Drew Westfahl, a St. Joseph High School history teacher, welcomed his students to class like any other first day of school. This year he said his first hellos in an empty classroom.

“There is going to be a lot more relationship building that I have to do,” Westfahl said. “That’s going to be a challenge in a virtual learning environment.”

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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