DeSoto ISD to Phase In Campus Learning

DeSoto ISD to Phase In Campus Learning
Posted on 09/30/2020
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DeSoto ISD Parents and Families,

Thank you for your flexibility and collaboration in our efforts to provide a continuation of learning for DeSoto ISD students amid these unprecedented times as a result of the current global health pandemic.

As we approach this next period of assessment regarding the status of COVID-19 in our community, we are at the pivotal point of preparing to reopen campuses to support campus-supervised instruction to be facilitated through Anytime, Anywhere Learning.

Starting in October, the district will begin to phase in various grade levels for students whose parents or guardians have opted into campus-supervised learning. 

The campus-supervised phase-in plan is as follows:

Monday, October 5, 2020: Amber Terrace Pre-kindergarten students who are enrolled in the Special Education unit and elected to participate in campus-supervised instruction will return to campuses along with their teachers and campus administrators.

Friday, October 9, 2020: In order to facilitate a successful scaled transition to district-wide campus-supervised learning, ALL district campus staff will return to duty at campuses for a day of campus professional development. Staff will undergo training for the leadership of strong virtual and classroom instruction and campus safety protocols and procedures related to adjustments due to COVID-19. Additionally, central office administrators will return to duty at district offices.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020: While Central Office employees have been working remotely and virtually to date, starting October 13, 2020, central staff will return to duty at district offices.

Monday, October 19, 2020: The following groups of students who elected to participate in campus-supervised learning will return to campuses:

  • Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Special Education Students
  • Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade Students
  • Sixth Grade Students
  • Ninth Grade Students

Monday, October 26, 2020: The following groups of students who elected to participate in campus-supervised learning will return to campuses:

  • Tenth Grade Students

Wednesday, November 4, 2020: The following groups of students who elected to participate in campus-supervised learning will return to campuses:

  • Sixth through Twelfth Grade Special Education Students
  • Third through Fifth Grade Students
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade Students
  • Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Students

Each campus will host parent informational meetings regarding campus-supervised instruction. 

The schedule for these in-person campus meetings is as follows:

Elementary Schools:

  • Amber Terrace Design and Discovery Center: 6 p.m. on October 2, 2020 (SpEd) and 6 p.m. on October 14, 2020
  • Cockrell Hill Elementary: 6 p.m. on October 13, 2020
  • Frank D. Moates Elementary: 6 p.m. on October 8, 2020
  • Katherine Johnson Elementary: 6 p.m. on October 13, 2020
  • Ruby Young Elementary: 6:30 p.m. on October 8, 2020
  • The Meadows Elementary: 6:30 p.m. on October 8, 2020
  • Woodridge Elementary: 6 p.m. on October 13, 2020

Middle Schools:

  • East Middle School: 6 pm on October 14, 2020
  • McCowan Middle School: 6 pm on October 14, 2020
  • West Middle School: 6pm on October 13, 2020

DeSoto High School: (Meetings will take place via Zoom)

  • 9th Grade: 6pm on October 15, 2020: Zoom Link
  • 10th Grade: 6pm on October 22, 2020: Zoom Link
  • 11th Grade: 5pm on October 29, 2020: Zoom Link
  • 12th Grade: 6pm on October 28, 2020: Zoom Link

Please remember that all parents and families MUST wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines when attending campus events.

In preparation for campus-supervised learning, it is important for parents to note the following:

  • Families are responsible for transporting students to and from campuses each day.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle as all fountains will be shut off.
  • Students and staff are REQUIRED to wear face masks while on district property

Please see the campus safety guidelines online here:http://www.desotoisd.org/about_de_soto_i_s_d/reconnect_plan/reconnect_guides

For questions or additional support, please direct an email to your campus principal or to the general district email account at Info@DeSotoISD.org