Keller ISD closes two schools due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19

Keller ISD Board of Trustees meeting room
Bear Creek Intermediate School and North Riverside Elementary School will be closed Jan. 14. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

Bear Creek Intermediate School and North Riverside Elementary School will be closed Jan. 14. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

Keller ISD announced that it will be closing two schools—Bear Creek Intermediate School and North Riverside Elementary School—on Jan. 14.

According to the announcement, the closures are due to “staffing challenges caused by the current surge of positive COVID-19 cases.” Neither school has the staffing to continue normal operations, the district stated.


The Jan. 14 closure precedes Jan. 17—Martin Luther King Jr. Day—which is a districtwide holiday. Bear Creek in Keller and North Riverside in Fort Worth will not have to make up the Jan. 14 closure since it’s accounted for in the school calendar, the announcement stated.

Both schools are expected to reopen for in-person school on Jan. 18, but the district will monitor data and work with Keller ISD Health Services and district administrators “to determine if an extension is necessary after that date.”

“We will also be monitoring staffing at other campuses and will communicate should any additional closures be needed,” the district wrote in the announcement.
By Bailey Lewis
Bailey Lewis covers the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake, as well as Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth. In December 2020, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, she worked and interned for various publications, such as Local Profile, the OU Daily, the Malheur Enterprise and News21. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching documentaries.