Duncanville ISD families,
I appreciate your patience as we’ve developed a School Reopening Plan that prioritizes the safety of students, staff and our community. As part of the planning process, one key decision was to delay the start of school until after the Labor Day weekend - Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Postponing the school start date will provide additional time to assess the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue developing our School Reopening Plan.
In order to create a reopening plan tailored to the needs of our students and community, I formed a School Reopening Task Force – made up of teachers, community members and administrators - who studied the best practices of school districts across the nation and evaluated guidelines from state, local and national school and health experts. The group also gathered feedback from our community through a series of surveys.
Based on the results of those surveys, it’s clear that you would like to see instruction in two ways this school year: 1) In-Person Learning and 2) Virtual Learning. Duncanville ISD will offer both options to our students and their families.
To address planning needs to start the school year, parents and guardians must commit to one of these options by Friday, July 31. The choice must be made during the student registration process in Skyward. For parents who have already registered for the 2020-2021 school year, you can expect to receive an email with directions on how to commit to a learning choice.
More detailed information about the School Reopening Plan can be found here on our website. The content on this page will be revised as guidelines from TEA and health officials impact our planning and additional decisions are made.
It’s clear that the COVID-19 health crisis has changed the way we operate, and there are a lot of unknowns in our future. In times like this, we have to focus on areas within our control and make decisions based on what’s best for our students, staff and community. The district’s School Reopening Plan is the result of that philosophy. I know that we’ll get through this together. #WeAreDville.
Dr. Marc Smith
Superintendent of Schools