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Texas students, frustrated by limited COVID-19 protocols, turn to petition drives and walkouts

The omicron variant has resulted in record-high COVID-19 cases in Texas schools. Despite student and staff absences, one Round Rock student said schools are remaining open for in-person learning “while everything around us is falling down.”

Student Eliana Smith stands in front of Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock on Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 2022. Smith was one of the organizers of local high school protests in favor of greater COVID-19 regulations in schools.

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