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Back to School 2020 - 21 FAQ

HPISD hopes to welcome students back to as normal a situation as possible, however, the safety of our students and staff is our first priority. An announcement regarding the procedures to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year from the Texas Education Agency can be found here
 
As we plan for the unknown, HPISD commits to the following:
  1. The health and safety of our students, staff, families and community is our top priority. Every decision made will take into consideration the latest guidance and direction from local, state and federal authorities. 
  2. HPISD will provide the highest quality education to all students regardless of the circumstances.
  3. HPISD will support the well-being of every student, every day.
Click here to access HPISD's Back to School webpage and here to access the Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage. 
HPISD is planning to reopen schools on August 20. How instruction will be delivered will largely depend on the direction given by the state. HPISD received guidance from the Texas Education Agency on July 7. Please read the July 8 letter to HPISD families here
 
On June 18, the Commissioner of Education Mike Morath issued a statement saying it will be safe to resume in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. More direction from the state is expected this summer.

As we have learned this spring, this is an extremely fluid situation that can change frequently. Because of this HPISD is taking a multifaceted approach to prepare for the upcoming school year for any scenario. A committee has been formed to explore how HPISD may open schools safely. Members include HPISD Trustees Lee Michaels and Tom Sharpe, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg, Dallas County Health and Human Services Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Wendy Chung, all school principals, and other district administrators. 

Additionally, there are seven instructional subcommittees consisting of more than 100 staff volunteers examining key questions about virtual platforms, schedules and expectations, instructional best practices, performance-based courses, special programs, professional learning and student well-being.

  1. Face-to-face instruction in our state-of-the-art facilities.
  2. A hybrid model that allows for as much face-to-face instruction as possible. In particular, we are committed to working through obstacles to have our youngest children and students most in need of direct services in district classrooms.
  3. Providing high-quality instruction remotely with students and staff who have received training in best practices for virtual learning.
That decision will be made by the Governor; however, on June 18 Commissioner Mike Morath said it will be safe to resume in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. HPISD is paying close attention to continual updates from the state to make the best and safest decision for students and staff. 
That answer largely depends on the announcement from the Governor, as well as procedures and guidance sent from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). HPISD wants schools to reopen back to as normal a situation as possible, but the safety of our students and staff is the top priority. Guidelines provided by TEA on July 8 can be found here
Last week, HPISD held three Town Hall Meetings with campus, district and local leaders to address frequently asked questions about the upcoming school year. Each meeting lasted approximately an hour with more than 160 in attendance online.
 
To view or listen to the meetings, click here.
Playgrounds in HPISD are open, along with parks in the Town of Highland Park and City of University Park. Playfields are closed this summer for necessary maintenance. This includes Highlander Stadium and Scotland Yard. 
HPISD is offering summer school online. Click here for course information. 
Yes, HPISD will offer both throughout the summer.
 
Enrichment opportunities can be found through the Academy for Lifelong Learning. Click here to view virtual opportunities.  
 
Athletic summer camps have been cancelled. 
A survey was sent to all parents within HPISD in May to gain insight and feedback on the emergency remote learning platform used this spring. Survey results are helping to guide HPISD in conversations as the school district plans for the upcoming fall. Click here to view the results summary, and thank you for making your voice heard. 
Not at all! In fact, construction is making great progress and is on track for the start of school in August. Click here to view progress reports. 
Yes. The district is in the planning stages this summer of providing a robust virtual learning environment for families who are not comfortable sending students back to school in the fall. Campus administration will work with parents for their specific situation on a case-by-case basis. 
HPISD is planning to start the school year as initially planned on August 20. Any needed adjustments because of closures related to Covid-19 will be communicated throughout the school year.