Tobias Elementary School closes due to COVID outbreak

By Sahar Chmais

UPDATE: When the story was reported, the number of infections counted on the Hays CISD COVID dashboard was 65 active cases in the school. The number of active cases is 74 as of the district’s latest update this evening.

An entire school campus in Hays CISD has closed down due to the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Tobias Elementary School closed down because more than 10% of students and staff have COVID-19. Tobias has 65 active cases. The campus will be closed until Monday, Sept. 20, according to the HCISD COVID dashboard.

When 10% or more of a classroom or school population has COVID-19, the class or school goes into remote conferencing. Tobias Elementary had nine classroom closures since Sept. 7. There has been a total of 19 classroom closures since the beginning of the school year in HCISD.

Beside the campus closure, there are two other classes in Negley Elementary School and Chapa Middle School that are closed and in remote conferencing.

In HCISD, there is a total of 231 active COVID cases among students and 32 active cases among staff. Since the beginning of the school year, there have been 667 cumulative COVID-19 cases in HCISD.



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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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