Parents of Terrell public school children will be presented with options when the time comes for kids to return to school later this summer.

Supt. Georgeanne Warnock told the school board this week that the district realizes Terrell parents have varying degrees of comfort about sending their kids back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest data from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows coronavirus cases rising in Texas, including in Kaufman County.

In a survey of parents that drew 907 responses, 24.1% said they were not concerned about their children returning to school. The majority of respondents, 55.8%, said they were slightly to moderately concerned but still planned to send their children back to school. A total of 21.1% said they preferred to continue with virtual learning at home.

A survey of 449 staff and teachers found that 38.1% were not concerned about returning to the classroom, 59% were slightly to moderately concerned, and about 3% did not believe they could return to school in an in-person setting.

Warnock said the district took into account the surveys before fashioning a plan that gives parents the following three choices:

1. A plan that relies on virtual, at-home learning but with more structure.

2. A hybrid plan for students in grades 6-12 that allows them to take core classes online – or virtually – but still attend in-person classes for career tech or courses that require hands-on instruction, such as welding.

3. A complete return to in-person school.

Warnock explained that health protocols will be in place in schools with respect to hand-washing, social distancing, sanitation and personal protective equipment.

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