Letter to Community
Hopefully, you are all having a great summer and staying safe. We are now thirty-two days from the beginning of school which begins August 10th, 2020! SISD administrators and principals have been in close contact with TEA and the CDC for guidance to ensure a safe and efficient reopening of our schools in August.
Our administrators have been working through multiple scenarios to make sure our schools open safely for the 2020-2021 school year:
· Scenario #1: Return to Classroom, (PK-12): Students will report to campus five days a week and resume a normal school day schedule with face-to-face instruction. All campuses and buildings will implement safety measures by sanitizing extensively, educating students and staff on the safety protocols, physical distancing students, adjusting how students enter and exit buildings, and managing transitions between classrooms. Classroom desks will be properly distanced and face masks will be available if desired.
· Scenario #2: Remote Learning (PK-12): Parents can choose to have their children taught remotely five days a week and daily attendance will be taken. TEA has provided new guidance to schools on this topic.
Students who are taught remotely will follow the same challenging curriculum as students in scenario #1. Students will be held to the same standard academically and, for attendance purposes, must be engaged daily like the students who are learning on-campus. Teachers will administer on-line learning one of two ways: Synchronous instruction, which is two-way real time communication between the student and teacher or Asynchronous instruction, which includes pre-recorded videos and pre-assigned work that does not require the instructor and student engaging at the same time.
There are many moving pieces to these plans. As we receive further guidance from TEA and the Texas Department of Health, we will adapt accordingly as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves.
To that end, we will regularly update our plans as they continue to take shape. We encourage you to keep checking for the latest information. The first day of school is rapidly approaching. In the meantime, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Wm. Clay Montgomery
Superintendent of Schools