Both virtual and in-person instruction is part of the plan.
Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath told the Texas Tribune, “It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers, and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall. But there will also be flexibility for families with health concerns so that their children can be educated remotely, if the parent so chooses.”
Governor Abbott closed schools in March and they remained closed to in-person classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Most schools transitioned to remote learning, giving their students laptops to use. This proved complicated, particularly ensuring student attendance.
For example, Austin ISD struggled with some students not attending their online classes.
Until this announcement, whether school would return in the fall was somewhat of a question mark.
Overall, the state says most decisions will be left to the individual districts, but at least on a state level, facemasks will not be required.
Back in April, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found that 83 percent of Texans were in favor of closing schools.
Of documented COVID-19 cases that have been investigated, only six percent have fallen in the aged 0-19 demographic. Among those who’ve died, only two, or 0.3 percent, were school-aged.
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Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.