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Seven Lakes High School to temporarily halt in-person classes after 40+ COVID-19 cases on campus

KATY, Texas – Seven Lakes High School will be temporarily closed Friday after at least 43 students tested positive for COVID-19, according to Katy ISD. Students and staff will report back for in-person learning on Nov. 3.

During the campus closure, in-person students will be provided intermittent at-home virtual learning. All extracurricular and student programs will also be canceled, according to the district’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.

District officials said any staff or students determined to have been directly exposed will be notified.

A statement provided to KPRC 2 from Katy ISD said in part:

“The campus’ active cases largely pertain to the close contact that occurred within an athletic and fine arts program.”

The statement added that following the notification of any COVID-19 positive report, the Emergency Management team will thoroughly investigate, conduct contact-tracing and begin implementing additional protocols to mitigate spread.

The principal of Seven Lakes High School sent home a letter to parents which said in part:

“Thru contact tracing many positives be linked back to medium to large scale gatherings involving our students. These gatherings include off-campus weekend parties where social distancing and mask-wearing has not occurred.”

The district is also reporting that two staff members have active cases of COVID-19.

According to campus condition stages, the school will not close until confirmed cases exceed 10% of current facility occupancy.