Officials with the Education Service Center Region 19 released a COVID-19 on campus attendance plan Friday.
Given the rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Region 19 school districts, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and support from the El Paso Delegation and Health Authorities, initiated a plan to address the safety of students, teachers and school staff.
School districts will continue to offer remote instruction for all families. School districts will mitigate on-campus instruction based on tri-county hospitalization information from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The hospitalization rates are categorized in four types of emergency percentage Zones which impact the day-to-day operations of school districts. The counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson are currently in the Red Zone with a hospitalization rate of 32%.
All school systems in the region will take steps to implement this as a minimum framework no later than Monday, November 9, 2020.
To assist with adoption, rapid COVID-19 testing will be made available for those districts to coincide with the start (or continuation of) on-campus instruction. Since we are currently in the Red Zone, any school system already offering on campus instruction to priority students will have testing made available to them. As districts move into different Zones, testing will be made available for on-campus staff and students.