Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre, along with the superintendents of Lamar CISD, Stafford MSD and Needville ISD, joined Fort Bend County Judge KP George for a virtual education town hall on April 15.

The event, which was live streamed on George’s Facebook page, brought together more than 900 parents and community members.

The possibility of returning to school, graduation ceremonies, grading policies, and next year’s academic calendar were some of the topics discussed.

While the other area districts have not yet decided if students will return to campus this school year, FBISD announced April 14 that students will finish the 2019-20 school year online. Additionally, FBISD graduation ceremonies will be postponed until July.

FBISD also announced how grades will be recorded for the last part of the school year. Students will be evaluated for the fourth nine weeks as to whether they “met standards” or “did not meet standards.”

Dupre said this grading mechanism is equitable while allowing the district to keep track of which students may need additional help over the summer or at the beginning of next school year.

“Even with our best efforts, we know that we are going to have students who are going to need extra support next year,” Dupre said. “And, it’s going to be the majority of our students.”

At the April 15 town hall, Dupre did not rule out the possibility that FBISD students may return to school a week or two early in the fall to ensure students are ready for the grade level they are preparing to enter.

“We’re trying to figure out ways to build a calendar for next year that includes a schedule or timelines for that type of intervention,” Dupre said.

Dupre encouraged parents with individual questions to reach out to their student’s teachers and principals or to contact the FBISD online learning support call center at 281-634-0826.

George announced on Facebook the county will host a similar event with school leaders next week.