Irving, Grand Prairie – The Dallas County Public Health Committee(DCPHC) moved its COVID-19 threat level up to the highest level, RED,on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
The county had been at threat level ORANGE since October of 2021, but a significant increase in cases of the Omicron variant from Dec. 23 (874 cases) to Dec. 28 (1,619 new positive cases) promoted the committee to reassess the threat.
But even with the heightened threat level, many local school districts are continuing with in-person classes with all of their current COVID protections in place.
Sam Buchmeyer of Grand Prairie ISD said his district will retain its current COVID protocols.
“At this time, GPISD has no plans to alter our current protocols,” Buchmeyer said. “We will continue to strongly encourage masks, social distance where possible, wash hands frequently, and make hand sanitizer available. We will also encourage parents not to send children to school if they are ill.”
Irving ISD resumed in-person classes on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and issued the following statement:
“Irving ISD will continue with its current safety protocols as they have helped keep the number of positive cases down across the district. These protocols include highly encouraging the wearing of masks and frequent hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting classrooms and high-touch surfaces, practicing social distancing to the extent possible and encouraging students and staff to get tested when displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
“By working together, we can reduce the spread and keep students in classrooms.To this end, we ask that you remain vigilant in practicing safety measures at school and home.We ask that you please report all positive test results to your campus nurse and remain at home until further guidance is provided.
“Campus nurses are also available to administer COVID-19 tests if your child is displaying symptoms. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this free service if you believe your child has come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms.”
Coppell ISD’s current COVID procedures are located on the district website.
The DCPHC is encouraging everyone to limit social gatherings, wear a mask in public places regardless of vaccination status, and get vaccinated or boosted if you are able to.