Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired starts in-person classes

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is ready to head back to the classroom for in-person classes, but they’re facing unique challenges with the pandemic.

“Mary Rose is waking up every morning eager to start classes on Zoom,” said Patty Bushland, whose daughter Mary Rose goes to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

On Aug. 17, the school started with virtual classes, which lasted four weeks.

“I do a lot of reading and math,” Mary Rose said.

Most of the lessons involve Zoom calls and specialized lesson plans.

“Zoom for many of our students isn’t about participating visually, but it is auditory and listening to the conversation and participating in that way,” said Daniel Wheeler, the instructional technology coordinator for TSBVI.

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Out of the 130 full time students, 30 will attend class on campus while the rest continue virtually.

“Our kids have some really unique educational needs some of which can’t really be met fully in a remote environment,” Superintendent Emily Coleman said.

Like most schools, they will follow safety guidelines like requiring masks and limiting class size, but their guidelines …

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