Dr. Rollo Talks Updated Infections and Virtual Learning Problems
Tuesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The Superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District Dr. Kathy Rollo joined Dave and Matt to talk about Cooper ISD ending virtual learning, the possibility of Lubbock ISD following suit, the number of infections at Lubbock ISD school, how sports are being handled, the need for substitute teachers, and more.
Recently, the Cooper Independent School District announced that it will be ending its virtual learning program after having a large problem with students actually taking their classes, and Dr. Rollo was asked if Lubbock ISD is having similar problems. She explained that some secondary students are having trouble, and that recently the schools shut down the Chromebooks that students have been sent home with for kids who had not been doing their school work, so that the kids or parents would have to call the school to reactivate them. When asked if Lubbock ISD is considering ending virtual learning as well, Rollo said that they are not currently thinking about it due to the virus being such a problem that many want the option available for kids.
Dr. Rollo was also asked about the number of infections that have occurred since school began. Rollo explained that since the start of school on August 17th, across the 48 campuses and facilities, there have been 235 infections, 146 of which being students, and 83 being teachers. 30 occurred in August, 194 in September, and so far in October, there have been 11. Of all of these, only 1 case was proven to have been actually spread on a campus, due to a teacher not properly using her mask in a group. Additionally, she explained that there are plenty of sanitizing stations around each school, as well as bottles of sanitizer being given to students by teachers.
The Superintendent was also asked if football has undergone change, and if any games have been cancelled due to the virus. Dr. Rollo explained that football players have been wearing a special shield in front of their face to avoid infections, but that none of the Lubbock ISD teams have had to cancel games, although other teams have.
Finally, Dr. Rollo talked about their need for substitute teachers. Lubbock ISD already has problems with shortages even on a normal year, but they have been having a bigger problem recently with many of their teachers quarantining. She explains that if you are interested in face-to-face teaching, they have increased substitute pay, and you can find more info at www.lubbockisd.org.
Watch the full interview with Dr. Kathy Rollo in the video above.