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Geneva, Comfort schools explore learning options

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As the Geneva School of Boerne continues to track news and information regarding the spread of COVID-19 and doors there remain closed through Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, the administration set up online learning options that began Monday.

“Our first priority is to keep our students, faculty, staff and school community safe,” information on Geneva’s website stated. “Our goal is to provide timely updates in regard to this evolving situation and give helpful resources.”

Last week, Abbott mandated all Texas schools close through April 3 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. So far, there have been two confirmed cases in Kendall County, both travel related.

The Geneva administration posted a letter on March 19 stating that virtual learning classes would begin Monday and continue through at least April 9. The website also has a question-and-answer link on its website.

Website information states that specific information pertaining to the school calendar, class schedules, events, practices and student requirements can be found on “ParentSquare.” It also states information will continue to be posted on the website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as it becomes available.

“May you know the peace that is only found in Jesus Christ as we navigate these uncertain times together,” the Geneva website reads. “Blessings on you and your family.”

For more information, visit www.genevaschooltx.org/covid.

Comfort ISD

Under the governor’s mandate, Comfort ISD schools also are closed at least through April 3.

Superintendent Tanya Monroe posted a letter on the district’s website explaining the situation in her district.

“Comfort ISD will be closed starting March 23 through April 3 to support our community and health care professionals in the ongoing goal of containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19,” she said. “Additionally, all extracurricular activities, practices and athletic events are suspended while we are closed. We will reassess our situation on a regular basis as we receive additional information from state and local officials.

“We do not make this decision lightly. We fully realize it presents significant difficulties to working parents. However, we are hopeful that these measures will better ensure the long-term health and safety of children, staff and the larger community.”

Monroe said CISD is working on the logistics of distance-learning options. Students will be provided with lessons from their teachers through a variety of platforms that can vary by grade level.

“At-home lessons are intended to allow students and parents to have experiences that are conducive to learning in this setting,” she said, adding students and parents should expect more detailed communication regarding at-home learning in the coming days.

The district also is working on logistics for the distribution of food to address children’s nutritional needs while school is not in session. More information and guidance will be made available on the district’s website, social media and email/phone systems.

“This is a quickly changing situation,” Monroe said. “Thank you for your support and cooperation as we strive to ensure that all members of the community in Comfort ISD stay safe and healthy.”

For more information, visit www.comfort.txed.net.