KLEIN, Texas – Tuesday morning school kicked off for thousands of students at Klein Independent School District. About half the district’s students are learning virtually, while the other half are back in school.
“We’re so proud of our teachers. We’re so grateful for our families and just excited that school is back in session at Klein ISD," said Jenny McGown, Klein ISD Superintendent.
Donte Berry, 14, is a freshman at Klein Cain High School and is one of many students trying to get adjusted to a new school.
“I am trying to learn how to get to each class,” Berry said.
Berry said choosing in-class learning over virtual learning was an easy decision for him.
“When I am at home, I can easily look up Disney plus and get distracted,” he said.
Barry’s concerned about the coronavirus but confident with the safety measures put in place.
“I am more nervous about high school than COVID, after a long time of already dealing with this you already know what to do,” Berry said.
At Klein Cain High School a number of COVID-19 safety precautions are in place, including directional one-way walkways, hand sanitizer stations, partitions in the cafeteria and social distancing in classrooms.
“We have done so much work, I am so proud of my admin team, they have done a phenomenal job of getting the campus ready,” said Nicole Patin, principal of Klein Cain High School.
Patin said the campus is safe for students and school administrators.
“I am a parent of a Klein ISD student myself and he is on campus for his first day too,” she said.
Samantha Fowler, a parent at Krahn Elementary School, said that the in-person classes are the best for her children.
“My children have learning disabilities, so they actually need the one-on-one teacher help and the extra classes they can do. And since I myself have learning disabilities, I can’t do the online schooling for my children," Fowler said.
Klein ISD reported no major issues after the first day of class. Officials credited the simulation for the lack of major disruptions.