Magnolia High School students will switch to a virtual learning environment through the rest of the week due to new COVID-19 cases.
The district’s other schools – including the Freshman Academy at the MHS campus -- will continue to have in-classroom instruction.
However, MHS students in grades 10-12 will use the equipment and instructions they’ve been issued to attend classes at home.
The Magnolia School District said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that “this is a measure of extreme caution in response to three positive COVID-19 cases. Several students have also been quarantined due to close contact to positive cases or for exhibiting symptoms.
“During this closure, all classrooms will be disinfected in preparation for students to return to school on Monday, September 28.”
On Monday, the district announced that it was cancelling its Homecoming football game on Friday night against TexARKana’s Arkansas High School, and postponing the week’s Homecoming activities until a later date. The decision was made because 12 Magnolia Panthers football players either did not come to school or were sent home because they displayed symptoms of the virus on Monday.
Symptomatic students who test positive for COVID-19 face a 14-day quarantine period. Students who test negative after showing symptoms must remain symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school.
Magnolia High has about 600 students in grades 10-12.