Back To School In The Texas Panhandle: What We Know So Far
Are you just as confused about the upcoming school year as I am? Yeah, there is a lot of information to digest and every school district seems to have their own plan. As I am writing this, I am sure something will change, but I will do my best to give you just the facts and keep the information updated.
- School Start Date: September 1, 2020
- Instruction: The district is allowing students to be taught either in-person at school or through virtual instruction from home
- Masks: In schools, students in grade 3 or earlier are encouraged to wear masks, but it will not be required. Students in grade 4 or higher will be required to wear a mask. A limited supply of masks will be available.
- Social Distancing: AISD is purchasing desk dividers to increase separation between students and staff.
- Virus Testing: The school district is looking at the possibilities of on-site testing however it has not been approved. Temperature checks are not required, however, are being looked at as an option.
- School Start Date: August 19, 2020
- Instruction: The district is allowing students to be taught either in-person at school or through virtual instruction from home. Students who choose virtual school will remain in that setting for a minimum of one grading period.
- Masks: All students in Pre-K through 12th grades will wear face coverings while at school. Students do not have to wear a mask while eating, however will be spaced out accordingly. Individual needs regarding face coverings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration. Additional protective equipment will be provided to school nurses for use in the clinic.
- Social Distancing: Students will sit one per table and be spread out throughout the classroom. The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible. Classroom groups working outside will maintain at least 12-ft of social distancing from other classroom groups.
- Virus Testing: All students and staff will self screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Individuals with symptoms are required to stay home. A parent or guardian will be required to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school. Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature daily. Additional screening may be conducted during the school day.
RIVER ROAD ISD
- School Start Date: August 20, 2020
- Instruction: Students will have a choice of in-person or online instruction.
- Masks: In school facilities, as long as the Governor's face mask mandate is in place, all students over the age of 10 will be required to wear a mask.
- Social Distancing: Class sizes will be reduced and students will be distanced when the space allows.
- Virus Testing: The school district has not released information on if there will be any testing or screening done at the schools.
All the above information can change as each district adapts to new policies. Please check with your school district for any changes. We will update this post as often as we receive new information.