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Johnson Ranch Elementary Works to Mitigate Rapid Spread of COVID-19

File image of Johnson Ranch Elementary School.

Faced a swift and dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Comal ISD’s Johnson Ranch Elementary School (JRES) in Bulverde plans to separate students as much as possible while it figures out the reason for the surge.

The school reported 21 cases on Monday, 31 on Tuesday and 43 on Wednesday.

In an email, Principal Suzanne Seabolt said district officials are monitoring the situation to look for patterns that would explain the rapid rise in cases, which outpaces that of other campuses.

To deal with the situation, JRES will:

  • Increase spacing in the cafeteria. Some students may eat in classrooms or outside to allow for spacing.
  • Move PE/Gym activities outside when weather permits.
  • Remove desk groupings and go back to “rows” with as much spacing as possible.
  • Ask custodians to clean each night and between clasrooms.
  • Adjust arrival and dismissal procedures to spread students out and allow for as much social distancing as possible.
  • Fog high-priority clasrooms daily and the entire building on weekends.

“Certainly, this is a tough situation for all of us and I appreciate your concern for the students and staff at JRES,” Seabolt said. “We will continue to keep watch on the situation and will update you should there be any further developments.”

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