Texoma teachers weigh in on going back to school

Texoma teachers give their opinions on what it will look like to return to school in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texoma teachers give their opinions on what it will look like to return to school in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.(kxii)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:43 PM CDT
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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - As back to school season approaches, many school districts are deciding how to navigate returning to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I just don’t see how if they go to school, to the classrooms and everything like that, I just don’t see how we can avoid any kind of outbreak,” an anonymous teacher said.

“We have a toddler in the house so I need to make sure we all stay protected but then also I wouldn’t love anything more than to go to school with my kiddos,” another anonymous teacher said.

The teachers in this story wanted to remain anonymous so they don’t lose their jobs.

Both work in different Texoma districts and said social distancing will be tough.

“If we were going to have to social distance and spread out, so this desk will be six feet apart from this desk and so on and so forth, we’re going to have to have class sizes that are half of what we are normally having,” the anonymous teacher said.

Some Texoma teachers contacted News 12 saying they want to go back to school.

Jason wrote in part, “I am a teacher that has concerns about NOT going to school. It makes me very sad when I see fellow teachers raising a fuss when it is suggested that we have in person classes this fall. We all took this job for the kids. The students need us right now more than ever.”

Other teachers who want to go back say it is safer for at school for students who are victims of domestic abuse and rely on school meals.

Denison ISD for example, is still working out the details, and said they will announce their official plan for re-opening July 27th.

“We’re going to do everything possible to maintain safety for our teachers as well as our students, but there’s no way schools are not set up for six foot distancing, classrooms are not, so we’re going to have to do some things different,” Denison ISD superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said.

Scott said they sent a survey out, and 78 percent of Denison ISD parents want kids to go back to school, but the district will offer online options for parents who aren’t ready to send their kids back.

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