A case of COVID-19 was found at Granger ISD last week, which led to a more modified start this week.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Granger ISD sent a letter to parents letting them know that the district had been notified that a cafeteria worker had recently tested positive for the disease.
“District contact tracing protocol was followed,” said Superintendent Randy Willis, “and individuals who met CDC and Williamson County and Cities Health District COVID exposure criteria have been notified and will be quarantined effective immediately.”
According to the district, it was determined that anyone who might’ve been exposed to the staff member would exit an incubation period Sept. 26.
“Granger ISD cafeteria food preparation closely follows FDA and CDC safety guidelines, which includes the use of masks, gloves, and plexiglass shields while preparing, handling and distributing food,” said Willis. “According to Williamson County and Cities Health District, there is no immediate concern of COVID-19 spread through the food services provided.”
The district utilized its phase reopening model and moved into Stage 3. No classes were held in person or remotely Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14-15.
“This will allow for deep sanitization of all Granger ISD facilities,” said Willis. “This time will also be utilized for food operation planning while the affected cafeteria employees are quarantined.”
Classes were set to resume Wednesday morning.
“District employees are being instructed to continue to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations and to practice social distancing,” said Willis. “Granger ISD is monitoring the situation closely and will provide additional information as needed.”
Up until last week, Granger was at Stage 1 of its reopening plan. Neither staff nor students had any positive cases of the coronavirus.
“We believe that the reasons for not having cases are due to our wonderful parents continuing to be vigilant, our amazing students practicing social distancing, wearing face masks and hand hygiene, and our incredible staff handling all the new protocols and procedures,” said Willis, “including cleaning and disinfecting that have helped us reduce the spread of germs.”