Snapshot of what in-person school looks like in a pandemic


Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to reflect that Chane Rascoe is the superintendent of Lampasas ISD.

THRALL, Texas (KXAN) — What’s to come for all Central Texas schools is taking shape. Students learning, playing, eating with distance — the new school code and norm during the pandemic.

We’re getting our first look at what school looked like for Thrall Independent School District, one of the first districts in Central Texas to return to school.

A student prepares to go down a slide during recess. (Courtesy: Thrall ISD)

Nearly 75% of Thrall ISD’s student body opted for in-person learning, but they won’t all attend at once. Half will go on Mondays and Thursdays. The other half will attend Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are virtual for everyone. There already have been some virtual hiccups for other school districts.

“We realize this is a huge risk,” said Thrall ISD Superintendent Tommy Hooker. “But we feel like our protocol and what we plan on doing with the students and staff, we feel like we will be able to prevent things and we will evaluate it daily.”

Thrall ISD has been posting to Facebook about how the first week has gone, saying their Tiger students are amazing. More of those images are in the gallery at the bottom of the page.

You can see kids are definitely spread out, but many of the parents who posted on the district’s Facebook page said that their children were excited to go back to school and see their friends. And the superintendent says they are doing what they feel they must do to still have in-person school.

“We felt like the only way to pull this off was to have small crowds that weren’t mixing,” Hooker said.

Lampasas ISD also went back to school on Monday. He says the real test will be next week.

“If there are kids that are actually infected, and some of them are asymptomatic, that next week, when they go home, and their parents start showing symptoms we could see an influx, so we are trying to prepare for that,” Lampasas ISD Superintendent Chane Rascoe said.

Despite some complaints, Rascoe believes the start is going better than expected.

And if you’re curious about what steps your district is taking for your student, you can learn more about each district on our KXAN “Set for School” page.

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