CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In the third full week of classes, the Tuloso Midway Independent School District is reporting 185 COVID-19 cases among students and faculty.
According to the TMISD website, 15 cases are in the primary school, 51 cases are in the intermediate school, 64 cases are in the middle school, and 55 cases are in the high school for the district. The district says that these numbers are not fully accurate.
"Please keep in mind that because of the unstable nature of the situation and the fact that not all positive cases are reported to us, this number may not be exact," says the TMISD website. "All known COVID positive cases are reported to the local and state health departments."
Annette Rodriguez, health director for the Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District, said last week that since the beginning of the school year at TMISD, there have been reports of more than 200 COVID-19 cases and said the delta variant is circulating.
Vaccination clinics at Tuloso-Midway High School were offered last week and over the weekend for students 12 years of age and older in sixth through eighth grades. The clinic came after Tuloso-Midway independent School District reported 59 new cases in its second full week of classes.
The second week of COVID-19 numbers, published on the TMISD district website, were recorded between July 26 and July 30. The district returned to school on July 14, making the week of July 26 the second full week of classes since the semester began.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, TMISD has a total of 3,926 students and 283 teachers.
The district asks parents to complete the COVID vaccination forms and send them with their children to the vaccines sites. This information can be found at the TMISD website by clicking the COVID link.
According to the district, TMISD will also continue to update parents and students on the number of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students.
TMISD is asking parents not to send their students in to school if they are sick, test positive for COVID-19, or if they should be under quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.
Students must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the help of medication before returning to school.
"As Tuloso-Midway I.S.D. continues to remain 100% open, the following health and safety protocols, address recommendations and COVID-19 prevention guidance from the Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control," says the district's website. "Our goal is to assure a prosperous, safe and healthy learning environment while providing a continuity of services in academics, social/emotional health, and physical health and safety for all students."
Review TMISD's full back-to-school COVID-19 contingency plan here.