A bit of pre-COVID normalcy is returning to two more Rusk County schools as they follow Tatum ISD’s lead in canceling remote learning.

Mt. Enterprise ISD announced October 15 their intention to suspend remote-only instruction at the conclusion of this 6 week period which will end on Friday, November 6. With Monday, November 9 being a student holiday, face-to-face classes are expected to resume the following Tuesday. 

The school will continue to offer virtual instruction for those in quarantine and the option to resume virtual learning has been left on the table in case a spike in COVID-19 issues calls for school closure. 

Parents of elementary students have been notified that the school will continue to utilize the Seesaw software for newsletters, homework, and various other assignments. 

Laneville ISD has also chosen to suspend the remote learning option.

Their decision is based on the added time and stress imposed on the district’s teachers and the failure and attendance rates of virtual learners. Face-to-face learning, according to LISD administration, has proven to be the best form of instruction and the most effective way to monitor student progress. Within the eight weeks, since school resumed, LISD has reported only one positive case of COVID-19, the lowest of all Rusk County schools. 

LISD administration will continue to closely monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. 

Virtual learning will remain an option for any student required to quarantine or students who have documentation from a physician stating that due to a health condition virtual learning remains in the best interest of the child. This documentation must be presented to the school. 

Regular face-to-face classes are expected to return by Monday, October 19. 

For any parent unwilling to send their student back into the typical school environment other options are available. Parents can reach out to other districts still offering remote instruction and request transfer status. Typical homeschooling options are available but students must be withdrawn and proof of grades must be shown if the student wishes to re-enroll into the district. 

Texas Tech University offers a paid online K-12 curriculum at www.depts.ttu.edu/k12. A free version can be found at www.k12.com, www.connectionsacademy.com, and www.thoughtco.com. 

In a statement released Friday, October 16, 2020, Laneville ISD Superintendent, Teresa Shelton said, “We look forward to a return of normalcy and want to reiterate that we strongly wish to have your child back in the classroom at Laneville ISD.” 

“We will continue to take temperatures upon entry to school/bus, wear masks, social distance, use hand sanitizer upon entry of the classroom, and fog every afternoon,” she said in hopes of alleviating parent’s fears on allowing their children to reenter classroom spaces but continued on pointing out that the district could in no way guarantee that it would remain a completely virus-free environment but would take every available precaution to ensure its students’ safety. 

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