State reps plea for school COVID safety

By Sahar Chmais 

State representatives are urging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, to provide more options for schools and students for COVID-19 safety measures. 

So far, 32 state representatives have signed Rep. Vikki Goodwin’s letter to the governor and commissioner. In the letter, Goodwin states that virtual instruction should be an option for students who are at higher risk for contracting the virus. 

This concern comes after an overall surge in COVID-19 cases across Texas, where a Texas Tribune report stated that the positivity rate has gone over 10% for the first time since February. 

“Students are young and less likely to be infected,” Goodwin’s letter reads, “but some are immunocompromised and any of them can carry the virus home to older or sick family members. Families are concerned about matters of life and death.” 

State Rep. Erin Zwiener  (D-Driftwood) was among the 32 who signed the letter. 

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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