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Special to The News-Courier—
MUNDAY—In a letter to parents, Superintendent Troy Parton announced last week that Munday CISD will only offer face-to-face instruction for all students, effective Oct. 19.
“The only exceptions will be for students who are quarantined by close contact or a positive COVID-19 test result, or a letter from a medical professional requiring the child to attend remotely,” Parton said.
He added that all current “at home” learners will need to let the office know by Friday, Oct. 16, the path they will choose to take from one of the following options:
- In-person, on-campus learning:
- Withdraw and homeschool, using an approved curriculum;
- Withdraw and transfer to another school that is offering remote learning.
“Our teachers have spent countless hours attending to the needs of in-person and remote learners,” he said. “Most of our remote learners are failing classes and falling behind their peers.
“We have outstanding teachers. I believe it is unfair of us to ask them to work two jobs for such a small minority of students who are remote learners.
“As superintendent, my job is to ensure your children are getting the best education we can offer in the safest environment possible. All areas have been cleaned and disinfected at least once in the last week, and most areas two or more times.
“Students learn much better in a social setting than they do in front of a computer. Research over the last few months has proven this, and you probably are noticing this in your own home. The teacher is an educational professional; they are trained in many skills to get your child to where they need to be for the next school year.
“Administrators and staff will be enforcing mask wearing, reminding students to wash hands, social distance and other precautions as they are updated. The loss of learning that is occurring with these students is very concerning. Almost 1/2 of remote-only students are failing, most more than one class.
“We look forward to a closer return to normalcy and want to reiterate that we strongly wish to have your child back in our classrooms. Thank you for working with Munday CISD during this difficult time. Please contact my office with any concerns or questions.”