"While the future related to the COVID-19 virus remains uncertain, planning for the fall is underway," the emailed update said.
The task force will focus on five core areas: safety and operations; learning and teaching; training; human resources and health services; and technology and information. This includes developing a "return to instruction plan" as well as identifying training needs for staff and protocols for safely returning to school in the fall.
The creation of the task force is in addition to the district researching and collaborating with the Texas Education Agency, according to the district.
PISD will be adding a space to its website dedicated to informing parents, students and staff of decisions and plans for the upcoming year, and it will continue to send out regular parent communications, the update said.
The district is also working to plan face-to-face and at-home learning options for students after receiving mixed feedback so far from its May 2020 family and community survey.
As of June 3, the district plans to follow its adopted calendar for the 2020-21 school year. In the case of a prolonged closure, the district will revisit the calendar, according to the update.
"Our greatest hope is that we will all return to our campuses on August 12 to resume school as normal with the addition of health and safety measures," the update said. "However, we must be prepared for options that include both face-to-face and at-home learning should the need arise as safety continues to be our top priority."