Almost two years after school districts first made the switch to virtual learning, Lancaster ISD will once again be running classes via the display.
It’s a decision the district announced via email and social media, saying in part:
“Dallas County’s risk level for covid-19 is listed as red, local hospitals have a limited number of beds, and several people in our community have unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19. “
On Facebook, parents like Yvonne Young supported the district’s decision.
“I think it was the best decision to make because the health and safety of children should always be the top priority. So I support the neighborhood 100%. We’re all doing our best right now, ”Young said.
But with just days ‘notice, it’s a move that Dallas ISD teachers’ union president Rena Honea has said could cause problems.
“Everyone is simply warned to be on their highest guarantees. Not only to consider themselves and their families, but in education we have to consider students, parents, communities and a lot of things, ”Honea said. “And for those neighborhoods that decide at the last minute to go virtual, they could cause real problems for parents who weren’t aware or didn’t make sure someone was with them at your knowledge to provide this digital learning support.
As of now, ISD Dallas, along with others in the area, are planning to return in person from winter vacation.
Honea said that while the intention is to prevent further learning loss, it must be done with caution.
Earlier this week, Cook Children’s infectious disease medical director said it starts with vaccinations and masks.
“If they’re able to do that, I think there’s good data that kids can go back to school and be safe. It also includes things like spreading and good ventilation, these multiple layers of trying to increase safety, ”said Dr. Mary Suzanne Whitworth.
Lancaster plans to reassess his situation on Friday.
In the meantime, he will use Tuesday as a transition day, working with families to make sure everyone can connect remotely again.