With their hands tied by an executive order from the Governor’s Mansion, school districts have little recourse but to fully close campuses when there is a COVID outbreak. Leaders in Angleton ISD and Danbury ISD are to be commended for having the fortitude to take that action this week.
Closing campuses because of the spread of a virus is nothing new for school districts. Before anyone had heard of COVID-19, schools would be closed because of outbreaks of the flu. Without enough teachers to lead classes or students to learn, taking a break for the viral surge to run its course and disinfect buildings was seen as prudent.