Marble Falls ISD closes schools due to staff shortages and infections

MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) – The Marble Falls Independent School District in Burnet County is closing all of its schools on Friday due to a staff shortage linked to an increase in “viral infections.”

Marble Falls CIO does not specifically name COVID-19 as the virus that causes infections, however, nationwide increases are causing staffing issues in Texas schools.

“We are saddened by the need to take this step, but the MFISD does not have enough staff available to monitor students and maintain safe school environments,” the district said Wednesday evening.

The MFISD indicates that extracurricular activities and events will continue as planned, unless otherwise specified by participants. The district says information about student meals on campus will be released soon.

Burnet County reported 87 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday – the highest single-day total since February 2021. The county currently has an average of 33 new confirmed cases per day.

Meanwhile, at Liberty Hill ISD in Williamson County, 50 staff members have been released with COVID-19 and several more are absent due to possible symptoms or to care for their own sick children. Staff are so insecure that the district is asking the community for help to avoid closures.

“We’re going to do our best to stay open,” Superintendent Steven Snell said in a video plea Wednesday night. “We are seeing cases increasing, we are seeing cases doubling almost daily. And it really took its toll on our teaching staff… We need your help with volunteering. If you have time to volunteer for an hour or two, please contact your school.

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