Students and parents may see a number of changes to their school's schedule come the fall. State officials are considering starting classes in early August.
Members of the Texas Education Agency say if and when students return for the next school year, they'll likely need to start earlier to build in make-up days. Education officials across the state have been considering how the school structure could change to brace for building closures and student absence amid fears of the virus. David Dillard, education expert and President of KD College Prep in Dallas, agrees with starting sooner.
“If we don’t know where we are going to have the disruptions, then schools frankly need to be prepared for a continuous year and take the breaks where they’re demanded,” Dillard said.
Dillard says other ideas include students coming to school for half day shifts or on alternate days to reduce congestion on campus.
TEA officials have not mandated or recommended any changes yet, but they're gaining input from educators.