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Back to face-to-face learning
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Childress Independent School District will suspend remote learning on Oct. 16, according to a letter released by Superintendent Carl Taylor.
CISD School Board members made this decision during their Oct. 7 meeting. According to the minutes of the meeting, the recommendation to end virtual learning was made by administrators and teachers.
They chose Oct. 16 because that is the end of the current three-week period, the minutes stated. In the letter, Taylor wrote on Oct. 8, the district has had a low number of positive COVID-19 cases (less than 0.003 percent) during the first eight weeks of school.
Meanwhile, the district saw a large number of students, who were learning remotely, suffer academically. In fact, 44 percent of the remote learners were failing one or more classes at the end of the first six weeks.
All students enrolled in Childress ISD must begin attending school in-person no later than Monday, Oct. 19, the letter stated.
“We encourage all students who are currently participating remotely to return to campus and participate in-person at their earliest convenience,” Taylor said in the letter.
There are some exceptions, though. The letter said students can continue to learn remotely if they fall under one of these categories:
- Students who have been quarantined due to close contact exposure.
- Students who have received a positive test result for COVID-19.
- Students who are medically fragile and have a doctor prescribe homebound placement.
- A district or campus closure.
The letter also states parents can request a transfer, homeschool their children or attend a virtual public school such as K-122 online, which is free, or TTU K-12, which is not free.
“The administrators, teachers and staff look forward to the opportunity for your student to return to a more normal school year and anxiously await the return of your student to the classroom,” Taylor wrote in the letter. The entire letter is online at www.redriversun.com.
During the school board meeting on Oct. 7, Taylor also told board members of Cassie Stark’s filing of a request for a Special Education Due Process hearing with the Texas Education Agency, according to the minutes. The district will work on the due processing hearing over the next few weeks and months.