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Special to The News-Courier—
AUSTIN—While Texas public school districts may offer summer school in their classrooms as early as June 1, Benjamin and Munday indicated they would not be offering the classes.
The state is encouraging school districts to prioritize making on-campus summer school available for their most vulnerable students, including students with disabilities who cannot learn virtually, homeless students and students with significant academic gaps.
Many of those students were left behind during the academic year as school districts struggled to ramp up online instruction quickly once the pandemic hit.
School districts must use their best judgment, but they cannot make in-person attendance mandatory, even for students who need to attend summer school to move to the next grade.
Staff members or students will experience a marked change from the typical summer school. Teachers will take students’ temperatures every day, students will be supervised while washing their hands for 20 seconds twice a day and dividers will separate student desks. All must stay 6 feet apart and cannot meet in groups larger than 11.
School districts are encouraged to stagger school start and end times to reduce the number of students walking close together in the hallways and parents are encouraged to stay outside to pick up and drop off their children.
Students cannot attend assemblies, go on field trips or gather in groups outside of individual classes unless 30 feet can be kept between groups. A positive COVID-19 case in a school will require a two-week closure of the classes that were exposed to the sick person.