On Monday, Senator John Cornyn joined students, teachers and administrators at Lubbock I.S.D.
But, in true pandemic fashion, it was a meeting done somewhat in-person and somewhat online via video conference.
Since May, the senior senator from Texas has urged citizens to return to some normalcy, but in a safe way.
"This virus is not going away, we need to figure out how to live our lives and how to educate our students with the virus being present," he said.
Cornyn applauded the district for leading by example. Using almost $8 million of CARES Act money to make the return to the classroom as safe as possible.
"We're very proud at LISD that we are open for business. Our business is teaching and caring for every kid, every day. And we're proud that we're offering families choices," Board President Zach Brady said.
A district representative confirmed Monday that only 31 positive cases and possible exposures have been reported since school started 2 weeks ago.
Those "possible exposures" include students and staff who are staying at home as a precaution due to being in close contact with a positive case. They are not actual cases.
"People can look at what's happening here in West Texas and say that's what we need to do. If they can do it, then we can too," the senator said.
He also says, during the pandemic, he realized that internet access was a need and not just a convenience.
To make sure all students could succeed with remote learning Lubbock ISD used some of its CARES Act money to set up 1,200 wi-fi hot spots around district.
"When it comes to our students going back to school, where if some of them are not ready to come back, some of them don't have access to the broadband. And so, they are at a big disadvantage," the senator said. "Congress has made a significant to help with increasing access to broadband, but we need to do more," he added.
He is expected to return to Washington after Labor Day Weekend to begin work on another COVID relief package.