Superintendents in areas where COVID-19 has spiked have found some relief in elected officials backing their plans to delay in-person instruction.
On Tuesday, Cameron and Hidalgo counties issued an order that all public and private schools, from grades pre-kinder through grade 12, will not re-open for on-campus instruction.
Hidalgo County schools can begin in-person education after September 27.
“We can try to prevent it as much as possible but it’s not something we definitely can stop,” Donna ISD Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez said via Zoom interview.
Donna ISD has staff recovering from COVID-19.
Cameron County has delated in-person instruction until September 8. The announcement to delay comes after several discussions with County Judge Eddie Trevino and Health Authority Dr. James Castillo.
“They did really help the school districts that we’re going to do remote anyway. It basically gave us permission to do it,” said Rio Hondo ISD Superintendent Roger Ellis.
The delay does not impact either district’s plan of being online instruction before the in-person start date.
The Texas Education Agency will allow schools to stay closed and not have funding cut according to the Texas Tribune.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge across Texas, Rio Hondo ISD will request further in-person delays if it unsafe for staff and students. “Things have changed so rapidly over the 3 months who knows what 2 months will allow,” said Ellis.