Yesterday the City of Austin and Travis County enacted a joint order banning in-person classes for all schools through Sept. 7. As a state-regulated institution in Travis County, we will operate within the guidelines set by governmental authorities and will offer 100-percent remote learning the first three weeks of school.
We are ready to implement plans made over the summer to ensure a more robust, sustainable and developmentally appropriate online instructional experience for students in all grades. Our administrators and staff responsible for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment have spent several weeks refining the remote learning schedules for each level to balance screen time with meaningful teacher interaction and self-paced learning opportunities. While draft schedules were provided in the R2R plan published on June 23, updated versions will be released soon.
We want to assure families the fall remote learning program will look more like a regular school day than what was offered in the spring. We will deliver more supports to our families and provide resources to meet the needs of both students and parents. We will also work with our teachers and Educational Partners to provide parents with assistance to help students at home with schoolwork.
Although guidance and timelines from state authorities continue to change, Eanes ISD's R2R (Ready to Re-engage) plan and data gathered from families and staff concerning preferred options remain relevant. The plan was designed to be flexible and responsive, which is undoubtedly necessary in light of continually shifting circumstances.
“We realize remote learning is not ideal for children and for working families, it is difficult,” said Dr. Tom Leonard, Superintendent. “But the safety of our students, staff and community is paramount; without healthy teachers and staff, we cannot run schools.”
“Our staff is committed to improving the remote learning experience from the spring, taking into account feedback from students, parents and teachers from the survey in May and from our community meetings held in June. We listened, and we will improve for the benefit of our students.”
According to the Austin-Travis County order, many academic, extra-curricular sports and activities important to families and students will not be allowed until schools can reopen for face-to-face instruction. We are seeking clarification from UIL, but if this is required - for example - it could mean the cancellation of Westlake High School’s Aug. 28 football season kickoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington against Southlake Carroll.
As more information is released and guidelines are updated, we will share announcements with families via email, website and social media. Additionally, the Eanes ISD Board will see a report on evolving plans, enrollment updates and preliminary data from the Fall Options application at the July 21 meeting.