Russellville Independent Schools interim superintendent Leon Smith said Tuesday that while schools in the district will remain open as usual for now — if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in students and staff following last week’s fall break, the district may go back to all virtual classes.

“I want to address one note of interest regarding the COVID status of Logan County,” Smith said. “Logan County COVID incident cases have increased over the past week that moved our county to a ‘red’ status. Please know we do not take this lightly and monitor daily. Currently, there are no known positive active cases of any student or staff at this time in our district. Mrs. (Kim) McDaniel communicates daily with the Logan County Health Department (LCHD) and was told most of the new cases this past week have been 60 or older. The LCHD will be closely watching for possible surges in the next 10 days due to returning fall breakers. Our procedures will be to remain in daily contact with LCHD to seek guidance on new cases in Logan County especially cases that have a direct impact on our school district.”

Smith said that while we are still in the midst of the pandemic, all students and staff should follow the CDC guidelines.

“We will continue to monitor daily,” he said. “We will also ask that staff be on alert and ready to revert back to NTI with 24 hours notice should we move into a phase that LCHD advises us to return to in home instruction.”

Currently, Russellville Independent students at Stevenson Elementary are going to school every day in-person. While students at Russellville High School and Russellville Middle School are going to school on a hybrid schedule.

“Let’s hope and pray that we will be able to continue with our current schedule,” Smith said. “Our kids need to be in school!”