Reconnect 2020 EMS ISD Return to School Plan
  • With the constantly evolving situation with COVID-19, and the regularly changing guidance from state education and health officials, this plan will be reviewed and updated as needed to reflect new requirements from the Centers for Disease Control; federal, state, or county orders; or the Texas Education Agency.

    August 7, 2020: The Board of Trustees hosted a special meeting Thursday, August 6, to provide stakeholders another opportunity to share their feedback on the Reconnect 2020 return-to-school plan. Following public comments, Trustees considered all the feedback received throughout the planning process. Additionally, they factored in relevant health data and updates from district leaders regarding a variety of logistical considerations. Based on this information, Trustees voted to begin the school year in full remote instruction on August 20, with options for in-person and choice remote learning to begin on September 8. Administration will continue to monitor the local conditions surrounding COVID-19 leading up to the September 8 date. The meeting adjourned at 12:25 am on Friday, August 7.

    This website is currently being updated to reflect the remote-only learning plans. Please check back for updates.

  • The 2020-2021 School Year Begins August 20

    On July 27, 2020, the Board approved a change to the school start date. The first day of school for students will now be Thursday, August 20. This is to provide two additional days for staff training in the required health safety protocols as well as support needs for the dual-instruction learning model. The professional learning days previously scheduled for October 12 and February 16 now become regular instructional days for staff and students. All students will begin the school year in remote learning, with the option to return to in-person classes or remain in choice remote learning starting September 8, 2020.

    Revised 2020-2021 Calendar

  • Beginning September 8, 2020: Choice Remote and In-Person Learning

    EMS ISD believes that face-to-face, in-person instruction with a teacher provides the best environment for the development of the whole child, including meeting the needs of the student’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. In the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic, EMS ISD understands the need for a remote learning environment for some children who have medical concerns, who live with an individual who has medical needs, or who need to remain in a controlled environment to lessen the ability to contract an illness. For the 2020-2021 school year, EMS ISD students will have the option of participating in one of two learning platforms once we are able to utilize our buildings:

    • In-Person Learning
      Students come to campus each school day for face-to-face instruction. The district will implement enhanced health safety measures and continue strict cleaning and sanitization protocols. Students who need to transfer to remote learning due to a medical concern or special circumstance may do so at any time throughout the life of this plan. Parents who wish for their child(ren) to start the school year in person do not need to complete any additional form to register for In-Person Learning. Students are asked to report to campus on August 20 for the first day of school.
    • Choice Remote Learning
      Learning and activities will occur online. Selected Career and Technology Education courses at the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center will be required to be in-person only. More guidance is provided at the CTE icon below. Students who choose remote learning will be asked to remain for a full grading period, but will have the flexibility to transition back to in-person learning. Individual situations for transitioning during a grading period will be considered and honored as possible. Parents who wish for their child(ren) to start the school year in Choice Remote Learning are asked to complete an orientation video and application form, which will be used for planning purposes for staffing and resources to support remote learners. Please visit the Application icon under Choice Remote Learning below.

    In both options, courses will be taught by highly qualified, certified EMS ISD teachers. Additional supports for the social and emotional needs of students and staff will be available in either option. Should it be necessary to close school buildings to the public for any reason again, all students would return to remote learning. Parents may review all resources and receive updates on our EMS ISD website.

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