Yesterday, The Texas Education Agency allowed school districts to limit on-campus instruction for the first four weeks of the school year. Districts can change the decision and extend that period for four weeks if the situation is not under control.
This act is a reversal act by the agency, which initially instructed all school districts to make in-person instruction available from the first day of the school year.
School districts petitioned the TEA and urged to allow them to begin with online instruction only.
Commissioner Mike Morath released a video message to parents and acknowledged the act mentioning that the situation has changed.
He said, "Our framework ensures that there will be on campus instruction available for all students who need it in Texas. But at the same time, we know we need to provide local schools flexibility to adapt to local health conditions, especially given the rise in COVID cases we're seeing across the state,"
According to the TEA guidelines, any student who cannot participate in online learning will be provided "in-person instruction."
The TEA will permit school districts to convert high schools into a "full-time hybrid model", including on-campus and online learning.