Safe Together Board President Letter

President LetterGreetings Eagles,

The onset of the COVID-19 global health pandemic forced school systems across the country to reconsider how education functions. DeSoto ISD was no different. As a school district, we poured over data, research, insights and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and Dallas County Health and Human Services, among the many references we used to guide in adjusting to the realities of this virus.


A year later, we’ve learned so much about our ability to remain agile, to come together to make informed decisions in the best interest of our school community and to effectively implement new guidelines, protocols and procedures to provide a clean, safe and healthy learning environment.


Given our time spent reviewing research, we’ve found that students are falling behind academically which is why we want to invite our students to return to in-person learning.


When students are  physically in a classroom, teachers have the opportunity to more deeply engage students, perform responses to interventions, and offer other support and reinforcement to ensure students are actively learning and progressing.


With more widespread access to the COVID-19 vaccine, people across the country are taking an active role in stopping the virus’ spread. While the introduction of the vaccine is a significant step forward, we, in DeSoto ISD, will continue to be vigilant in upholding the safeguards we’ve implemented to reopen schools including wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. 


I encourage our families to consider returning to campus to ensure our scholars finish the year strong and in position to soar for the upcoming academic year.



Amanda Sargent

Board President

DeSoto Independent School District