Elementary student is first positive

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Brasher touts safety precautions by staff, students in first week

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Fredericksburg Independent School District has its first case of COVID-19 since school began last week, Supt. Dr. Jeffrey Brasher confirmed.

The positive test occurred in a student at Fredericksburg Elementary School. The child is doing well and is isolating at home, Brasher said.

After contact tracing, Brasher said the school has sent 40 students and two teachers home to quarantine for 14 days. Brasher added none of these people have shown signs of COVID-19.

District administration sent a notification to campus participants, as well as the parents.

Brasher said if 2% of a campus’ population tests positive for COVID-19, the school would close. However, Brasher said he would call a special board meeting to evaluate the situation if a campus got close to that threshold.

Overall, Brasher said school has been going well since it began on Aug. 24.

“Our teachers, administration and staff have worked extremely hard in implementing our COVID-19 Guidance Plan,” Brasher said. “They’ve continued to provide a high quality of education, while also continuing safety protocols.”

All in-person students, teachers and staff are required to wear masks at FES, according to the campus’ Reopening Plan. Everyone is encouraged to keep at least six feet of space between others and 12 feet between cohort groups when possible.

Students and staff are expected to wash hands regularly. Students are being instructed on effective handwashing.