IL Texas students return to classes in College Station

Hundreds of students are now back at the free public charter school.
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 3:02 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) -Students are already back to school at the International Leadership of Texas Charter School in College Station. Thursday morning was their first day back.

There are plenty of changes from wearing masks, restricting access inside the building to social distancing procedures. School leadership said Thursday morning it’s about a 50 - 50 split between in-person and virtual learning. Parents have the opportunity to change their child’s learning preference every six weeks. We asked school administrators about their back to school message for parents.

“Just keep reading our emails, watching our videos. We’re trying to get information out as quickly and as best we can to communicate all of our procedures here at the school,” said Zachary Bolzan, an IL Texas Assistant Principal. “Everybody’s following CDC guidelines, wearing our masks, practicing social distancing so we’re doing the best we can to keep everybody safe.”

The school said enrollment is full, between in-person and online learning they have more than 1,400 students currently.

“Sending our kids back to school is a scary thing right now it’s all unknown and we’re prepared for anything as parents,” said Pamela Walker. She had stopped by the school mid-day to pick up some packets for her two kids.

“Yeah they’ve been home since spring break so they’re excited to be able to get out everyday now,”said Walker.

Only students and essential people are being allowed inside but the campus shared photos of what things look like.

”Our hallways, our transitions obviously look a little bit differently, but we’re adapting. We have our kids spaced out in the hallways as they transition from one period to another again everyone wearing masks and washing hands, hand sanitizer and some cleaning stations,” added Bolzan.

“My advice for parents; do what’s best for your family. Some parents are choosing virtual, some are choosing to be on campus and everybody has different needs,” said Ebony Searles, an Assistant Principal at the school who also had three kids of her own attending.

“I think that the schools are doing the best they can with what we have. I think if we keep a positive attitude about it and just kind of work as a team with the school, I think it’ll be fine. I think the kids will be great,” said Walker.

There is currently a waiting list to attend the school. The IL Texas campus in College Station offers classes for Kindergarten through 10 grade.

We have more about the school here.

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