At the Sept. 8 Eanes ISD Board meeting, trustees decided to continue phasing in those students whose parents want them to receive in-person learning. As stated in August, TEA required the District to survey all families to determine whether they would desire remote or in-person learning for the first grading period. From that selection, ALL families who responded "yes" to in-person learning on the Aug. 6-11 survey now have the option to return on-campus for a full day of instruction beginning Monday, Sept. 21. Campuses will communicate with those families in the next week to confirm their intent to return on Sept. 21.
Those who chose remote learning on the August survey will continue with remote learning until the end of the nine weeks (Oct. 16). On Oct. 19, families who chose remote learning will have the option to return to in-building instruction if they desire. All families will be re-surveyed the first week of October, giving them the opportunity to indicate their next preference for remote or in-person learning during the second grading period.
The return of students and staff sooner than expected is a welcome change, and also signals a gradual, albeit cautious, resumption of more normal operations within the next few weeks. The past two days of in-person learning for the initial phase have been informative and uneventful. Students and teachers are adjusting to a new way of learning none of them have experienced before. They continue to learn, adjust and adapt. The planning, diligence and support Eanes ISD staff has given and received to make this a safe and positive return for students is greatly appreciated.