The Wharton Independent School District once again closed summer workouts in late June and does not plan on a potential re-opening until Monday, July 13.
“Summer workouts will be paused for the next (two) weeks as (a) precautionary measure. Don’t waste this effort to keep you healthy ... take care of yourselves and each other,” Wharton ISD Athletics Director Chad Butler said on Twitter, Saturday, June 27.
Wharton student athletes and coaches had just got back to work after closing for a few days the week before after a COVID-19 scare. On Friday, June 19, Wharton ISD became aware a student came into potential contact with the virus and suspended workouts for two days returning Wednesday, June 24. No students or coaches tested positive then or now.
With COVID-19 still present and growing throughout Wharton County, Wharton ISD officials chose to take another pause in the interest of student safety.
“We don’t have any (positive) cases, but with numbers rising all around we want to be as safe as possible,” Butler said to the Journal-Spectator.
At one point, WC had added 74 new cases. A few weeks ago, 24 cases were added.
While WISD plans on returning July 13, administrators left some room for workouts to remain suspended. On the district’s website, it said it would reevaluate on July 13 whether or not to remain closed.
“We will just evaluate what is going on in the community and Wharton County as a whole,” Butler said. “Our main goal is to keep our students and staff healthy.”
Wharton ISD isn’t alone in closing. In its district, La Marque also has shut down for two weeks due to rising COVID-19 numbers.