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CCISD waits for guidance before returning students back to school

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Posted at 8:12 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 12:42:30-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Administrators with CCISD say they are waiting for guidance from the Texas Education Agency before allowing its students to return back to school.

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas public schools will reopen this fall.

When students return, school districts will not be required to mandate students to wear masks or test them for COVID-19 symptoms, said Frank Ward, a spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency.

However, in light of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, CCISD Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez issued a statement stating, "We are awaiting Texas Education Agency guidance as to what the reopening will look like. Our specific plans for reopening will be based upon TEA’s guidance. At this time, I can confirm we will be offering both on-campus and distance instruction and will be sharing specific information about those options as soon as we are able to do so."

Once the school district receives guidance from the state, they will announce plans for the return of students heading back to school on Aug. 13.

The announcement comes days after a second CCISD employee tested positive for COVID-19.