Carthage ISD will host another COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Carthage High School Performing Arts Center.
Those receiving the vaccine are asked to fill out a consent form, available on the carthageisd.org website, and to bring their insurance card.
Grab ‘N Go Meals Now Available
Carthage ISD is also beginning to offer grab and go meals for students sent home due to COVID-related reasons.
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, the district will offer grab and go meals for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Libby Elementary bus ramp.
Interim Superintendent Pens Community Letter
As of Friday morning, the district was reporting on its COVID information page that they had seen a total of 77 student cases and 17 faculty/staff cases for this school year.
In a Thursday letter to the Carthage ISD community, Interim Superintendent Jim Dunlap says Carthage ISD shares a deep commitment to the health and safety of every child and staff member.
“We have been closely monitoring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for months,” he said. “Our obligation and responsibility for 3,000 members of our school district and their extended families compels us to follow the best advice from medical and scientific professionals. State agencies that regulate school operations follow the science in order to provide guidance to help care for our people. And we will continue to consider all sources of valid information to make decisions.”
Dunlap says Carthage ISD, following medical advice and state agency guidance, “will make every effort to do what we think is best for Carthage ISD to slow down and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
That includes daily sanitization of school facilities. Dunlap said the most current legal advice on a mandated mask requirement may likely be settled in the courts — right now the district is requiring mask use on buses and encouraging students to wear masks at school to prevent the spread of COVID.
Dunlap said closing campuses would be their last resort to stem the tide of infections.
“That decision to close campuses will be based on high numbers of students and staff absences,” he said. “Extracurricular activities will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We will keep watching the numbers of COVID-19 incidents and make every effort to minimize contact at school with potential infections.”
Dunlap asked parents and guardians to monitor students for signs of illness and to keep them home if they are sick. COVID-19 symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty, breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches without a reason, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
Carthage ISD provides free COVID testing when parents call and make an appointment with their child’s nurse. The district is also asking parents to contact the school if their child tests positive, has COVID, develops symptoms or has been exposed to COVID.
“We understand all these inconveniences. But our only goal is to do all we can to keep all Bulldogs safe and healthy,” Dunlap said.