Borderland grade schools preparing for possible border closure

El Paso News

Weekdays some students cross the border from Juarez to go to classes in El Paso. Some students are on a student visa and others are Americans.

Local schools said they are prepared in case the border were to shutdown.

About 70 percent of students at Lydia Patterson Institute live in Juarez.

The school said students will be able to continue their classes even if they can’t travel to school.

“We’re prepared to do whatever we need to do in order for the students to continue to attend their classes,” said Socorro De Anda, the Lydia Patterson President.

Students already use a program with tablets, a program that can be catered for students to do all their work online.

“We’ll be able to transmitt our classes to them via their computers, tablets or even their phones,” De Anda said.

In the event the border closes while students are still on the El Paso side, the private school plans to find places for students to stay.

Clint ISD said an emergency shelter will be available for any students living in Juarez who may get stuck in El Paso.

Officials in the Socorro district said they met with DHS and CBP. They say their anticipated role right now is to share information.

EPISD said the district is developing strategies to cope with the impact that includes parents who work in Mexico and may not be able to pick up their kids.

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