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Mission, Texas – The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees has approved a request from administration to extend remote learning for students for an additional four weeks. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) does allow districts to request the additional four-week transition window, beyond the two waivers approved earlier. If approved by the TEA means that the first day for Mission CISD parents to have the option of in-person instruction for their children is December 7. 

“The additional time will allow for the continued lowering of community spread of COVID-19,” explained Dr. Carol G. Perez, superintendent. “It will also allow us to slowly transition more students back onto the campuses in a more controlled manner that allows us time to address issues as they arrive during that transition period.”

Dr. Perez explained that the district did start allowing families without internet connectivity at home to bring their children to school for in-person, virtual instruction. This allows those students better access to lessons which are still provided by teachers virtually. Over the course of the coming weeks, this will also be offered to other students who may not be progressing well, children of essential workers, etc. 

Currently, only about 80 students are attending in-person, virtual instruction that includes students without connectivity at home and some children of district employees and families that have requested. 

All appropriate health and safety standards from the CDC, TEA, and local health officials will continue to be followed, which include: physical distancing, mask requirements, daily screenings of students/staff, limiting visitors, regular disinfecting throughout the day of commonly touched surfaces, and additional disinfecting schedules. 

As Mission CISD transitions toward allowing more students on campuses, parents will be notified and allowed the option. Dr. Perez reminds everyone that when the day arrives for the district to offer in-person instruction with teachers in the classroom on December 7, parents will still have the option to keep their children home for remote asynchronous learning. 

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