Klein ISD announces online-only start to 2020-21 school year, extends selection period for learning options

Klein ISD officials announced July 22 that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year remotely Aug. 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Klein ISD officials announced July 22 that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year remotely Aug. 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Klein ISD officials announced July 22 that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year remotely Aug. 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following suit with several neighboring Greater Houston-area school districts, Klein ISD officials announced July 22 that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year remotely Aug. 19

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, urged local school district superintendents to start the school year virtually—possibly until October—in a letter July 20.

Additionally, the Texas Education Agency released updated guidance July 17, allowing Texas school districts the option of offering online-only instruction for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year. The guidance also allows local school boards to adopt an additional four-week transition window if the initial four-week period is not sufficient in regions with high coronavirus case counts.

"Unfortunately, the prevalence of the virus in our community continues to be such that the Harris County Public Health shared publicly this week that it is not yet safe to open school to in-person learning at this time or in the near future and has urged all school districts in Harris County to begin the school year online until data supports a safe return to in-person learning," KISD's July 22 release reads.

In response to the climbing COVID-19 cases in Harris County, Klein ISD students will still begin the 2020-21 school year Aug. 19 as planned; however, instruction will be done entirely online until at least Sept. 9.


According to the release, district officials will reassess conditions and communicate an updated plan for students who selected the Klein On-Campus option after Aug. 24. Additionally, district officials have extended the selection period for families to choose either Klein On-Campus or Klein Online for the upcoming school year until July 31 at 5 p.m.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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