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VISD holding special meeting on Thursday


The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration building boardroom.

The only action item on the agenda is approval to purchase more Chromebooks.

The board has previously discussed the need for the computers in case the district has to offer distance learning in the upcoming school year due to coronavirus concerns.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has hinted he might be rethinking plans to open the state’s public schools for in-person classes this fall, after state officials said last month that it would be safe.

“If COVID is so serious, it may mean that students are having to learn from home through a distance learning program, something like the use of Zoom or FaceTime or other strategies where a teacher in real time will have the means to speak with a student, a student will be able to speak with other students, and it will replicate the class setting as much as possible,” he said.

State officials have delayed the release of guidelines for in-person instruction as cases have continued to rise. But a draft version last month showed they were planning to leave safety regulations up to individual school districts instead of issuing mandates.

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