Lewisville, TX – Lewisville ISD is the latest school district in the North Texas area to close schools as a result of the staffing shortage caused by the Omicron wave.
According to the district’s officials, all students, teachers and staff will be home from Wednesday to Friday because there are not enough teachers and staff in the schools to remain open.
The in-person teaching process is expected to continue as usual starting Monday.
There will be 52,000 students and 6,500 staff affected by the latest measures and all of the district’s 70 campuses will be closed in the next few days.
The district confirmed that the number of cases in students and school staff is increased by 500% compared to 10 days ago. Every day, 700-800 teachers and administrative staff are calling sick or staying home taking care of sick family members.
“I want to be clear – we have used every resource available over the last two weeks to keep the district open,” Interim Superintendent Gary Patterson said in a letter to parents. “We are doing everything we can to keep schools open, and we have simply reached the limit of tools at our disposal.”
During the few-day period, there will be no virtual learning because there aren’t enough teachers to teach those classes.