Why Hays CISD decided not to change its virtual learning format with the start of in-person classes

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — More than 9,000 students returned to Hays CISD campuses Monday.

It was the first day everyone — 46% — who opted for in-person learning could do so.

The rest — 54% — are continuing virtually. That means many teachers are navigating split classrooms.

“I teach floral design, and then interior design and principles of architecture,” explains Tiffany Stratton of Johnson High School.

It’s her first year teaching teens.

“Last year, I actually taught kindergarten, so it’s a little different,” Stratton said.

The original back-to-campus plan for Hays CISD called for seven periods a day for about 50 minutes each.

But Stratton is glad the school board decided last week to keep a block schedule, which has been utilized for the first three weeks of virtual learning.

A health checklist at Johnson High School Sept. 28, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)
A health checklist at the Johnson
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State officials recently announced less than half-a-percent of the estimated 1.1 million students in public schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since students returned to school. New online reports indicate approximately 2,344 students have tested positive for COVID-19 statewide of those attending in-person classes so far this year, Texas Education Agency (TEA) officials announced in a press release Thursday (Sept. 17). A total of 2,175 on-campus district employees tested positive during the same time period. TEA officials say new totals will be posted online daily on the Texas Department of heath and Human Services site via a partnership between the two agencies. Starting Monday, the counts will include counts provided by individual school districts as well a state-wide data. School districts were instructed in recent weeks to upload case data via TEA reporting and information is uploaded every Monday. Antibody tests, which indicate a previous infection, are not included in

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