Preparing for the new school year is always stressful, but this year is going to be particularly hard on Texas families. Districts are still trying to put together plans for reopening schools during a pandemic, and while the federal government is pushing for students to be in classrooms at the beginning of the school year, the Texas Education Agency is prepared to give districts time to transition.

In an interview with with KTRK-TV Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott was asked about the TEA's plan to allow school districts a three-week extension period during which schools could offer online-only classes before transitioning to on-campus learning.

Gov. Abbott said TEA Commissioner Mike Morath would be speaking with superintendents about the extension in the coming days, and that he's expected to grant the extension.

"This is going to have to be a local level decision, but there will be great latitude and flexibility provided at the local level," Abbott said. Many large districts in Texas metro areas have already said they'll take the three weeks.

Temple ISD has opted to provide both in-class and online options to families as part of their Safe Return to School plan. You can access an online copy of that plan here.

Belton ISD is expected to release details of a plan that also includes virtual and in-person learning options as well.

Killeen ISD will release details about its plan on Wednesday, July 15.

Copperas Cove ISD sent an email to parents this week detailing their plan, which also provides options for both virtual and in-person learning. You can read their plan online here.

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