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I would like to provide a critical update to our fall return plan for ACISD staff and students. The most difficult part of our work right now is making decisions as things change daily. Regional health conditions and state guidance is consistently in flux. One thing that remains consistent is the weight of responsibility that rests on the shoulders of the ACISD leadership team to keep staff and student health a priority. With COVID-19 cases rising in the Coastal Bend, we believe the most responsible thing we can do at this time is suspend in-person instruction and provide virtual learning for the first three weeks of the 2020-21 school year. Staff will return to buildings on the originally scheduled date with strict health guidelines and social distancing, and students will begin virtual learning on August 17th rather than August 13th. This was not an easy decision to make because we very much want students back in our buildings.
To prepare our students for this return, we will ensure that:
We are factoring in every concern imaginable. We know families need to go back to work. We know we want learning to happen in the classroom. We know that staff and students deserve safe places to work and learn. Thank you for working alongside us as we balance all of these very important needs.
ACISD serves one critical purpose: to consider the needs of every child, from our youngest to our oldest, and use every resource we have to create a learning environment that meets those needs.
To accomplish this, we must consider physical health, academic, and social/emotional needs. We also know that taking care of students includes taking care of those who take care of them. Staff needs must be considered so they are equipped to tend to the diverse needs of our kids.
Option 1: Student will participate in daily 100% Face-to-Face (F2F) instruction following a traditional model of instruction. Campuses will follow health guidance around prevention practices, response measures, and mitigation practices. Middle and high school campuses will run a block schedule so that daily interactions are reduced by half.
Option 2: Student will participate in virtual learning 100% of the time with daily required instruction.
Please be aware that at any point, state officials could make a decision that completely changes our course, but we hope this information will allow you to make a choice based on current facts that will equip the district to fine tune important details. More detailed information will be released through the month of July.
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We will continue to provide updates as they are available. Remember that ACISD is special because our teachers and administrators know and care about the students in this community. However we serve your child this year, we will do it with attention to their needs.
Joseph Patek, Superintendent of Schools
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