Magnolia ISD will allow students to visit campuses and teachers before officially reopening after Labor Day, MISD Superintendent Todd Stephens said in a July 29 letter to parents.

In order to start bringing students back to campuses, MISD has developed Small Group Support Days that will begin Aug. 17, Stephens said.

“Small Group Support Days are not required for students to attend but we want to do what we can to give students an opportunity to see their teachers, interact with their classmates and experience being in school as we begin this year,” Stephens said.

Stephens said based on a survey MISD sent out to parents earlier this summer, the majority of parents want children to return to schools.

MISD postponed its reopening after Montgomery County Public Health District sent a letter to Montgomery County superintendents asking districts to delay reopening to after Labor Day, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

“Part of the guidance issued from MCPHD encourages our county school districts to bring small student groups to the campus which allows us to practice our safety protocols while also trying to connect our teachers with our students,” Stephens said.

Stephens said reopening schools is a priority for the district as well and Small Group Support Days can help while learning remains remote.

“While we understand this is not a perfect situation, bringing groups to campuses gives our teachers and staff an opportunity to meet with your child and provide some in-person assistance with online learning happening through September 4,” Stephens said.

Campuses are currently working on what the first day of school will look like, and information will be updated on MISD’s website, according to the letter.

“This is a good way for us to prepare our campus to safely welcome back all of our students who choose to return to on-campus learning on September 8,” Stephens said.