Weeks after removing virtual learning option, COVID-19 forces Blanco ISD to go back to it

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BLANCO, Texas (KXAN)– About three weeks after Blanco Independent School district decided to get rid of virtual learning, it is now temporarily shifting all students back to it due to COVID-19.

In an update on Thursday, Blanco High School principal Patrick Hinson is taking a “super conservative” approach to the rise in community cases, saying the high school had only seen one confirmed case.

Hinson wrote they also had to quarantine “a few” students who were in close contact with a confirmed case.

“Overall, I felt like we were sitting pretty good but I could definitely see a shift coming and we wanted to get ahead of it rather than react to it,” Hinson wrote.

Hinson said he met with students on Monday to give them a heads up about possibly going remote.

He said students are expected back in class on Nov. 30 after Thanksgiving break.

Blanco ISD got rid of virtual learning in October, requiring all students to return to campus.
At the time, the district attributed this to failing grades among virtual learners and because 90% of students were already learning in-person.

Also Thursday, Fredericksburg ISD is moving all middle school classes online due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

KXAN has reached out to the district to learn more and will update this story as more details become available.

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