Bedford School Grade 3 Students and Teachers Return to Temporary Online Learning – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Friday was the first day third-graders and their teachers at a Bedford school turned to temporary online learning due to high cases of COVID-19.
In a notice sent to parents and published online, officials at Meadow Creek Elementary School announced they were getting a high number of positive test results for COVID-19 in grade three. Online learning began Friday for third graders and their teachers and will continue until Friday, September 3, with the exception of students in their FACI program.
“Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has also demanded that siblings in the same third-graders home be quarantined during the same period,” the notice reads.
Jonathan Rangel is the father of a fourth grader at Meadow Creek Elementary and although his class hasn’t had to return to online learning, he is considering home schooling.
“Honestly, I got pretty upset so I kept her at home, âRangel said. âIt’s just a matter of time. A lot of parents don’t know what the cut-off was for sending third graders to school online.
Members of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD board gathered in a meeting that extended well after midnight, hearing from students and parents who share their positions on a mask mandate.
A spokesperson for HEB ISD told NBC 5 that there are 97 third graders at Meadow Creek Elementary. The decision to move third-graders to a temporary virtual classroom was the first time the district had to take this kind of action in the new school year.
Classrooms and common areas will receive additional cleaning and disinfection before students return to the building. This includes using electrostatic sprayers with a disinfectant that meets or exceeds guidelines set by the CDC and approved by the EPA for use in treating COVID-19, according to the school’s advice.
Earlier this week, the HEB ISD school board voted against a Temporary Virtual Classroom (TVCO) option. The meeting included public comments on the mask warrants with strong opinions from people for the measure and those against, including a teacher.
âThe only real statistics we should be looking at in this district are our own. They are three, one and zero. Three suicides, one OD and zero COVID deaths in the 2021 school year, âhe said. âI understand that people are afraid of COVID. I understand that they are afraid of the possibility of their child getting sick, but it is still a fear of something that may or may not happen.
Another board meeting is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. The meeting will include discussions on mask options at HEB ISD and a decision is expected, a spokesperson said.