EPISD Reopening Plan
Dear EPISD Family,
Earlier this month, we announced a change to our school calendar in which the first day of school instruction is Aug. 17. We know everyone is anxious to know what instruction will look like in the new year. As you can imagine, instruction will have to look differently this school year.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released initial guidelines for instruction, which include opportunities for continued remote learning and hybrid models. Given the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in El Paso County, we have decided on a phased-in approach for students. That means we won’t bring all students back at once. In the next few days, we will ask parents for their instructional preferences. Please respond promptly. Your responses will be used to place students into various instructional models.
Parents will be given the option to choose either staggered schedules or distance learning. Some groups, as identified by the District, may be offered face-to-face instruction. All options will offer engagement with teachers and peers. We will continue to monitor local health conditions and work with city health officials. Once conditions improve, and we’re given clearance from all entities, we will move toward bringing all students back full time.
TEA is expected to release further guidance this week both on instruction and health protocols. While we miss our students and staff, our No. 1 priority is keeping everyone safe. Our campuses currently are being prepared with the proper safety protocols in mind.
If we’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s to keep plans flexible and be ready to pivot. As the situation continues to evolve, we will provide updated information. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We ask that you continue to connect with us via the district website, social media and however you receive school news. It is critical that we all stay connected during this time as information and plans can change rapidly.