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9 Fort Bend schools campuses are going back to virtual learning due to COVID, inadequate staffing

The schools will only offer virtual learning starting the week of Jan. 25.

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Several Fort Bend ISD campuses are transitioning to virtual learning for at least a week starting Monday, Jan. 25 due to COVID, the district has announced. 

Editor's note: the video in this story covers the latest COVID headlines as of Jan. 25, 2021

The original list announced last week included seven schools, but two additional campuses were added:

"The FBISD COVID Response Team monitors COVID related data and activities each day in an effort to mitigate the spread of illness and maintain the continuity of regular school and business operations within the District. Following careful consideration, the decision has been made for Madden Elementary, James Patterson Elementary, Pecan Grove Elementary, Ridgemont Elementary, Ridgemont Early Literacy Center, Hodges Bend Middle School, Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Travis High School and the James Reese Career and Technical Center to pivot from face-to-face instruction to online learning effective Monday, January 25, 2021, through the remainder of the week."

The district said its COVID response team looked at a wide range of data and came to the conclusion that each of these seven campuses couldn't be adequately staffed, which hindered face-to-face instruction.

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These campuses have moved to a Level 3 (Red) threat level, as outlined by the FBISD COVID Response Plan.

The district said this transition is contingent upon campus staffing and several other environmental factors. 

"It is our intention to return to face-to-face instruction for students currently designated for face-to-face learning for Term 3 once we are able to do so. A status update will be provided at the end of next week," the district wrote on its website. 

Read more on the school district's website here.