Trustees with the Mission CISD approved a request from administration to extend remote learning for students for an additional four weeks.
The start of in-person learning was set to begin next month but, if the approval from the district is approved by the Texas Education Agency, the first day for Mission CISD parents to have the option of in-person instruction for their children is Monday, Dec. 7.
“The additional time will allow for the continued lowering of community spread of COVID-19,” MCISD Superintendent Dr. Carol G. Perez said in a statement. “It will also allow us to slowly transition more students back onto the campuses in a more controlled manner that allows us time to address issues as they arrive during that transition period.”
The Mission school board previously requested two waiver to delay in-person instruction that were approved by the TEA, the maximum amount of waivers allowed.
In a news release, Dr. Perez explained that the district started allowing families without internet connectivity at home to bring their children to school for in-person, virtual instruction. This allowed students better access to lessons which are still provided by teachers virtually.
Currently, only about 80 students are attending in-person, virtual instruction that includes students without connectivity at home and some children of district employees and families that have requested with all appropriate health and safety standards from the CDC, TEA, and local health officials being followed.
These standards include physical distancing, mask requirements, daily screenings of students/staff, limiting visitors, regular disinfecting throughout the day of commonly touched surfaces, and additional disinfecting schedules, the release stated.
Over the course of the coming weeks, children of essential workers and those who aren’t progressing well will be allowed back on campus, the release stated.
“As Mission CISD transitions toward allowing more students on campuses, parents will be notified and allowed the option,” a release from the district said. “Dr. Perez reminds everyone that when the day arrives for the district to offer in-person instruction with teachers in the classroom on December 7, parents will still have the option to keep their children home for remote asynchronous learning.”