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Austin Public Schools looking at distance learning for grades K-6

Brett Bachtle
Updated: September 25, 2020 02:45 PM
Created: September 24, 2020 06:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) - With 200 students and rising in quarantine, Austin Public Schools is looking at distance learning options for kindergarten through sixth-grade students.

While no student's K-6 have tested positive for COVID-19, there have been 5 positive cases of COVID-19 at the high school, and hundreds throughout the district are either showing symptoms or have been exposed to the virus.

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“What we’ve found because of the rules and regulations we have to follow, if any student comes to school with any symptoms that we observe, they have to be sent home for 14 days,” said Superintendent David Krenz.

Krenz says the preparation it takes to teach that many students from home is a tremendous burden on teachers. The school is now looking at adding distance learning to kindergarten through sixth grade schedules. The students would stay home on Wednesdays to give teachers time to prepare and plan.

“We wanted to match it with Wednesday because of the secondary being on Wednesday. If there’s secondary kids that are home, they could provide the daycare opportunities. We’re also working on how we can provide daycare,” Krenz said.

Krenz hopes adding the flex day will also help decrease the number of quarantined students. He says right now those numbers could be troubling for the district.

“The quarantine could cause the state to come in and say you’ve got to close down. We don’t want to have to go there. We don’t want to have to go entirely distance learning,” said Krenz.

The district would implement the changes from October 7th through November 18th.


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