San Angelo ISD educators have been busy creating transformational changes to enable us to continue to offer your child a relevant and inspiring education for this 2020-2021 school year, while providing a safe environment to foster their individual hopes and dreams. Today, we are excited to share this back-to-school plan we are calling Transforming Engagement with you.
Please review the following document closely to get a better understanding of your options and what is new this year. Our plan has been reviewed, approved and supported by our local Health Department and Center for Disease Control.
Plan highlights include:
- Instructional Option Choice: As previously announced, we are very proud to offer a CHOICE between two instructional options so that you may select the option that best suits your family and child’s individual needs. Option 1 is a traditional, in-person instructional model with new safety protocols. Option 2 is a fully virtual instruction model called the SAISD Virtual Academy. As flexibility and adaptability is also a hallmark of this plan, you will be able to change from one option to the other at each 9-week grading period should your situation or preferences change. To further assist our families with selection between in-person instruction or the Virtual Academy, we have also created a comprehensive Course Offering List for for both instructional options for middle school and high school.
- Safety Protocols: The health and safety of our students and staff remains a guiding priority in developing this plan, and we assure you that we are continuing to follow guidelines from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), local health authorities, city government, and the CDC as we prepare to open our schools. In this document, you will find details about the safety protocols we will have in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as staff and students return to our campuses.
We anticipate adjustments to our plan as we adapt to new information including updates from TEA, our Governor’s office, and our local public health authorities prior to the first day of school scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 2020. For the latest updates, please follow our social media pages and our website at www.saisd.org/BacktoSchool.
We want to reassure you that we are working hard to rise to the challenges of this unique school year, and we hope this information will help clarify your questions. Should you have any further questions, please contact your students' campus. We remain committed to providing the highest quality education for all students and are looking forward to our students and staff coming together again this fall.