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HPISD COVID Cases
 
HPISD has created a page to provide timely and transparent lab-confirmed COVID-19 case information related to the community. The numbers represent cumulative data reported to the district since Aug. 20, 2020, and involve Highland Park ISD students and staff members. Go here to see the information.

Back to School Quick Start Guide

Parents Quick Start Guide
A one-page Quick Start guide is available to help parents get their students started with online learning. Additional details for students and parents regarding access to online learning platforms will be communicated by each child’s teacher.
 

For remote resources for learners, including a technology Help Desk request form for families, click here. Students must engage in a live session or submit an assignment each day in order to be counted present.

2020-21 Back to School Planning

Highland Park ISD will begin the 2020-21 school year with an emergency closure schedule starting Thursday, Aug. 20, with parents being given the option to send their children to school for in-person instruction beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.
 
The district has an ample supply of PPE including hand sanitizer in every classroom, plexiglass in high traffic areas and cleaning supplies. Plexiglass shields to be used by each elementary school student throughout the day and for use in secondary cafeterias are also on order. Please see this flyer from the Texas Education Agency regarding rights and responsibilities during COVID-19.
 
Starting in-person instruction on Sept. 8 will give district staff time to prepare to offer two simultaneous tracks of rigorous instruction, both in-person in a safe setting and remote, which has never been done previously. To accommodate these two tracks, staffing adjustments will be necessary in every grade at every school.
 
Barring anything unforeseen at this time, Sept. 8 will be the date in-person instruction begins. The number of COVID-19 cases in the zip codes serving the Park Cities are among the lowest in Dallas County and the number of new cases reported by the county continues to decline.
 
Starting with an emergency closure schedule will also prepare staff, students and parents to be ready in case it is necessary to close a school or all schools later in the semester. The remote learning offered this coming fall, whether through an emergency closure schedule or if chosen by parents for their children, will look significantly different and be much stronger than what was offered in the spring.
 
On September 8, at Highland Park High School only, students who choose to receive in-person instruction will begin a hybrid schedule. Students will follow their regular brick and mortar schedule with one-half of students in class on campus each day while the other half of students log in to follow along virtually. Students will alternate their attendance on campus each day, with half attending school on A days and the other half attending on B days, resulting in 3 days of in-person instruction one week and two days the following week. Students will be split according to the alphabet to take into consideration families with multiple students at the high school. At the same time, there will still be full-time remote instruction for students who choose that option.
 
HPISD's Back to School plan can be seen below. This document is the result of months of planning by a committee made up of district trustees, staff and the chief epidemiologist for the Dallas County Health and Human services department. More information can be found in these frequently asked questions. HPISD's plan for handling confirmed cases and exposure to COVID-19 can be found here.
 
Information about Special Programs can be found here.
 
To minimize and maintain social distancing, HPISD will limit visitors on campus at this time to only essential functions. Visitor information and procedures can be found here.
 
Working plans from elementary and secondary campuses, as well as videos hosted by school principals, can be found below.
 
Below are links to each plan in its present form:
Elementary School Welcome Video, hosted by all five elementary school principals
 
McCulloch Intermediate School Video, hosted by Principal Dr. Skip Moran
 
Highland Park Middle School Video, hosted by Principal Dr. Christopher Miller
 
Highland Park High School Video, hosted by Principal Jeremy Gilbert
Back to School Reopening Document Change Log
 
Aug. 28 Update:
 
  • Adjusted MIS schedule to match MIS campus plan
 
July 30 Update:
 
  • Updated social distancing definition
  • Clarified use of lunch partitions and spacing
  • Updated clinic procedures
  • Updated COVID symptoms
 
PREVIOUS NEWS REGARDING START OF 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
 
On June 18, the Commissioner issued a statement saying that it will be safe for students, teachers and staff to return to campuses for in-person instruction this fall. Click here to read the full story.
 
On July 7, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued guidelines for school districts to open this fall. Click here to read a letter from Superintendent Tom Trigg to the HPISD community.
 
To listen and view June Town Hall Meetings featuring HPISD principals and local city/town leaders, click here
 
Back to School Quick Links