Klein ISD Superintendent pens letter to Harris County, Houston health officials asking for better guidance

HOUSTON – School districts in Harris County will not return to partial in-person learning until at least Sept. 8, according to an order signed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

Officials cited the county’s high coronavirus positivity rate, requiring school districts that had planned to offer both online and in-person learning to pivot.

The Klein Independent School District was one of them and its superintendent asked county health leaders Tuesday for clarity on how and when school campuses will be considered safe enough for in-person learning to return. 

“Continuing to run a race without a finish line is no longer an option for us,” wrote Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown.

What’s the issue? 

McGown said while all school districts have trained for the race, for the most part, it’s become a challenge to continue to alter plans without much notice — plans that took months to develop.

“We have been hard at work since April planning for the start of this school year,” McGown said. 

READ: Klein ISD shares plan for reopening schools for 2020-2021 school year

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