Idalou ISD prepares to reopen amid pandemic - FOX34 Lubbock

Idalou ISD prepares to reopen amid pandemic

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas Education Agency issued new guidelines for reopening schools during the pandemic on Tuesday and Idalou's Superintendent, Robert Gibson said his staff is prepared for the upcoming school year.

"We were kind of thrown in the fire in March and our teachers did an outstanding job with very little time for the adjustment," Gibson said. "So we feel like that gave us a little headway going into the start of school this year."

Idalou ISD already sent out a survey to parents asking if their kids would do on-campus learning or remote learning.

"The majority of those students plan on coming back to campus which is great news," Gibson added.

Gibson said the survey results showed that about 5 percent plan to stay home and do remote learning, which will be offered.  With that in mind, Idalou ISD purchased more Google Chromebooks this summer. 

"Hopefully when school does start back up, we're more of a one-to-one with the Chromebooks and every student will have those and be able to take those home," Gibson said. "And if we're forced to shutdown at any time, we're not scrambling to get those checked out to students."

Idalou has an average of 80 kids per grade level. It plans to have 15 students per classroom to maintain enough space to socially distance.

New Deal Superintendent Matt Reed said it's tough to determine all the details right now.

"The plans change daily with new requirements and new restrictions," Reed said. "So we're making as many plans as possible to accommodate that."

New Deal ISD's main focus this summer is cleaning.

"We are doing everything in our power to make sure our buildings are safe and clean for these kids to come back to school," Reed said. "Kids need to be in school, I think that's the best place for them and we miss our kids and we're excited to have them back in August."

According to the TEA's most recent guidelines, "parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit for a full grading period, but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information".

Schools are set to start the week of August 17th. 


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