V.I.S.D. updates Covid-19 safety measures

Covid-19 positive student and staff case numbers reach higher than 667
V.I.S.D. updates Covid-19 safety measures

V.I.S.D. updates Covid-19 safety measures

VICTORIA, Texas – Due to the drastic increase in Covid-19 cases in Victoria I.S.D., the school district has updated their safety measures for students and staff.

In the past eight days, V.I.S.D. has had over 667 confirmed positive Covid-19 student and staff cases.

During the 2021-2022 school year, the school district reached 541 positive Covid-19 student cases in eight days. This number surpasses the total number of positive student cases in the last academic year of 2020-2021.

V.I.S.D. totaled 126 staff positive Covid-19 cases for the month of August 2021. During the 2020-2021 academic school year, staff totaled 251 positive Covid-19 cases.

This huge increase in positive Covid-19 student cases in such a short period of time has led to Victoria I.S.D. implementing additional safety measures. These measures for students and staff fit within the guidelines set forth by Governor Greg Abbott’s May Executive Order and TEA. The school district will continue to monitor attendance rates and staff availability daily.

By implementing these additional safety measures, V.I.S.D. is contributing safety barriers while continuing to follow Governor Abbott’s executive order and TEA guidance.

Additional Safety Measures

In addition to the Covid-19 Update for 2021-2022 School Year shared on Aug. 13, 2021, the following safety measures are available at www.visd.net/o/covid :

  • Campuses may begin utilizing partitions during lunch periods.
  • V.I.S.D. campuses may begin restricting visitors.
  • Campuses may begin postponing non-essential events where there will be large gatherings of people.
  • Campuses may encourage large-group meetings of students to occur outside whenever possible.
  • Athletics may begin to use the attendance and social distancing protocol established by UIL in 2020-2021 for indoor sports.

Victoria I.S.D. encourages staff, teachers and students to continue following CDC guidelines including mask-wearing. According to guidance from the CDC, wearing a mask and receiving a vaccine are shown to be effective mitigation tools for Covid-19.