June 26, 2020
Dear Kirbyville CISD Families,
Earlier this week, the Texas Education Agency hosted a conference call with all Texas superintendents that was scheduled to include back-to-school guidance for face-to-face instruction. While information was shared about how districts could provide remote learning for students who were unable or uncomfortable in attending, the guidance on how to safely return to school was postponed due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases across Texas. Although we do anticipate that face-to-face instruction will be available in August, no timeline on when health and safety guidelines would be released was given.
We are hopeful that all students will return to school with basic health and safety measures in place (washing hands, use of hand sanitizer, cleaning surfaces, exploring ways to lower the number of students on buses, self-health screenings, being thoughtful about arrival/dismissal, etc.) while also ensuring we are prepared to scaffold more significant health and safety measures if our data should necessitate that in the future. We are asking you to participate in a new survey which will help us in our planning process. That survey should be available today. It can be accessed from our district website or Facebook page.
KCISD will also offer a remote learning option for those students who are unable to or are uncomfortable with attending school as well. More details about remote learning will be made available in the upcoming weeks, but unlike this past spring, students selecting this option will have daily attendance taken and will operate under regular workload and grading guidelines. Information on how to select the remote learning option will be available by mid-July.
Kirbyville CISD has been working with its leadership team, school board and staff to determine how best to re-open school this fall. Early next month, KCISD will begin meeting with faculty groups to help with all of this planning.
Ultimately our task will be to abide by the guidelines set forth by TEA but for the areas where we have discretion, to make decisions that are reflective of our community—both in the spread of COVID-19 and in weighing the desires of staff and community with health and safety guidelines.
Thank you so much for all your feedback throughout this process. We will continue to keep you posted as soon as we have the necessary information. We are excited to start school on August 19th!
Kirbyville CISD Superintendent
To participate in the KCISD Parent Survey click here