As Keller ISD looks ahead to the 2020-21 school year, the District is working diligently to put procedures in place that will best suit the needs of its students, families, and staff so that it can continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities in a safe environment.
The Board of Trustees approved delaying the start of the school year to Wednesday, August 26, with the first three days being Early Release Days. Students will attend either in person or remotely depending on the choice registered by their family.
Keller ISD has formed a 2020-21 Reopening Action Team that will continue to work on the development of plans in the following key strategic areas (click on a banner below for more information):
The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our top priority as we work through several plans for the upcoming school year. We are committed to finding ways to provide clean and safe educational environments where students can learn and grow together. We are currently set to open August 26, and in doing so, we will be sure each of our 42 campuses have taken the necessary health precautions prior to the arrival of students and staff, as well as prepared with the essential safety procedures and protocols needed to carry out the school year.
We understand that there are many concerns over the possibility of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall. Results from our first survey indicated that more than 84 percent of respondents said they would be comfortable having their student return to school in the fall if public health officials advise that it is safe to allow in-person instruction. If provided an option, 55 percent of respondents said they would prefer in-person instruction, while 11 percent said they would prefer remote instruction, and 34 percent would choose a combination of the two.
In preparation for the start of the new school year, Keller ISD has plans in place plans to provide traditional in-person instruction and remote learning options that will allow students to complete coursework from home while continuing to receive the many benefits and support services KISD provides from. Please keep in mind that as we get updates from state officials, plans will likely adjust; and anything that differs from our traditional instruction will require approval by the Texas Education Agency.
KISD’s Curriculum & Instruction team is dedicated to improving instructional practices that will best meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students regardless of what format we families choose for the upcoming school year: In-Person Instruction or Remote Instruction. While C&I is always committed to enhancing its regular instructional practices each year, KISD educators will also take time to improve any remote learning challenges they faced this spring. For the upcoming school year, KISD understands the importance of being innovative in our thinking, creative in our uses of technology, and open to new ways of planning, scheduling, and learning so that we can ensure our students and teachers are equipped with the right tools for engagement, connection, and interaction.
Regardless of what obstacles may come our way, we remain steadfast in our mission and core values to provide optimal engaged learning while keeping our students and employees as safe and healthy as possible.
Minutes Added to 2020-21 School Days; Breaks, Holidays Maintained (8/18/20)
School Start Moved to Aug. 26; Instructional Choice Deadline Extended (8/4/20)
New TEA Guidance Allows Parent Choice to Take Effect Aug. 19 (7/28/20)
Instructional Model Choice Selection Opens July 28 (7/24/20)
Schools Beginning Remotely to Begin the Year through Sept. 27 (7/21/20)
Tarrant County Public Health Order Requiring Schools to Begin Remotely (7/21/20)
Response to TEA's July 17 Guidance (7/17/20)
Keller ISD Requests Families' Instructional Model Intent (7/2/20)
VIDEO: Summer Update from Dr. Westfall (7/2/20)
Response to TEA's June 23 Guidance (6/25/20)