Eanes ISD Superintendent Tom Leonard announced at the Oct. 19 school board meeting that the district plans to ease pandemic restrictions on in-person activities but will still require masks be worn on school campuses. The move comes as the district reported less than 10 COVID-19 cases districtwide.
Veterans Day events will be held both virtually and in person for select students across campuses. The high school will also hold its annual homecoming dance in person Oct. 23 in the Chap Court and nearby courtyards that offer ample outdoor space.
Transitions to in-person school assemblies will be scaled appropriately by splitting up students into smaller groups that will gradually grow to allow students to adjust. After a period of time, visitors will also be permitted to attend the assemblies. Parent teacher organization and booster clubs will be allowed to hold in-person meetings with a virtual viewing option as will district committees with staff and community members.
“Things are getting better,” Leonard said. “We’ve been under 10 cases districtwide for a while. We want to get people back on campuses. It feels like normal is coming back, and I love normal coming back.”
As of Oct. 20, there were nine reported cases of COVID-19 in EISD, all of which are students.