Victoria ISD to begin instruction remotely despite revised state legal guidance

Victoria ISD to begin instruction remotely despite revised state legal guidance

VICTORIA, Texas – New legal guidance by Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton will not affect the Victoria ISD’s plans to begin with remote learning on August 18th before returning to face-to-face instruction after Labor Day, as initially planned.

“Education of our children is an essential Texas value and there is no current statewide order prohibiting any school from opening,” Paxton said. “While local health authorities may possess some authority to close schools in limited circumstances, they may not issue blanket orders closing all schools on a purely preventative basis. That decision rightfully remains with school system leaders.”

Last week, the district announced it would begin with remote learning after Victoria County Health Authority Dr. John McNeill issued a health order prohibiting in-person instruction for public schools within in Victoria County through September 7th.

“Since that time the State of Texas has revised guidance for school districts, essentially jeopardizing funding for any district that complies with such control orders issued by a local health authority,” wrote VISD Superintendent Quintin Shepherd in a statement sent to parents. “Regardless of the change in guidance from the State, the district feels it is in the best interest to continue with the same revised start plan.”

District officials will update their COVID-19 plans on the district’s website, go here to learn more.

“During this unprecedented time, we want you to know that our students’ and staff’s safety and well-being are our top priorities,” Shepherd wrote.