Superintendent Message: Preparing to Welcome Students Back Virtually

Dr. Marc Smith

Duncanville ISD families, 

We are less than a week away from the start of school and I am looking forward to seeing students engaging with teachers and classmates. Tuesday, September 8 will not be a traditional first day, but in our virtual school setting we will find ways to make this a remarkable start of school. 

Our staff is ready to build relationships and create connections to show our students how much we care. If you have not already heard from teachers, you will begin receiving calls and emails from teachers and other campus staff this week.


Sample Schedules

You will receive your student’s schedule this week through Skyward Family Access or from your child’s teacher. To give you an idea of what a virtual student schedule looks like, we have created sample virtual student schedules for each grade level. 

The sample schedules should be seen as an example of how teachers will incorporate live instruction with recorded lessons and online class assignments. Students must log into Google Classroom each day and complete daily assignments to be counted for attendance and receive grades for their work. For families who need extra time either because parents work during the day or access to technology is limited, the deadline to submit assignments is 11:59 p.m. each day.

Parent Quickstart Guide

To assist parents and guardians with accessing the school-approved platforms for virtual learning, we have created a Parent Quickstart Guide. This printable guide walks you through the steps to get started accessing your student’s district account as well as Google Apps. If you need a digital version, go to to view the tutorials and instructional videos on how to use technology resources. 


Extension of Free Meals 

Information and guidelines change on a regular basis. One such recent change that impacts all of our families is the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the summer food service program waivers until further notice. That means we can continue offering free meals to all of our students this fall. Families will not need to pay for meals or apply for free or reduced meals for the fall semester. However, we will still ask families to sign up for the weekly grab-and-go meals through your school’s cafeteria manager, so we can properly prepare for the number of meals we will need to provide.

In just seven days we will celebrate the first day of school. So make sure you email your first day of school photos or post them to social media using #DvilleDayOne. Let’s have an amazing first day of school and a great start to 2020-2021.


Dr. Marc Smith
Superintendent of Schools
Duncanville ISD