Baird ISD closes due to COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus

CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Classes are cancelled for the next week at Baird ISD due to absences related to COVID-19.

School officials decided to cancel classes effective September 1st through September 9th in an attempt to combat the outbreak.

“Classes will resume on Thursday, September 9th with buses running at normal times,” a social media posts explains.

All extra-curricular activities during that time, including Friday’s varsity football game, have been canceled.

Read full information on Baird ISD’s closure below:

Due to a sharp increase in the number of COVID-related absences among our students and employees this week, all Baird ISD campuses will be closed for the remainder of the week, beginning on Wednesday, September 1st.  Classes will resume on Thursday, September 9th with buses running at normal times. 

We will continue district operations today as scheduled and buses will run at the usual time.  After school activities and programs scheduled for today will be allowed to continue as scheduled

  • Baird Elementary after-school program.  The program will operate as planned today but will be closed tomorrow and will resume on Thursday, September 8. 
  • Athletic and extracurricular activities.  All team practices and competitions will be suspended beginning tomorrow.  Individual students who are not under quarantine and symptom free may use district facilities for individual workouts and practice during the closure.  Activities will resume at noon on Wednesday, September 8th.  Games scheduled for this week will be cancelled, but competitions next week will take place as scheduled.  Please contact your child’s coach or sponsor for additional information or if you have questions.
  • Student meals.  The BISD cafeteria will be providing meals to our students during the closure.  If you wish to have a meal delivered, please contact our food services director, Tiffany Voigts, at tvoigts@bairdisd.org or by phone at 325-854-1400 ext. 322.
  • Dual credit college courses.  Students enrolled in dual credit college courses should keep up with assignments and coursework using the Cisco College Canvas system.

The district leadership team will be reviewing the calendar to determine how the missed days will be made up and will post an updated calendar next week.

We had sincerely hoped to avoid any school closures this week, but we believe that the current situation presents an unacceptable risk to our students and staff.  We are fully committed to ensuring the health and safety of everyone in the Bear family, and we believe that a temporary closure at this time is the best way to achieve that and will allow us to resume classes in a week in a safer and more normal manner.

There have been 27 new COVID-19 cases reported in Callahan County over the last 14 days.

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