person education since August.
LCISD chief academic officer Dr. Terri Mossige said that she believes the increase is due to students who were struggling in digital education seeing more success in on-campus learning.
“We feel we are providing quality education for both groups at this time,” Mossige said. “Now there have been struggles across the state and the area regarding virtual learners, and we have been looking at the data very closely and working with campuses and the community, along with communicating with parents.”
Rockwood also said that the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services are making periodic visits to schools to ensure safety protocols and guidelines are being used and adhered to.
“In fact, earlier this month, (FBC HHS) came out to Foster High School for a visit, and they were quite complementary of our student spacing at lunch and the separation of students in the hallways,” Rockwood told the board. “They even asked us if we would be interested in sharing that practice to some school districts in the area.”
The district has spent over $4.5 million for laptops that they plan to get reimbursed for through the CARES Act, and an estimated $8.5 million in personal protective equipment for students, teachers and staff.