Splendora ISD Announces Changes to Returning to School
Posted July 21, 2020
Dear Splendora ISD Parents,
For the past several weeks, Splendora ISD administrators and principals have been busy developing safety protocols as well as defining and designing learning options in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. We know many of you are registering your children for the upcoming school year and deciding between on-site and remote learning. On July 20th, we received a letter from the Montgomery County Health District (MCHD) advising all Montgomery County Area Public Schools to postpone opening school for in-class instruction until no earlier than September 8, with certain exceptions and at the discretion of local districts. The letter, which can be viewed here, outlines the rationale from MCHD for this recommendation, including the increasing number of cases in Montgomery County, the subsequent strain on our hospitals and medical staff, and the need for school districts to prepare to open safely while potentially reducing the risk of forced closures throughout the year.
I have said from the beginning and throughout this crisis, that our goal is to provide the best educational experience in the safest environment possible. To meet the needs of these families and learners, as well as our staff, we must consider how to bring our students back in a responsible and safe manner.
Therefore, under the MCHD’s recommendation to limit on-site instruction while giving local districts the discretion to bring in small groups as necessary, Splendora ISD will begin school on August 17th with the following staggered schedule:
- August 17 - August 21: PK-1st grade students who have chosen the on-site learning model will be at their campus. All other students will learn remotely.
- August 24 - August 28: PK-3rd grade students who have chosen the on-site learning model will be at their campus. All other students will learn remotely.
- August 31 - September 4: PK-8th grade students who have chosen the on-site learning model will be at their campus. All other students will learn remotely.
- September 8 - September 11: PK-8th grade students who have chosen the on-site learning model will be at their campus. High school students who have chosen the on-site learning model will transition into a hybrid model. High school students who have chosen the remote learning model will continue to learn from home. (Details outlining the hybrid model will be released at a later date.)
This staggered start will allow teachers and staff to begin instruction but also implement and practice safety protocols for when school does fully reopen. We feel this plan aligns with the MCHD recommendations while allowing our district to meet the needs of our families and community. SJH and SHS will have the option to bring up small groups of students for additional support.
Click here to see our “Returning to Learning” plan that gives a general overview of the learning models and our health and safety protocols. Please understand that this plan may change as health conditions warrant and as we get more guidance from our local health department.
We understand that this is an extremely challenging situation for all involved. As a school district and community, we will continue to face difficult decisions as we navigate these uncertain times. It is paramount that we continue to communicate with transparency, honesty, and integrity throughout this process. As always, the safety of our students and staff will guide all of our decisions. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for continuous updates as we work through this together. #WeAreSplendora
Jeff Burke, Ed.D.