DALLAS, Texas – Parents will have more options regarding the education of your children for the school year that begins in the fall.
The state education agency (TORCH) today published the safety guidelines that schools in Texas will follow and apart from highlighting the two models of education, physical and distance, they pointed out that parents could be asked to keep students under that model during the grading period that varies 6 to 9 weeks.
The superintendent of the School District of Dallas, Michael Hinojosa pointed out today during an interview with news 23, “we are going to work with the parents, we want them to tell us if they are going to stay for six weeks, but at the same time, if something happens and they are not comfortable, we are going to work with them and we change them to the house ”.
The 155,000 DISD students begin classes on August 17, and according to Hinojosa, parents will be contacted by email or by mail, to choose the mode of education that their children will follow. Devices to connect to the internet and computers will be distributed on Thursdays of the next few weeks in several DISD schools between 11 am and 12 noon.
Among the security protocols it issued TORCH for schools, all people, including staff, teachers, and students, will be subject to temperature checks and will have to wear face masks if Governor Greg Abbott’s mandate remains in effect; districts may take additional action.
TORCH also announced that it will provide funds to reimburse school districts for expenses related to the pandemic, for the purchase of personal protective equipment, for tools for virtual education and teacher training.
According to Superintendent Hinojosa, “The virtual day will be four hours for high school students and three and a half hours for younger students.” They will have virtual classes where they will connect with their teachers, work in groups, and also individually.
Hinojosa said he is monitoring the development of the coronavirus pandemic in Dallas and for now, the return to school will be gradual, phased during the first three weeks. As the date gets closer, there will be more clarity, but he stressed that he will consult with the board of directors.
For more information on the guidelines of the State Education Agency TORCH enter: TEA State Education Agency guidelines.