Holliday ISD Superintendent Cody Carroll released a letter Tuesday, July 14, discussing the district’s plans on returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year.

The superintendent did preface the letter by saying everything is subject to change. He added the district’s current plan is to return to school on its scheduled date of Aug. 17.

“As we currently continue to move forward with our plans for the 20-21 school year, we are excited about the opportunity to get students back on campus,” Carroll wrote. “I think we all understand that school will look different this fall and there will be new requirements and protocols that will be put in place. Please keep in mind that the decisions being made are in an effort to create as safe of an environment as we can for our students and staff.”

He said the district had 678 families and 86 staff members fill out the survey regarding a return to school which were sent out on July 2. The superintendent added that the survey showed 77.2% of

families and 91.4% of staff felt comfortable with a return to campus with various safety measures.

“In accordance with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines for return to school, and the feelings of our families on both sides, we will offer parents the choice of on-campus instruction or a virtual learning option,” Carroll wrote. “We will be asking parents to decide by Aug. 3 which option they want for their students. You will have our complete plan of what the two options will look like prior to you having to make this important decision.”

Extracurricular activities will be guided by the TEA and University Interscholastic League, according to the release.

“We will continue to follow recommendations from these two agencies concerning our students participation,” the release reads. “Keep in mind that it will be very difficult for a student that chooses remote instruction to be involved in these activities. We will be making decisions on whether or not to allow students who are not physically on campus to participate in these activities.”

The district held a special called board meeting on Wednesday, July 22, with the hopes of releasing a more detailed plan on July 23. For more information on the plan, see the next edition of the Archer County News.

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