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Sept. 14 Remains as Start for On-Campus Option

August 25, 2020

At the August 24 DSISD Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent Todd Washburn shared a fall planning update and recommendation with the board to follow the existing schedule to resume in-person instruction on Sept. 14, 2020.

Because TEA allows districts to adopt a four-week extension to remote-only instruction with board approval, this topic was included on the meeting agenda. After Superintendent Washburn’s recommendation and board discussion, the board did not request an extension to remote-only school, which would have been an action item needing board approval. During the enrollment verification process, parents indicated their intent to send their children to school or continue with remote learning starting Sept. 14. Superintendent Washburn also reported that, starting on August 31, some students receiving special services will be phased in for on-campus instruction.

Superintendent Washburn reported on pertinent topics that contributed to the recommendation, including availability of PPE, equipment and supplies, guidance from state and local officials, recent local health data, feedback from the district’s COVID Task Force, and responses from parents and teachers regarding intent to return following the four-week remote start.

Mr. Washburn acknowledged that the recommendation was based on current conditions of the pandemic in our community and schools, and that the district will continue to monitor health conditions and be prepared to modify plans.

Health and safety protocols will be implemented on campuses when students return, including wearing of facemasks for all students and staff. The district will follow notification protocols if individuals at DSISD facilities test positive for COVID, as outlined by the Texas Education Agency in conjunction with the Department of State Health Services.

Information on return to school, including the instructional plan, is available on the Return to School webpage.