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Decatur ISD stops events after McCarroll students exposed to COVID-19

Decatur ISD has canceled the high school prom set for Saturday and stopped its summer conditioning athletic workouts after at least 20 students at McCarroll Middle School came into contact with an individual who was symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19.

“It was a situation where we had 20 families with direct exposure, and it was the right thing to do,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Joseph Coburn.

Decatur High School’s prom was scheduled for Saturday in Highland Village.

“We don’t have plans to reschedule. At a point, it becomes increasingly difficult to schedule,” Coburn said.

The district plans to release information about refunds in the future, according to a release from the district.

The athletic workouts known as Eagle Maker will be suspended until July 9.

The district is also planning to sanitize McCarroll Middle School before re-opening.

The announcement comes two days after Coburn and other Wise County superintendents met with Texas Rep. Phil King about school in the fall. Schools across the state were closed in March and classes were moved to distance learning for the rest of the semester.

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath Tuesday released information about at-home learning and how schools will be funded for providing distance learning in the fall to students not attending classes on campus.

Morath is planning to meet with superintendents in a videoconference again July 2. School officials hope to get more direction about holding classes on campus and social distancing regulations.

Coburn agreed this incident shows the difficulty schools will face moving forward during the pandemic.

“We all know we’re going to have to deal with this more and more,” Coburn said. “It’s why we don’t know much yet. You listened to the call yesterday [with Morath].

“I’m hoping by being extra careful now we are able to start on time [Aug. 13]. For some sense of normal when school starts, it’s better to press pause now.”

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