Williamson County Schools closes 1 campus as COVID-19 cases rise among students, staff

Williamson County Schools had to close a campus this week due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County Schools had to close a campus this week due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Williamson County Schools had to close a campus this week due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

With the second full week of school at a close, Williamson County Schools is working to prevent further spread of COVID-19 on campuses.

The district has begun posting the number of positive cases among students and staff twice a week, and already the district has seen a rise in case numbers.

From Aug. 16 to Aug. 20, the district saw an additional 90 confirmed cases. Currently, 337 students and 76 staff members are in isolation with a confirmed positive case, according to WCS.

The spread has led to the closure of one campus in the district due to a lack of staff and students. In a letter to parents Aug. 20, WCS Communications Director Carol Birdsong said Fairview Middle School was closed for at least one day.

Because the district no longer has the ability granted by the state to switch from in-person to virtual learning, if too many students and staff are absent due to illness, the school will use one of 10 days typically allotted for inclement weather and will close.

To help prevent future closures, the district has announced it will implement additional mitigation strategies. Beginning Aug. 23, the district will no longer allow lunch visitors, the overall number of visitors on campus will be limited, and the number of school assemblies will be limited.

The district also has a mask requirement in place for students ands staff at the elementary school level, although students can opt out, per an order from Gov. Bill Lee.

See a full breakdown of WCS COVID-19 cases here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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