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Ask 2: What options are schools providing during the virtual instruction period for students whose parents are essential workers?

In this March 17, 2020 photo Elliott Bucks, works on an online class assignment from his sixth grade class at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School in his bedroom in Beaverton, Ore. Oregon has shut down schools through April 28 and some districts have put optional activities online, though they are not meant to replace the regular curriculum.(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
In this March 17, 2020 photo Elliott Bucks, works on an online class assignment from his sixth grade class at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School in his bedroom in Beaverton, Ore. Oregon has shut down schools through April 28 and some districts have put optional activities online, though they are not meant to replace the regular curriculum.(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

Question: Are schools offering an option for students who are children of essential workers to complete their virtual classes while physically at school?

Answer: Resources vary by district.

Fort Bend ISD, for example, is designating schools within its district that will serve as learning centers where students whose parents can’t work remotely will be able to complete their virtual courseload while being monitored by an adult staff member.

While not every district has created such accommodations, several daycares have stepped up to offer assistance with schoolwork during the virtual instruction period.

Additionally, many Houston-area parents have connected in Facebook groups to form learning pods with students in the same grade, from the same schools.

KPRC 2 is providing reopening outlines with the latest updates for more than 40 Houston-area school districts. Find all our back-to-school coverage here.

For a quick glance at your school district and what others are doing, click here.

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