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.
Keller ISD anticipates guidance from the Texas Education Agency about the reopening of the 2020-21 school year by July. In the meantime, KISD is moving forward with a positive mindset in hopes of seeing students back in classrooms on August 19. In addition to fully understanding and preparing for all possible scenarios and in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and other state and local agencies, 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 possible contingent 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. As mentioned above, we are currently set to open August 19, 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. In the event school districts are not able to open as scheduled, or are asked to close once the year begins, Keller ISD has several options in place for varied school day schedules and remote learning possibilities.
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 is finalizing 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.
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Response to TEA's June 23 Guidance (6/25/20)
Keller ISD Continuing Plans for 2020-21 School Year (6/22/20)