LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Longview Independent School District is keeping families and staff informed regarding how it’s planning for the upcoming school year.
Board members recently received results of a survey about different calendar options and start dates for the 2020-21 school year, including one suggested by the Texas Education Agency.
The results of the survey indicated that more than half of respondents preferred not to make any changes to the original district calendar that was approved on March 18.
“Whenever they tell us we’re ready for school, I’m willing to start; with precautions,” said Sonya Jones, a fifth grade science teacher for Longview ISD.
Jones said she loves teaching and can’t wait to get back to it, but she’s concerned it may be too soon to do so.
“I think it feels a little early because we’re at our highest peak with reported cases,” said Jones.
Jones originally voted in the district’s survey to start on August 17, but now things have changed.
“It’s hard to gauge starting school versus you being on vacation and me working out in the gym,” said Jones. “Those different kinds of things, that’s just something that’s hard to gauge.”
Morgan Bell is a Longview ISD parent. She said she voted for the August 17 start date, as well.
“Most of the parents are used to the regular school schedule, so I think most parents went with that because they knew when we would get out for different breaks,” said Bell. “A lot of parents work, so I think it aligned with their schedules also.”
Results from the survey show nearly 60 percent of English-speaking families had no health concerns about their children returning to school and 26 percent of Spanish-speaking families.
“When it comes to health concerns, I’m concerned about it but hopefully we can do what’s best for the children,” said Bell. “We know the COVID-19 is going on and all we can do is pray about it and take the safety measures, like wearing masks and gloves when we’re out. I’m hoping if they do start school back that things will be okay."
The district’s superintendent said the district will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and follow guidance from the Governor Abbott, the Texas Education Agency and local officials.