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District Health/Safety Message to Parents

April 27, 2021

 

Dear DSISD Families,
 
Thank you all for partnering with us this year as we have navigated education in the pandemic and for following our safety protocols, which has positioned DSISD to continue to offer in-person school in the safest possible environment for staff and students.
 
On April 16, the district shared with our families that we would be making some adjustments to our COVID protocols starting May 3, 2021. We wanted to remind our families about these adjustments, which resulted from recommendations of the COVID Preparedness Team following a review of data and updated guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The COVID Preparedness Team will meet again in the near future to review any new data and updated guidance that is available.

We all want to return to our normal lives, but as a district we are approaching that transition responsibly by “stair-stepping” with our protocol updates. The following items have been recommended to take steps towards getting the school environment back to normalcy in a safe manner while adhering to the safety protocols.

● Masks will be optional for students engaged in physical activity outside during PE and recess while social distancing. If social distancing cannot be maintained, masks should be worn. At this time, masks will continue to be required indoors.
● PTAs can return to school for meetings (after hours) while following school safety protocols.
● As allowed by CDC and TEA and noted in their guidance, along with case numbers in the county, spacing in classrooms will move to three feet.
● Outdoor event capacity has been increased to 50 percent while maintaining social distance.
● Campuses may allow parent participation in meetings (i.e. ARDS, 504s, New Family Tours, registration appointments), by appointment and following school safety protocols.
● Graduation capacity is being increased to 8 tickets per senior while maintaining social distance.

We continue to update the district dashboard of COVID cases daily; please check it to view our district’s current status. We also continue to send campus notifications when positive cases are reported and to directly contact those who are identified as close contacts.
 
Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff. We look forward to working together to continue our collaborative efforts during our final month of school.
 
Sincerely,
Brett Springston
interim Superintendent