Northwest ISD closes all schools due to rapid COVID-19 spread, staff shortages

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All Northwest ISD schools and buildings will be closed Jan. 14 and 18. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)

All Northwest ISD schools and buildings will be closed Jan. 14 and 18. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren announced in an email Jan. 13 that the district is closing all schools and buildings Jan. 14 and 18.

The announcement comes as Warren wrote that the district had a total of 1,155 total positive COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 12—an 878% increase in positive COVID-19 cases since Christmas break. The district also has 479 campus staff members who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are taking care of a family member who is ill with COVID-19.

“We are being informed by many medical experts from our area health departments that the omicron variant is providing less severe symptoms for many of us who have tested positive, but the issue is that positive tests still bring the requirement of quarantining, and we cannot assure our schools are being successfully run day to day with so many campus-level staff out,” Warren wrote.

The days off are not remote learning days, Warren wrote. However, the two days off will not impact the instructional calendar as the district is using them as inclement weather days.

All schools and buildings will reopen and resume normal operations Jan. 19.


“To all of our stakeholders—I am sorry we are having to do this, but we have to break the cycle of positive tests,” Warren wrote.
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.