Houston nonprofit hosts virtual Austin school fair for families

The Houston nonprofit is hosting an Austin virtual school fair for families

The Austin virtual school fair featured 30 schools that were able to chat live with families and students about their school and programs.

On Saturday, Families Empowered hosted an opportunity for families to come together and learn about schools in the community.

“Not only will you be empowered through education in the classroom, but you will learn as much as you can through the process,” said Annette Van Brunt, president of Van Brunt & Associates, Inc.

The Austin virtual school fair featured 30 schools that were able to chat live with families and students about their school and programs.

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“We are really passionate about our families,” said Families Empowered CEO and Founder Colleen Dippel. “We believe in them.”

Dippel said school enrollment is falling mainly due to the pandemic and parents wanting to keep their children at home.

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Doctors say there are opportunities for you to have conversations with your school to see how they are handling procedures related to COVID-19. For example, you can ask them questions like: What kind of cleaning do you do? How often do you do this? Is it between students or just at the end of the day? And does it include these touch-sensitive surface areas?

Over the course of 2020, many students have gotten used to online learning in some way.

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Schools are trying to keep up with the ever-changing COVID-19 case numbers

Together with Round Rock ISD, schools in the Austin area have tried to ride the waves day in and day out.

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For Shea Mackin, with the Texas Chapter of the National Coalition for Public School Options, she said, don’t expect it might produce better results for some students.

“Maybe your student was at home and they were a C for some reason and now they’re really fine and thriving in online school,” said Mackin, adding it was important to remember that all children learn differently and it is important to find a school that works best for them.

For more information on Families Empowered, visit their website.

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