Health Officials Order Tarrant County Schools Not To Reopen Campuses For In-Person Teaching – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County students will not return to school in person.
Tarrant County Public Health authorities issued an order Tuesday that allows students to stay home and earn practically through at least the end of September.
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In Fort Worth, more than half of students who signed up for the Fall 2020 semester said they wanted to return to class in person next month. And that was the Fort Worth Independent School District’s plan yesterday.
But everything changed on Tuesday morning after three local health officials signed an order banning children from returning to classrooms.
“We wanted students and teachers to be safe,” said FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner. “Everyone wants students to go back to school, but we want to do it safely.”
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The order states that schools cannot reopen until September 28th. All teaching must be virtual, although teachers are allowed to do so on campus.
After listening to doctors and talking to school officials who were part of the conversation, the timing was largely based on surges in cases that had occurred after the recent vacation. They wanted to wait until a few weeks after Labor Day and for each new rise before students and staff could be together again.
“We hope that, just like in May, we can see a decline and reopen schools as it is obviously very difficult to keep schools closed,” said Vinny Taneja, director of public health. “There’s a lot of community impact.”
There are some exceptions to the public health regime. Special education can be carried out personally if necessary. This also applies to students who only have limited access to an Internet connection
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While private religious schools are not covered by the ordinance, doctors who signed the ordinance on Tuesday urged them to implement it.