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Letter to Parents about Back-to-School Plans

Posted June 18, 2020

HEB ISD Families,

Thank you for sharing your households’ unique experiences with us through our survey earlier this month. We have posted those important results on our website, so you can see the data that is helping to guide our decision-making: Survey Results - June 2020

The June survey results showed 73 percent of HEB ISD parents said they are comfortable with their child returning to school, 81 percent of staff were comfortable returning, and 89 percent of students preferred in-person school. The most current guidance from the Texas Education Agency and public health officials allows our district to accommodate these preferences and provide an option for families who may still have strong concerns due to their own unique situations. When we return to school in August, HEB ISD will offer both face-to-face and online instruction.

Today, Governor Abbott announced schools will reopen for face-to-face instruction with minimum restrictions. HEB ISD will put protocols in place for the safety and health of both students and staff. We will continue planning, implementing, and sharing about these protocols throughout the summer, as national best practices are developed and public health officials continue announcing recommendations for schools.

Online instruction this fall will be robust and will include expectations, guidelines, and accountability to empower our students, parents, and staff. We have purchased a Learning Management System, and are already designing an online instructional model that ensures all students make adequate progress in mastering the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

We are working through the summer to prepare education opportunities that will empower HEB ISD students to excel. We will share more details of our Return to School Plan in the weeks ahead, so your family can make informed decisions for online registration in July.

The 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any school year we have experienced. It will take all of us working together to continue providing the high level of educational opportunities for which the HEB ISD community is known.