We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on September 8, 2020. Despite the challenges with COVID-19, our district will continue to provide an excellent education to our students, which will include in-person, remote, and hybrid learning environments. As the public health crisis continues, we have been planning for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year with a focus on the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, students, and community.
While Donna ISD is planning for three different instructional environments, our plan (Learn and Lead Safely 2020-2021) follows recommendations for school opening and operations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency, and state and local health officials.
The situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing, as are the protocols and measures needed to keep students and staff safe. Plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes and these guidelines may be modified as needed. As adjustments may be necessary throughout the coming school year, it will be our priority to keep the community informed of those changes and updates. The Donna ISD website will provide you with the most up-to-date information.
We would like to thank our Donna ISD Task Force Team for helping us formulate our plan. We would also like to thank you, our DISD family, for your understanding and patience during this process.
Our planning process for the 2020-2021 school year was based on guidance from the Texas Education Agency as well as feedback from our Donna ISD families and teaching staff regarding their experiences during school closure in the spring. The learning options are as follows: Remote, In-Person and Hybrid. The plan is subject to change as new rules may come from TEA and state and county officials.
Since this is an ever-changing situation, the district may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the community. Please note, health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. As a result, Donna ISD will continue to consult with governmental agencies as well as review information deemed relevant to monitor the situation. The district will comply with applicable federal and state employment and disability laws, workplace safety standards and accessibility standards to address individual needs.
Prior to the first day of school, administrators can refer to the CDC’s K-12 Schools Readiness and Planning Tool to protect students, staff, and communities. On the first day a student attends school on campus, school systems must provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted in the local school system.