Dear Parents and EISD Staff,
I know that the past few months have been somewhat difficult because of the unknown. The last part of this school year was filled with unexpected circumstances that few of us could have imagined. Despite the uncharted waters and challenges, we must recognize that Everman Independent School District has risen to the occasion to support students, staff, and families in the face of these uncertain and challenging times.
I am certainly proud to be a part of the Everman education community, and I am continually inspired by the work our staff has done during this pandemic. While our upcoming school year will look different from years past, and as the entire world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I take to heart knowing that our school district will continue to be a solid rock of support, comfort, and stability. There are still many unknowns about the future of this virus and its impact on the world.
Since our schools closed during the month of March, Everman Independent School District staff supported our students and community through many initiatives. Child Nutrition Services team members provided food service to our students. District teachers adapted education to provide distance learning to finish the 2019-20 school year while providing meaningful social-emotional support for our students. I am so thankful for the professionalism and effort provided by our employees!
The Local Health Authorities for Tarrant County, The City of Arlington, and The City of Burleson issued a Joint Order today, July 21, 2020, regarding public and non-religious private schools. The joint order states that school systems shall not re-open for on-campus, face-to-face instruction or activities until September 28, 2020, except:
- Administrators, teachers, and staff may conduct or facilitate virtual or remote learning processes while on-campus provided they strictly follow the existing guidance for social distancing and facial coverings;
- All school-sponsored events and activities, including but not limited to clubs, sports, band, choir, fairs, exhibitions, academic and/or athletic competitions, and similar student activities may only take place remotely or outdoors, with social distancing requirements of a minimum of six feet apart, facial coverings, and other established safety protocols determined by the School System;
- Special education instruction may occur when necessary and in accordance with TEA guidelines so long as and when feasible, facial coverings are worn over one's nose and mouth, and social distancing measures of at least six feet are followed;
- Students whose individual education plans cannot be implemented with remote learning or who have limited household connectivity to the internet may be provided in person instruction with social distancing and facial coverings, as feasible.
Prior to September 28, 2020, all School Systems shall re-open schools through virtual, remote, or distance learning only as per each School System's own plan and provide curbside meals from the school campuses while following Federal, State and Local guidelines to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
We are anxious to bring students and staff back to school for in-person instruction, but we must do so in a safe manner. Reopening campuses requires a great deal of planning and preparation. When the 2020-21 school year begins on August 13th, it will be in a remote learning format. We will continue to work towards transitioning to in-person instruction but will only do so when guidance from local health authorities supports a safe transition back to learning in the physical building. We know that many parents, students, staff, and community members are disappointed by this decision and we understand that this will complicate many individual family situations. Remember, safety is the number one priority!
When students return to campus for in-person instruction, learning will look much different than previous years because of new health and safety measures. With safety goals always in mind, our leadership team is actively collaborating on a school reopening plan that will guide us on how to safely reopen our campuses.
Again, all students will start the coming school year in the remote learning model until September 27th.
Dr. Curtis Amos