The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees hosted a regular board meeting on August 17, 2020. Due to the current nationwide health pandemic, district facilities and schools remain closed and this meeting was conducted through video conferencing. A video recording of the meeting can be viewed on the district website under Board of Trustees. Information shared and decisions made during that meeting include the following:
Board of Trustees Approve Virtual Learning Districtwide for Start of School
Starting with the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept, 8, all Duncanville ISD students will begin districtwide in the Virtual Learning program. Students – including those who committed to In-Person Learning during enrollment - will be virtual for the first four weeks of school. All students enrolled in prekindergarten through eighth grade will be in the Virtual Learning program. A limited number of Duncanville High School students, whose courses require in-person training and access to technology and equipment that can only be provided on campus, will participate in a hybrid model that will include both Virtual Learning and In-Person Learning.
Over the next month, the district will continue to evaluate the data related to COVID-19 to determine how to proceed in October at the conclusion of the first four weeks of school.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report with a summary of the Virtual Town Hall hosted by a Duncanville City Councilman on July 25. Dr. Smith was invited to participate and discussed the district’s School Reopening Plan with the more than 300 attendees. Dr. Smith had the opportunity to address questions and listen to feedback from parents and teachers in attendance.
The annual leadership retreat known as Camp Panther went virtual this year. District principals, directors and other district leaders honed in on this year’s theme – “One Team. One Mission. One Heart.” At a time when social distancing is critical, it was important to set the tone for the upcoming school year that we are still in this together.
Dr. Smith welcomed 190 new educators to Duncanville ISD during new teacher orientation, a three-day training that was also held virtually. The new teachers were introduced to district leaders and learned more about the district, which is proudly known as the City of Champions. Campus staff held a drive through celebration and handed out swag bags to their new teachers.
The start of the school year always begins with a convocation kick off to set the tone for the year. Dr. Smith will carry forward the “One Team. One Mission. One Heart.” theme that was introduced at Camp Panther. This year, each campus and department will remain at their respective facility to watch a video rather than the usual districtwide gathering. The video will be hosted by the 2020 District Elementary Teacher of the Year Adam Conant and the 2019 District Secondary Teacher of the Year Luzviminda Pascasio.
Dr. Smith concluded his report with the Duncanville ISD Reopening Series hosted by the Family and Communication Engagement (F.A.C.E.) department. The series includes three upcoming information virtual sessions about the School Reopening Plan that parents can attend to learn more about what the school year will look like. Spanish translation will be provided.
Approved minutes from the July 15 School Reopening Plan Workshop
Approved minutes from the July 20 board meeting
Approved financial report for June 2020
Approved Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) certified appraisers and appraisal calendar for the 2020-2021 school year
Approved College Board School Day Assessments for 2020-2021
Approved purchase of Creative Education Videos online curriculum program for Career and Technical Education Department
Approved resolution authorizing the City of Dallas to represent the Duncanville Independent School District in the matter of tax foreclosure sales by public or private sealed bid as authorized by Section 34.05 of the Texas Property Tax Code
Approved property and casualty insurance for the 2020-2021 school year provided through the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas Interlocal Agreement
Approved Workers’ Compensation Insurance for the 2020-2021 school year provided through the Workers’ Compensations Solution (WCS) Interlocal Agreement
Approved Student Code of Conduct
Approved Operation Connectivity interlocal acquisition agreement with Education Service Center (ESC) Region 4
Approved Proximity Learning
Approved resolution regarding delegating of authority during COVID-19
Approved School Reopening Plan update
Discussion of Local Policy Update 115