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La Feria ISD, Cameron County delay in-person instruction

By BILLY WATSON
LFN

La Feria ISD will be delaying in-person instruction until at least Sept. 24 and will be implementing remote instruction beginning Aug. 24, the school district announced July 14. The period of remote learning is subject to change.

On July 14, the LFISD Board of Trustees approved a “1-to-1 device initiative” for the upcoming school year and if a student needs a computer for remote learning, one will be provided by the district.

“The upcoming school year will look different from a traditional school year in many ways as health protocols and safety measures will be in place to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19,” LFISD Superintendent Cathy Hernandez said in a statement.

The announcement by LFISD came shortly after a joint Cameron County Health Authority and Cameron County Emergency Health Control ordered the delay of face-to-face instruction in public and private schools until after Sept 8.

In addition, the county order delayed extracurricular activities and sports from happening until schools are allowed to re-open for face-to-face on-campus instruction. In turn, this delays the start of fall sports until students return to school grounds. The release added that schools must also develop a plan for re-opening on-campus and face-to-face instruction and activities at least two weeks prior to Sept. 8. The 2020 high school football season had been set to begin on Aug. 28.

The issue of high school sports has been a hot topic all summer. The University Interscholastic League released a statement on July 10 stating that remote-learning student-athletes could participate in sports sanctioned by the UIL as long as they were enrolled in school.

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