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Killeen ISD asking parents, faculty for input before making decision on reopening in the fall

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 19:59:06-04

KILLEEN, TX — Fall is just around the corner, and it's up to the local school district's board of trustees to decide if students will be able to return and receive face-to-face instruction.

“In the event that students and/or parents don’t feel comfortable returning, and or for whatever reason COVID-19 related, we need to have the virtual platform ready to go from day one,” said Superintendent Dr. John Craft.

In addition to collaborating with the Texas Education Agency, the Governor’s Office, and the CDC, Killeen ISD has launched a 52-question survey to get parent and community feedback before making decisions about the fall semester.

“We have over eight thousand responses already. In fact, the survey company we are using indicated that we are the first district that's overrun their capacity to process the survey responses,” said Dr. Craft.

The hope is for students to be able to return to campuses on August 17th, however Killeen ISD is still uncertain.

Dr. Craft said with both state and national guidance, along with closely evaluating the results of the survey, the board of trustees will then decide a course of action.

Some of the questions on the survey include if parents felt comfortable sending their children back to school, how many students should be in a classroom at one time, and if parents would like to see more virtual learning components.