Texas' low number of tests and large percentage of positive results suggest inadequacies in the state's public health surveillance effort at a time when school reopenings are certain to increase viral spread, health experts said.
Abbott’s decision to curb the role of local health authorities in school reopening decisions has added to the ongoing conflict between him and local governments during the pandemic, with mayors and judges voicing frustration over having their hands tied by the state’s response.
Though students of Clarksville ISD were originally to return to the classrooms on Aug. 10, it will now be a bit longer before the start of the new school year. On Thursday night, the Clarksville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to push back the start of the school year to Sept. 8.
Abbott said local health authorities can't shut down in-person instruction before school has even started. He said an outbreak on campus once students have arrived could prompt a closure by health authorities.
Though students of Clarksville ISD were originally supposed to return to the classrooms on Aug. 10, it will now be a bit longer before the start of the new school year.
The families of more than 20% of the 3.6 million eligible school children across the state have yet to apply for federal aid under the Pandemic EBT program.
Paxton's guidance contradicts earlier information the Texas Education Agency gave school districts that said local health authorities had the power to delay or close schools to in-person instruction.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that Texas students must take the state standardized test next spring, but fifth and eighth graders can graduate without passing it.
Facing backlash from educators, parents and public health officials, the Texas Education Agency is giving schools more time before they must resume teaching students in person, and allowing districts hard hit by the coronavirus to seek waivers.
Conflicting mandates pingponging between state and local officials are frustrating many parents, students and teachers trying to plan for a fall semester during a raging pandemic.
School districts won't lose state funding if they stick with virtual classes this fall because a local health authority has mandated that classrooms remain closed.
Clarksville ISD recently announced several safety measures that will be taken at the start of the 2020-21 school year to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The mask requirement doesn't apply to students younger than 10. The Texas Education Agency guidelines also require schools to post coronavirus prevention plans and encourage hand-washing.
A new statewide report from the TEA shows that more than 600,000 students didn't complete assignments or respond to teacher outreach during the pandemic.
A high-tension hearing is expected Monday as the Texas State Board of Education begins considering changes to its statewide policy for health education, including teaching middle schoolers about contraception.
"It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers, and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall," said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath.
"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” Clarksville High School graduated 37 students with a message of hope.
Daily temperature checks and supervised hand-washing are some of the safety rules for schools that decide to hold in-person classes this summer, under new guidance from the Texas Education Agency.
Clarksville High School will host an in-person graduation on June 6 in the New Century Club Stadium at 10 a.m.
The Clarksville ISD board of trustees held its normally scheduled meeting on Thursday via Zoom call. At the meeting, scheduling for activities during the Head Start program has been moved around to optimize time for students and staff.
“I think TEA is doing the best they can under the circumstances,” Prairiland Superintendent Jeff Ballard said. “I do appreciate the communication we have received from them.”