Eustace ISD releases plans to return to school – Monitor Online

Posted: August 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm

EUSTACEThe Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met Aug. 3 to discuss and consider district schools reopening. A plan was developed for the 2020-2021 school year that the Board released to parents Aug. 6. Additionally, EISD states that it will develop a plan for on-campus activities and instruction and provide it to parents and the public no later than one week prior to the start of on-campus activities and instruction.School Board President Ashley McKee said that this was a fluid plan that the board can come back and address in a later date if the situation changes. At this time, we are planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year to take place on Wednesday, Aug. 19 for both in person learning and remote learning, the districts plan states.For the first 13 days of instruction, from Aug. 19 through Sept. 4 Eustace ISD will be operating on an early release schedule releasing at 1:30 p.m. This is to help students get back into a school schedule as they have been out since the middle of March. Eustace ISD is planning on resuming full day instruction Tuesday, Sept. 8.RemoteLearning PlanEustace ISD will be offering Remote Asynchronous Instruction as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). (Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time.) This method allows Eustace ISD the flexibility to earn daily attendance through an approved plan. Depending on grade level, students may have one teacher that provides all their remote learning, however in higher levels such as middle school and high school students will be receiving instruction from multiple teachers. The grading scale for remote learning will be the same as in-person learning.The middle school and high school have designated certain classes for in-person learning only. These are classes that will require multiple activities that can only be accomplished by in-person learning. A complete list of these classes is provided on page 12 of their learning plan.Attendanceand EnrollmentPer the Texas Education Code, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or be promoted to the next grade. Student attendance may be earned through the delivery of virtual instruction.StaffConsiderationsAll staff members are required to complete the training provided by Texas Agri-Life Extension for Special Considerations for Infection Control during COVID-19. Staff is also required to wear face masks and face shields throughout the instructional day, self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus each day and must report if they have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.Visitorson CampusEISD is not allowing visitors on campus. However maintenance personnel or outside contractors that may be required entry to perform a repair function, EISD will require they be screened and have their temperature measured. Those individuals will be required to wear a mask, face shield and asked about any close contact that may have occurred.Students/Parents ConsiderationsAll students in grades third through 12th will be required to wear a mask unless they meet one of the exceptions in Governor Abbots order. This will include some students that are younger than 10 when school starts. Unlike many districts, EISD is allowing students that are doing remote learning to participate in extracurricular activities if they are present for all practices and required activities.TransportationParents are encouraged to bring their students to school and pick them up in the afternoon however Eustace ISD is planning on running all bus routes and students will be required to have a mask and/or face shield to ride the bus. You can find more details on the transportation and the drop off and pick up for car riders on page seven of the districts plan.For more information on Eustace ISDs district plan or to read it in its entirety, visit the districts Facebook page at

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