The TEA provides new guidelines for students to make a safe return during the COVID-19 Pandemic

VICTORIA, Texas–The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released health guidelines as students plan to return to the classroom this fall.

School is back in session starting August 12th. Parents have the option of allowing their children to participate in online courses or they can go back to the classroom.

“I don’t want my kids to miss out on the school experience. However, I want to keep them safe as well. So if they can go a couple of days and then stay at home a couple of days I’m ok with that,” said Tynetta Howard, a V.I.S.D Parent.

The Texas Education Agency is allowing districts a phase-in option to return to campus for the first three weeks of the school year.

“This is the kind of the key piece of information that districts have been waiting on to see what guidelines will be in place,” said Shawna Currie, V.I.S.D Communications Director.

Shawna Currie says as students return to school the district’s number one priority is keeping everyone safe.

“We do have a new draft plan that we kind of put together based on the guidance we have received so far. We have a return to a school task force made up of parents that will be meeting next week and they will review those plans,” said Currie.

Currie says the district’s back-to-school plan will continue to change as the state updates its guidelines.