Some students in Dallas, Arlington and Irving are headed back to school in-person Monday.
Both the Dallas and Arlington districts are giving parents the choice of keeping their kids in virtual classes or returning to school for in-person classes.
In Dallas, pre-K and Kindergarten students are returning today. So are students who are moving up to a new school this year. Kids returning to the same campus can return Monday, October 5.
There's a phased-in schedule for older students in October. Masks will be mandatory and desks will be spaced out.
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says about 54% of families chose in-person classes, up about ten percent over the past week.
Dallas ISD has launched an online dashboard where families can track COVID-19 cases within the district. Through Monday morning, Dallas ISD was reporting 16 cases: seven are students, seven are campus staff and two are central staff.
Of the seven students, two are at Skyline High School and one each was at Hillcrest and North Dallas High Schools, Rusk Middle School and Ireland and Withers Elementary Schools.
In Irving, optional in-person learning begins Monday.
"I have missed seeing you in our hallways, in our classrooms, and I know your teachers and administrators have, too," Superintendent Magda Hernandez said in a video posted on Facebook, referring to Monday as "Irving first day, take two."
Hernandez laid out safety precautions, including a mask requirement for kids when they arrive at school and ride the bus. Hand sanitation stations will be placed throughout buildings, and students will be urged to wash hands frequently with hot water for at least 20 seconds.
"Things may look a little different around school, but I want to assure you our end goal is the same: your safety and success," Hernandez says.
Arlington ISD also opens for a hybrid system Monday. Families in Arlington could also choose between in-person or distance learning. Kids returning in person will be split up by last name and return in class certain days of the week.
At a meeting ten days ago, Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos said about 50% of parents favored distance learning, 40% were planning for in-person learning and 10% were undecided.