The board of trustees on Aug. 24 authorized district administrators to seek a waiver from the state to allow a hybrid instruction model at the high school level.
“This is not a waiver that we expect to use,” Superintendent Kevin Rogers told trustees before the vote. “We are asking for your approval, just as a tool in the toolbox.”
The hybrid model would only be implemented if campuses had to shut down again due to COVID-19 spread, Rogers said. This hybrid model would involve high school students spending some time in the classroom and some time learning from home.
The other main option would be a total shutdown of high school campuses and a full switch to remote learning, Rogers said.
The board’s decision came shortly before a Texas Education Agency deadline for seeking the waiver for hybrid instruction at high schools, Rogers said.
“We think there’s some merit to the hybrid model instead of going [fully] remote, but the problem right now is that TEA doesn’t allow that model for anyone other than high schools,” Rogers said.