On July 21, Pearland ISD released a statement to parents that the board of trustees will consider delaying the first day of school to Aug. 31 at its July 28 meeting.
Updated at 6:31 p.m. July 20
On July 20, Pearland ISD updated its Plan to Proceed allowing remote students to participate in University Interscholastic League, or UIL, and extracurricular activities.
Originally published at 11:54 a.m. July 15
Pearland ISD has issued a statement saying students will have the option of going back to school in-person or to attend online next year as part of its Plan to Proceed. The plan is the work of administration, as well as a committee made up of teachers, parents and community members, district administration said.
“Our first and foremost challenge is to protect student/staff health and safety while delivering instruction under both scenarios,” Kelly said in a letter to the district.
The district has a list of requirements for in-classroom and remote learning on its website. Students that opt for in-class learning will be required to be screened daily for COVID-19, all children age 10 and older will be required to use face coverings, and hand sanitizer stations will be places around campuses. Classrooms will also be arranged to provide the maximum social distancing possible, according to the district website.
Remote instruction will include structured class times where the teacher and students will connect remotely in real time, as well as class assignments that do not require live virtual teacher-student contact, according to the district. The district is also requiring families who opt for remote learning have a parent at home with any students who fall in between pre-K to fourth grade. The district has also recommended that students who struggled with remote learning in the spring opt for in-classroom learning, according to the website.
“While there remains uncertainty about the trajectory of the pandemic and any resulting directives from state and regional officials, we must now make commitments and non-negotiable safeguards geared toward protecting our students/staff and promoting excellent instruction under unprecedented circumstances,” Kelly said in a letter to the district.