This year, Red River Valley school districts tried something they’d never done before: remote learning. But for many, it hasn’t seemed to be working.
Covid-19 cases remain steady at Red River Valley schools while the number of cases reported in Lamar County surge with an additional 207 cases reported last week by the Paris/Lamar County Health District.
The number of students quarantined because of close contact at school with individuals testing positive for Covid-19 continues to climb.
A faculty member at Detroit High School has tested positive for Covid-19, the district announced on their Facebook page Wednesday, marking the second case for the district.
Detroit ISD is off to a running start in the 2020-21 school year. As with all other schools, Covid-19 has been a major concern.
Due to Covid-19, many veteran substitute teachers have decided not to return to campuses leaving some school districts strapped for extra staff.
Covid-19 infections continue at some Red River Valley schools while others remain free of the novel coronavirus.
With the exception of Clarksville ISD and Detroit ISD, all schools in the Red River Valley are reporting at least one confirmed Covid-19 case among students and/or staff members.
As of Thursday, every district in the region, with the exception of Clarksville and Detroit, has at least one staff member or student out with the novel coronavirus. As of press time, it was not clear whether Rivercrest had reported a confirmed case.
Starting Sept. 8, Texas education officials will require all school districts to fill out forms weekly reporting new cases, including whether the infections occurred on or off campus and if the campus closed as a result.
As Detroit ISD students head back to school, there’s excitement in the air and masks for all faculty. “Like everybody else, we’re kind of figuring it out as we go,” Principal Henry Sharp said. “But my teachers have been working on it, and I think we’ve pretty much got it down.”
Quality Care ER donated student size face shields for Detroit ISD’s K-3 students to wear during classroom learning. From left are Byron Prince VP, Christa Johnson RN, Detroit Superintendent Kathie Thompson, Jessie Spears RT, Chance Lawson BOM and Taylor Slagle RN.
The state is facing “a severe drop in revenue” as lawmakers look to fund state programs already in place, State Rep. Gary VanDeaver said Tuesday during a visit with the Kiwanis Club of Paris. Education remains a priority, he said.
Lamar Electric Cooperative awarded six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are active co-op members.
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.
Detroit ISD will begin its school year Aug. 21.
PATTONVILLE - Prairiland ISD will begin classes Aug. 24, school trustees decided at a special noon meeting today. Teachers are to report Aug. 10, and school will be out May 27, 2021, for summer break.
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.
Detroit ISD will open its doors to students on Aug. 19. The school district is planning for both in-class and remote learning options as permitted by the Texas Education Agency.
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.