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After two teachers died of COVID-19 in a week, the Texas school system was forced to close.


It was unclear if any of the Connally Independent School District’s teachers had been immunized.

(AP) — WACO, Texas — After two teachers died of COVID-19 last week, a Central Texas school district shuttered its doors until after the Labor Day vacation on Tuesday.

After the death of Natalia Chansler, 41, a sixth grade social studies teacher at Connally Junior High School on Saturday COVID-19, Connally Independent School District authorities suspended its five suburban Waco campuses for the rest of the week, according to Assistant Superintendent Jill Bottelberghe.

Connally Junior High School.

Chansler died just days after David McCormick, 59, a Connally Junior High seventh-grade social studies teacher, died of COVID-19, according to Bottelberghe.

It was unclear if either teacher had been immunized.

Coach Terry Gerik of Connally High School said the Cadets will face La Vega on Friday night as planned.

Since August 18, the school has received 51 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Bottelberghe. She went on to say that other instances had been confirmed in recent days, but she didn’t know if any of them may be linked to Chansler.

Bottelberghe stated, “We have not identified any link” between the two fatalities. “Even though they worked in the same topic area, they were in two separate grade levels, but we have noticed an increase in spread throughout our whole student body at those two grade levels.”

Superintendent Wesley Holt said in an email on Monday that the aim is that the closure and Christmas break would provide individuals who are positive for the virus or have been exposed to others with the illness time to isolate and recover. This shutdown would also provide the CISD time to deep clean and sanitize all of its facilities.”

According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rolling seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 infections in Texas was 15,400 cases as of Sunday. In Texas, the rolling seven-day average of daily COVID-19 fatalities was 200.

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