Local parents enroll kids in charter schools so they can return to in-school instruction

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The City of El Paso’s mandate delaying in-person instruction expired on Labor Day, leaving some local families to look for options for their children to return to face-to-face instruction.

Clint Chamales, a father of two elementary-aged sons, said a charter school was the best option for his children.

Chamales said his sons, one in first grade and one in second grade, were previously enrolled in the El Paso Independent School District. However, EPISD has not announced when students will begin returning to class for face-to-face learning.

EPISD said it is reviewing options as it monitors conditions, along with local and state health officials. The District received an approved four-week extension to continue classes remotely after Labor Day. In the meantime, EPISD is asking parents to submit a survey with their preferences for either fully online learning, daily in-person instruction or a staggered (hybrid) version of the two.

Chamales pulled his children out of their EPISD school and enrolled them in the Linguistics Academy of El Paso charter school, which opened to students on Tuesday.

“Sitting at a desk and looking at an iPad for six to seven hours, some breaks in between, that just aren’t sufficient, it just wasn’t sustainable, so we made the decision to pull them out of the El Paso Independent School district and put them in something that offered face to face education,” Chamales said.

He said the children must practice social distancing and wear masks all day, with the exception of lunch and PE.

Chamales said this option was the better choice for his kids and family, but adds he hope he can return his children to their original school district when they begin allowing students back on campus.

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