Summerville High School students were sent home before lunchtime Thursday for an emergency school closure due to rising COVID-19 cases on campus.
Summerville is supposed to remain closed Friday and Monday, Michael Merrill, superintendent for Summerville Union High School District, said in an announcement sent to students, staff and parents.
“The most important thing is making sure our students and staff are safe,” Merrill said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. “We’ve got to get out in front of this thing.”
School administrators hope to re-open the school on Tuesday, Sept. 7, Merrill said in an email to The Union Democrat before 1 p.m Thursday.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of positive COVID cases at Summerville High School campus as of today,” Merrill said in the message to students, staff and parents. “We are also seeing a large number of students on at-home or modified quarantine due to being close contacts. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we are doing an early release at 12 p.m. today prior to lunchtime and tomorrow will be an emergency school closure day.”
Any previous plans to serve food at Summerville on Thursday and Friday have been canceled due to lack of staffing, Merrill said. Summerville buses were scheduled to run their regular routes Thursday. They were supposed to depart from Summerville as soon as they were loaded.
“Parents please advise your student to ride the bus or pick them up,” Merrill said in the Thursday announcement. “We will no longer be doing modified quarantine, as the number of people impacted has increased. Any students in the future that are considered close contacts will quarantine at home as was the process last year.”