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An 11-year-old girl is showing signs of improvement in her battle with COVID-19, which her mother says she likely caught at her school in Texas.

“She’s a fighter,” Terri Gurganious said of her daughter, Brennah, who was put on a ventilator last week at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Terri Gurganious believes Brennah likely caught the virus at Buna Junior High at the start of the school year, according to KBMT. Brennah is a member of several teams and clubs at the school, the TV station reported.

There are 82 students and 14 staff who currently have COVID in the three schools that make up the Buna Independent School District. Cases represent 5.4% of students and 4.9% of staff.

So far this school year, which began on August 11, 125 students in the district have tested positive for the virus.

“I’m so upset by this,” Terri Gurganious wrote on Facebook, posting a photo of her daughter on the fan. “If we kept our children at home and didn’t send the exposed children or teachers to school, this wouldn’t have happened. “

The mom hopes that the school will close or that the lessons will be taught virtually. But the school district wrote in its 2021 back-to-school plan that it will not offer distance education this school year, except to COVID-positive students.

The district could also switch to virtual learning if “community transmission” of COVID-19 warrants it, but the plan does not specify what rate of infection would trigger such a change.

Parents in the school district have the option of sending their children to school with masks. The district also does not require the wearing of masks for staff members.

Due to funding issues, “there is no other option” than continuing with school classes instead of virtual learning, Buna ISD Superintendent Donny Lee told KBMT.

Brennah’s mother wrote on Sunday that her condition had “improved considerably”. But she may have to stay in the hospital for another month, according to KBMT.

“They are amazed at the quality of his response and his speed,” Terri Gurganious said on Facebook. “She is a blessed and lucky girl. If I had waited a day or two more, we probably wouldn’t have had this result.

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