Rivercrest ISD will not require masks unless Red River County goes over 20 active cases when school starts on Aug. 28. The school board also set the tax rate at $1.2884 per $100 at Monday night’s meeting.
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.
The Rivercrest ISD board will review the proposed budget and tax rate for 2020-2021 at Monday night’s board meeting.
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.
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.
The building projects total costs is $5.3 million, district financial director Tiffany Mabe said.
Rivercrest ISD students can expect to start school Aug. 28, according to the district’s website. District officials said the end of the school year will be May 27 and graduation is planned for May 28.
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.
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.
Rivercrest ISD is in the process of changing its fight song and it will paint over the image of a Confederate soldier in its high school gym, officials announced Wednesday evening on Facebook.
"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.
Rivercrest ISD 2020 seniors celebrated their graduation at a touchless ceremony, and they remembered their missing classmate as well.
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.
In line with Gov. Greg Abbot’s allowances for rural school districts, Rivercrest High School will host its 2020 graduation ceremony May 29 at Rebel Stadium.