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Kingsville ISD closes 3 schools, Alice ISD closes all schools due to confirmed COVID-19 cases

Students are going back to virtual learning and schools are suspending athletics for now.

Two nearby school districts are closing their doors after several students have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Here is what we know. 

Kingsville ISD

In-person learning at three Kingsville ISD schools as well as the Middle School Athletic Program have been suspended after Superintendent Dr. Cecilia “Cissy” Reynolds-Perez said there has been a "spike in COVID positive cases in our district." 

  • Memorial Middle School: 3 cases
  • Harrel Elementary: 3 cases 
  • Gillett Intermediate: 1 case
  • HM King High School: 1 case (remote learning) 

Students from all schools except HM King will do remote learning while off-campus.

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Parents were sent a robocall informing them that they may pick up their students early today from Memorial, Gillett, Harrel. 

Students and staff from these three schools will return to campus on November 2, a note sent home to parents said.

As of this moment, Phase 3 Opening on October 26, will continue as planned at all other KISD campuses, Reynolds-Perez said.

All campuses will be sprayed and disinfected.

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Alice ISD

The Alice Independent School District is closing all schools and going back to virtual learning after several students tested positive for COVID-19, a letter to parents said. In-person instruction will be ending immediately through October 30. 

The letter said that several students attended a "large residential gathering on Oct. 17" that may have led to the exposures, according to contact tracing.

Parents and students who may have been exposed are being notified by the district. 

Students who tested positive, at both William Adams Middle School and Alice High School, were on campus as recently as Tuesday.

RELATED: Alice ISD closing all schools through Oct. 30 after several positive COVID-19 cases; District releases COVID testing schedule, links to register.

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