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Local reactions to Texas Education Agency school reopening guidelines

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 8:31 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - It’s already July which means school is hopefully around the corner. The Texas Education Agency released reopening guidelines to help districts and parents decide what is best for their kids including those here in Texoma.

“It was just gonna be one week more of spring break. It turned out to be more than just one week and we don’t even know if we’re gonna start school,” said Heavenly McDonald.

McDonald is a student in Texoma, hoping to begin high school this fall.

“I don’t think the online is a really good idea cause there are some kids that won’t take it serious. I feel like going back to school is a better option,” said McDonald.

“They need to be educated by an educator. Someone who’s trained, professionally trained, college educated and knows what to do,” said McDonald’s mother, Sherry Scott.

Scott agrees with McDonald, and plans to send her kids to school this fall.

“They need to go to school. And they can wear their masks and they follow the 6-foot rule and just stay safe that way. They know what to do, we’ve been doing this for so long already,” said Scott.

The Texas Education Agency released their guidelines for districts to consider whether planning to reopen this coming school year. Denison I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says T.E.A.’s guidelines are in line with what they already had in mind.

“Schools are not made to always maintain a 6-foot distance, but it gave us a method by which we could do that, and you know take into consideration masks and hand washing and whatever. But there’s going to be some areas that it’s going to be very difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance,” said Dr. Scott.

Scott says options like required face masks and giving parents the option of online instead of in person classes were already planned.

“We learned a lot in the spring and we’re gonna improve the product we did in the spring,” said Dr. Scott.

But even now, nothing is set in stone with the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic.

“Maybe 6 to 8 weeks down the road if things get better we might loosen it up a little bit. If they get worse, we may even have to tighten it up. So we feel like our planning is headed toward being reasonable, but our number one priority is keeping our kids and teachers safe,” said Dr. Scott.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will invest $57 million in federal funds to maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities.

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