July 8, 2020
Dear Kirbyville CISD Parents/Guardians,
I know our families and community have been eagerly awaiting information about the upcoming school year. Our administrative team has been working diligently on developing a plan that provides a quality education while also ensuring the health and safety of our staff, students, and community. Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued a long-awaited Public Health and Planning Guidance document that we will use as we prepare to transition into this school year. We will be finalizing our plan and will have it available on our website next week.
As previously announced, Kirbyville CISD will offer two options of instructional delivery models for our students: traditional in-person learning on campus, or at-home learning. The at-home learning option is being provided for our families who have health and safety concerns with sending their children back to school.
Regardless of which learning option you choose for your child, the expectations for coursework and the grading system will be the same for both in-person and at-home learning. We believe this is the most fair and equitable solution for all of our students. Applicable courses in 9th-12th grade will be included in calculating GPA and class rank for both in-person and at-home learning students.
Students who choose at-home learning will engage in daily activities that combine teacher-led instruction along with independent learning. Students are expected to be online and engaged in learning every day. For our students who choose to attend in-person classes, Kirbyville CISD will remain focused on keeping our students and staff safe and healthy. We will implement increased signage around campuses promoting disease mitigation strategies, pre-screening health protocols,increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing. Recently, the Texas Governor mandated face coverings in public spaces for counties with more than 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which currently includes Jasper County. As mentioned previously, Kirbyville CISD will follow applicable guidelines and protocols from the state when students return to school in the fall. Kirbyville CISD will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the health department and the Texas Education Agency, and all staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of school.
We will continue to share new information and updates with you as the summer progresses. It is clear that COVID-19 has changed our world in so many ways, and I continue to appreciate your support and understanding as we work through these trying times.
Please continue to stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.