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Red River Valley schools have been back in session for about two weeks, returning to in-person learning amid the latest surge of Covid-19 cases. The more contagious delta variant combined with Gov. Greg Abbott’s anti-mask mandate fueled fears that the respiratory disease would hit schools hard, especially after outbreaks in Mississippi schools led to temporary shutdowns.

To date, one Red River Valley school district has shut down a campus because of Covid-19 spread. All districts are reporting active cases among students and some staff.

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6960 or

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