AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Area school districts are closing their doors due to illness as COVID-19 cases continue to surge on the High Plains.

MyHighPlains.com has compiled a list of schools and districts that have announced closings as of Jan. 13:

  • Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD
    • All Schools
      • Friday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 17
      • School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Bushland ISD
    • All Schools
      • Friday, Jan. 14 through Tuesday, Jan. 18
      • School resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Quanah ISD
    • All Schools
      • Thursday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 17
      • School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • McLean ISD
    • All Schools
      • Thursday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 17
      • School resumes on Monday, Jan. 17
  • Plainview ISD
    • All Schools
      • Monday, Jan. 17, through Tuesday, Jan. 18
      • School resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • River Road ISD
    • All Schools
      • Friday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 17
      • School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • San Jacinto Christian Academy
    • Friday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 17
    • School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 18

“This is the time of year that we get a lot of respiratory viruses to go around. Obviously, what’s different this year, and to some extent, last year is that Covid is definitely here, too,” said Texas Tech Physicians Peditracian, Dr. Todd Bell.

Dr. Bell said case numbers in kids are rising.

“We’re definitely seeing more cases of coronavirus and children than what we saw a few months ago. We’ve seen just like we’re seeing more cases in adults,” he added.

“It’s blowing up a little bit right now, the last … four days this week has been really crazy,” said Canadian ISD Superintendent Lynn Pulliam.

Pulliam said CISD’s case number is “significant,” with 40 new students and seven new staff cases this week. The district’s doors are still open, but Pulliam said that could change.

“It’s a balance, you know, that we have to have for us, in order to keep our doors open, which we’re pretty committed to doing, of having, you know, enough staff members, that ratio staff members and available substitute teachers,” said Pulliam. “If it does, you know, get to a point on any of our campuses where we don’t feel like we can safely and responsibly conduct school for the day, then, you know, then we’ll look at either closing individual campus or campuses are or even potentially closed in, you know, the district down.”

Dr. Bell said the best way to keep students and staff healthy is for them to get a Covid and flu vaccine, wear a mask, wash their hands, and stay home if they are sick.

This story is developing. Check with MyHighPlains.com for updates