Comal ISD Will Not Extend Holiday Break or Suspend Athletics Over COVID-19, Superintendent Says
Comal ISD has no plans to extend its holiday break or suspend athletic activities based on current COVID-19 caseloads.
In an email to parents yesterday, Superintendent Andrew Kim said he based this decision on data as it directly relates to district schools.
“While we are aware that the data can change, based on what we are seeing now, our current plan is to resume both on-campus and remote learningon Jan. 5,” he said. “In addition, we will continue with our extracurricular activities just as we have during the first semester following University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) health-and-safety guidelines.”
Nearby Seguin ISD extended its students’ winter break to Jan. 11 due to COVID-19. North East Independent School District canceled the remainder of its 2020 basketball games and practices due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Seguin ISD Supt. Dr. Matthew Gutierrez said the extended holiday break is designed to create a buffer between Christmas and the first day of school.
“In order to help slow the spread of COVID within our community, I am asking that our students and staff self-quarantine from Jan. 1-10 and closely monitor their health,” he said. “We have seen an increase in cases and hospitalizations following Thanksgiving and my goal is to help reverse this trend as we begin the new year.”
Meanwhile, a Canyon High School Cougars football playoff game against Katy Paetow was canceled this weekend after someone on that team either contracted or was exposed to COVID-19.
The team’s next game is scheduled for Dec. 24 at Canyon High School.