Laredo school district sees rise in covid cases

Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 3:43 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - While this school year is looking like a return to normalcy; unfortunately, Covid-19 has not gone away.

Students have been in school for about two weeks now and districts are starting to see covid cases on the rise.

In the span of just three days, UISD has reported an increase of more than 200 positive cases.

UISD’s Health Services Director Irene Rosales cites the summer traveling as the reason for the increase.

While a mask mandate is no longer in place at schools, Rosales encourages students to wear one for their own protection.

Schools can even provide one if requested and while the district continues efforts to stop the spread of covid-19.

Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary School Principal Dr. Vela says the most important step to mitigate the situation is following the proper protocols.

“We encourage them to take them to the doctor if we see any symptoms. And we also encourage the parents to keep them home if their children have covid symptoms”, said Dr. Vela.

The district says the most common problem is that parents continue to take their kids to school even if they are sick.

“I’m really asking the parents to, please, if they see that their children are sick to leave them at home. Do not send them to school, and then we find out in the afternoon that the child was sick all day long”, said Rosales.

Principal Vela says schools are prepared; they just need cooperation from everyone to stay safe.

Dr. Vela says they have all the protocols in place to prevent covid from spreading and they do them on a daily basis.

Both Dr. Vela and Rosales say in order to have a successful school year, they should keep their guards up.

“If we don’t start doing something like really wearing your masks, we are going to see more cases increasing”, said Rosales.

UISD says in some cases remote conferencing is offered to sick students but there is a limit on days students are allowed to use.

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