Lamar Consolidated ISD has reported 17 cases of COVID-19 among its students and staff, according to a district spokesperson.

Since schools in the district opened on Aug. 24 with preventive guidelines, 10 employees and seven students have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, including employees from Arredondo Elementary, Meyer Elementary, Lamar Junior High, Wessendorff Middle School and other district administrative facilities.

Meanwhile, 10 students have tested positive, including three students from Meyer Elementary, and one student each from Beasley Elementary, George Junior High, Leaman Junior High, Wessendorff Middle School, Foster High School, George Ranch High School and Terry High School.

All 17 cases have also been reported to the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department and added to their case count, the spokesperson said.

The district is also working on creating an online dashboard to show how many coronavirus cases the district has, but the timetable for when it will launch is still up in the air, the spokesperson said.

With only 45% of the total student population electing to go to school for face-to-face education, LCISD has put guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

LCISD is one of four school districts in Fort Bend County that opened schools as the coronavirus pandemic continued. Needville ISD opened the same time as LCISD did, and the district has reported four cases of students testing positive for COVID-19.

A second student at Needville High School was identified on Wednesday. The district sent a letter to parents that said that it identified all of those who were in “close contact” with the student and “have taken the appropriate actions to remove those potential risks for further spread.”

NISD has also reported a student at Needville Elementary School tested positive last Sunday, and a student at Needville High and another at Needville Junior High tested positive last week.

Katy ISD opened schools this week, and the district is reporting 59 cases of the coronavirus, with 23 of them from staff members and 27 students who elected to return to schools.

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