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As fall progresses, Texas public school superintendents are realizing that virtual instruction simply is not working for thousands of students across the state.

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Marisela Maddox's two children complete their online schooling from home, a reason she decided she needed to bring in extra help.

Marisela Maddox is no stranger to the nanny game, having hired at-home caregivers in the past to help with her two children, ages 5 and 10.

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As some children gear up to head back to school, many parents are wondering what to expect next with their child's learning.

For Ashley McGuire, mother of 6-year-old Mason, in-person schooling can't come quickly enough. The online process, she said, is lonely and has been frustrating for everyone in the family.

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After weeks of sustained decline, the Austin area is seeing a slight increase in the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases, which local health authorities attributed to spread among older children and young adults.

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Students sit distanced from one another in the lunch room at Jacob's Well Elementary School in Wimberley.

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On a normal first day of school, Texas children would wake up early to cram into school buses, eager to huddle and chat with their friends in the hallways before streaming toward their classrooms.

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Louis, an Austin business owner and father, knows three couples right now who are getting divorced.

With his own 20-year marriage on the rocks, he would, in other times, be joining their ranks. But he's been furloughed and their kid is about to start college.

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In the hills of West Austin, bordered by the Colorado River and Barton Creek, Eanes ISD schools ease back into the school year with a stockpile of student laptops and tablets and a bevy of teachers at ease with virtual learning tools.

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My son in his living-room-classroom-ish setting, on Friday, wrapping up his first week of online kindergarten.

We had questions. So, so many questions.

None of them, incidentally, about how we would manage at-home learning for our soon-to-be kindergartner.

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