McAllen, Texas (KVEO)—McAllen Independent School district announced Wednesday they will continue on Stage 3 of the McAllen ISD COVID-19 Action, as planned.
According to a letter sent to parents and district employees, the district was reviewing its back-to-school plans as a result of a new ruling from the State Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The new ruling reads ” Local health authorities may not issue sweeping orders closing schools for the sole purpose of preventing future COVID-19 infections. Rather, their role is limited by statute to addressing specific, actual outbreaks of disease. School officials, both public and private, are the appropriate ones to decide whether, when, and how to open school.”
As a result, the district will continue to proceed, as planned, to have remote classes on Monday, August 24.
“We are able to do this because we have the ability to offer 100% remote instruction. All of our students have access to smart devices that are provided by the district” says the release.
Stage 3 means all teachers and all students stay at home. Other employees will work from home with the exception of some essential employees who will report to the district building, says the district.
The TEA also mentioned that any child who does not have internet access would have access to on-campus instruction. ” McAllen ISD is committed to working diligently to fulfill any internet-access gaps with out families.