Still awaiting direction from the state regarding a fall schedule, Nacogdoches ISD administrators canceled summer learning programs for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

NISD in May postponed the start of summer school until July 6.

“We were considering hosting some classes in person under guidelines provided by TEA,” Nacogdoches ISD spokesman Les Linebarger said.

But there was limited interest, he said, with many parents concerned about virus spread and others weary from dealing with online schooling while campuses were closed.

Meanwhile, Nacogdoches High is continuing with its first session of credit recovery programs with students accessing an online program from home. A second session of credit recovery set to begin July 6 will allow students to be on campus at the high school.

Looking forward, the school year is still expected to begin on Aug. 24, unless other direction is given by the Texas Education Agency. In a briefing for Texas school superintendents Tuesday afternoon, state officials did not release any guidelines for in-person classes for the coming school year.

The briefing largely addressed online resources offered by districts, local school officials said.

Draft documents reportedly posted mistakenly to the TEA website did issue safety recommendations but left mandates up to individual districts, the Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday.

A parent survey sent out by Nacogdoches ISD over the summer shows 53% prefer the original school start date of Aug. 24, while 42% were OK with starting classes as early as Aug. 3.

“We wanted to let our parents and staff know, as well as the community, that we plan on classes beginning Aug. 24,” NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo said in an statement issued June 16 after the survey results were returned. “While there could be some things that happen later in the summer that affect that, our hope is we can begin classes on that date.”

In addition, the district is considering adjustments and additional days off for second half of the 2020-21 academic calendar to accommodate additional school closings if they are warranted.

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