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Lubbock ISD giving parents options for fall

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD is planning to allow families to choose between in-class instruction and remote learning when the fall semester begins August 17. For those who opt for virtual classes, Superintendent Kathy Rollo said they will be taught by teachers. 

"Our teachers are going to be the primary instructors because we know parents worked so hard this year," Rollo said.

While Rollo said it is not feasible to significantly reduce the number of students in classrooms, they will be spread out more within those spaces in order to comply with social distancing needs. Similarly, lunch times will be staggered more. For the parents that choose virtual learning, Assistant Superintendent Misty Rieber said they're working hard to make sure no one is left behind. 

"You'll get support if you need it, just like how we do face-to-face tutoring in school. We're trying to take the same concepts that we use in school for best practice to support kids," Rieber said.

The district will start surveying parents next week to get feedback. Families need to make a choice between face-to-face or virtual instruction by August 3. Families who choose the virtual option will have the option to reevaluate and go back to class at the end of nine-week periods. 

Rollo said students will wear masks "as appropriate," which may depend on the individual student's health needs. The district is still waiting for additional guidance on COVID-19 testing. Administrators are also not sure whether students who opt for virtual learning will be able to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. 

They are working on a few models to limit hallway interaction. 

"We will have some cases where the teachers actually move instead of the students," Rollo said. "We will look at how we can stagger bell schedules so fewer students are in the hallways at any one given time."

Food will be provided for students learning from home with more than 1 million meals available. 



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