Governor Greg Abbott said that the Texas school districts would extend online-only learning past the first three weeks of the school year.
Some guidelines were issued by the Texas Education Agency, allowing school districts up to three weeks of online-only learning at the start of the school year. After that, they may start losing state funding.
But Abbott told media that the Texas Education Commissioner will make new announcements in the coming days, providing more flexibility due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the state.
This news is a Good News for parents and teachers concerned about classrooms filling back up as cases of the virus continue to skyrocket statewide.
Some school districts have pushed the start date back to get more time to prepare for a hybrid model of teaching where some students study online, and others attend class.
Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said there would be challenges starting school online. He said, "There's a lot of ramp-ups we have to do. We've gotten our teachers trained on the mechanics; now we need to train them on the content. We need extra time to make sure they are ready to deliver that,"