La Joya ISD addresses parents’ concerns over COVID-19 safety measures ahead of first day of school

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LA JOYA, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The La Joya Independent School District (ISD) officials held a press conference Wednesday morning, addressing the concerns of many parents as the fall semester begins next week.

A panel of district leaders took questions sent to La Joya ISD through social media and emails.

The district first addressed safety precautions it’s taking, including temperature checks, hand sanitizing stations and shields on desks.

The district says it’s strongly encouraging students to wear masks, but it’s not required in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders.

“The priority of our principals is to keep our children safe,” a district official said.

Instruction will commence as normal.

Elementary school begins at 7:45 a.m., middle school at 8:15 a.m., and high school instruction begins at 8:35 a.m. Students will transition from teacher to teacher.

District leaders also said there will be supervision in hallways to ensure students are following social distancing guidelines.

One parent asked about the district’s dress code policy. La Joya ISD is recommending kids follow the dress code, but uniforms will not be required for the upcoming school year.

A virtual learning option will only be allowed for students who meet certain requirements.

Twenty days maximum will be permitted for virtual learning, it’ll then become a case-by-case basis for students to learn virtually beyond 20 days.

“Student might qualify if they’ve been identified if they’ve had close contact with someone who’s had COVID-19.”

For parents wanting updates on school policy changes, a district crisis team will meet on weekly basis to assess county and state health safety guidelines.

District officials say any new plans will be continuously be updated La Joya ISD’s website.

District leaders said self-responsibility is “very important.” If a student tests positive at school, “the school community will be notified and will continue to do contact tracing and protocols to see who needs to quarantine and who needs medical attention.”

Students will be always encouraged to spatially distance while eating lunch. Finally, the district says outside meals will not be permitted on campuses, additionally, meals at school with children is suspended until further notice.

On Friday, La Joya ISD board members will meet to discuss a resolution to ask Abbott to let districts enforce masks and allow funding for virtual instruction.

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