According to guidelines issued last week by the Texas Education Agency, students will be able to return to campus for in-person instruction or continue learning remotely in the fall.
Schools were first shuttered in March at the start of Texas’ coronavirus outbreak. Anxieties about if and how younger people are affected by the novel coronavirus informed the initial decision to close school systems.
For many, those fears have not entirely subsided, especially since there are more than 85 times the number of cases in Texas now than in March.
Teachers and staff have expressed concern about their own health and well-being. The TEA and school system leaders are weighing the chance of virus spread next to the harmful effects of having institutions closed for an even longer period of time.
To reduce the chance of virus spread, the TEA says teachers and all students over the age of 10 will be required to wear a mask in counties with more than 20 confirmed coronavirus cases.
What considerations are being made for teachers and staff who feel their health is at risk? Will public schools become super-spreader centers of COVID-19?
Can San Antonio schools implement a staggered schedule to limit the number of people on campus? Will some teachers still be required to share classrooms?
How will social distancing be maintained? Will class sizes be reduced?
- Aliyya Swaby, public education reporter for The Texas Tribune
- Camille Phillips, education reporter for Texas Public Radio
- Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association
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