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Governor, education commissioner say schools will open

AUSTIN — While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement.

Gov. Greg Abbott recently renewed his COVID pandemic disaster declaration for all counties affected by the disease. Even so, Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on June 18 sounded a hopeful note, saying schools would resume normal operations in the fall. “It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall, but there will also be flexibility for families with health concerns so that their children can be educated remotely, if the parent so chooses,” said Morath, adding that detailed guidance would be issued soon.

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria reacted, saying teachers and other school employees “need to be directly involved in planning for the safe reopening of school facilities” and a rush to reopen schools puts at risk the health and safety of millions of Texas school children, educators, families and communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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