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Fort Bend ISD Reimagined: 2020-21 Planning Update #1

Transcript found on the Superintendent's Blog.

 

FORT BEND ISD (June 16, 2020) — During the June 15 Regular Board Meeting, Fort Bend ISD staff shared a conceptual framework for instruction in the 2020-21 school year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The FBISD model, 2020 Future Forward, is intended to support FBISD’s continued commitment to the FBISD Core Beliefs and Commitments, even during the unique and challenging pandemic. FBISD remains committed to collaborating with parents, our community and other team members each step of the way, and the mental and physical well-being our students and staff will be the highest priority at all times.

Fort Bend ISD’s goal is to provide equitable learning experiences for students, which will include both face-to-face and online instructional delivery. It is also important that FBISD provides systems for flexible student support, as well as ongoing and targeted interventions and enrichment.

The 2020 Future Forward Model includes:

  • PreK – 6th grade: Student instruction would occur in school and in classrooms five days a week. At this time, the length of the school day has not been determined. The District has heard concerns and know that childcare is an issue as parents return to work, and we are working to provide the usual, full-length school day, if possible. However, that promise cannot be made today.
  • 7th – 12th grade: Student instruction would occur in a combination of at school and at home learning.

Additional components of the 2020 Future Forward Model:

  • The instructional program for students at all grade levels will include some components of online learning. This will allow students and staff to be prepared to shift to full-time online learning if it is necessary to temporarily close a school because of a covid-19 outbreak.
  • Providing a safe, appropriate learning environment for all students might require using our school buildings differently, which means students might be asked to learn in pods or even buildings typically used by a different grade level.
  • As previously shared, parents will also have the option of choosing full-time at home, online based learning for their children.
  • In all scenarios and at all grade levels, fine arts and PE will be a part of the instructional program, along with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to the fullest extent possible. However, it is possible these activities could be modified somewhat to mitigate health and safety risks. FBISD will comply with guidance issued by the UIL.

Next steps:

Planning will now shift to developing and operational details to open school in August. This includes extensive staff training to make sure they are prepared to receive and support our students.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: These ideas are preliminary because the TEA has not yet published guidance regarding reopening schools this fall, and there will be many logistical details to coordinate.  Additionally, FBISD is still receiving feedback from parents and staff through surveys and focus groups.

The plan shared with the Board of Trustees June 15 is subject to change as additional guidance is received from the TEA and details are worked out on a local level.

Fort Bend ISD is committed to transparent and timely communication and will continue to keep our community updated as information is available.