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Announcements from TEA, originally planned for last week, were postponed following a recent uptick statewide in confirmed cases of Covid-19.
As noted previously, the health and safety of HPISD students, staff, families and our community is the district's top priority. Every decision made will take into consideration the latest guidance and direction from local, state and federal authorities.
The state announced previously that, regardless of final guidance regarding in-person instruction, school districts will be required to offer instruction remotely to students whose parents request it. HPISD will make this option available to parents later this summer once more details become available. If and when students return to schools for instruction, HPISD will increase safety protocols to limit exposure, including enhanced cleaning, hand sanitizer stations and adjusted schedules. The district is preparing for a virtual option for all students should the need arise.
Regardless of the circumstances, the district is committed to providing the highest quality education to all students and to supporting the well-being of every student, every day.
The district's planning committee, which includes HPISD Trustees Lee Michaels and Tom Sharpe, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg, Dallas County Health and Human Services Chief Epidemiologist (and HPISD parent) Dr. Wendy Chung, all school principals, and other district administrators, is continuing to prepare for the start of school by closely examining how all scenarios will impact our students and staff. The patience and understanding of parents is greatly appreciated as we wait for instructions from the state during this unprecedented period.
A web page regarding plans for the fall is on the district's site along with FAQs, and HPISD will notify families as soon as new information is provided from TEA.