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Jodey Arrington visits Coronado to ensure safety in school opening

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Congressman Jodey Arrington visited Coronado High School Wednesday  to review the new opening plans in place for returning to school during the pandemic.

Congressman Arrington says it will beneficial for students and staff to open classrooms. He says..it's time to lift the shutdown.

"They're ready for fall, they're ready to receive their children," said Rep. Arrington 

The congressman says 70 percent of students have voted to attend face-to-face learning. The rest will stay at home for online learning. Congressman Arrington says they will not be left behind and will get the same attention as classmates learning in person will.

"They are going to give those students the very best experience they possibly can," Rep. Arrington said. "I think they are going to be engaged with those parents, and I can tell you that they have made extra precautions and taken extra effort to engage those students and families that are at higher risk."

District superintendent Kathy Rollo said Coronado will be taking extra measures to make sure it has no problem with a COVID-19 outbreak among faculty and staff. Changes will include different lunch times,desk spread out further apart and a lot more hand washing.

"You'll see fewer students in the hallways, we'll be staggering some passing periods," she explained, "no students sharing supplies and you'll see us cleaning down those P.E. equipment and those kinds of things."

Rollo said if there's a possible case of COVID-19 during the semester, the school will keep track and notify those exposed right away.

"We will notify everyone int he building if there is a positive case," she said, "but you will be notified that it is a low risk, unless you get a phone call  -- and that will be after we do our contact tracing and determine who is in close contact with that person -- then we will notify those families individually if they need to quarantine."

Congressman Arrington says he does feel confident Lubbock I.S.D. will enjoy a safe semester. The first day of school is Monday.

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