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Pearsall ISD is joining a growing number of school districts that are returning to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.
In a letter to parents, PISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez said that students returned to campus this week as part of the district’s new re-entry plan requiring students to return to in-person learning.
“This decision has been made in consultation with campus and district leadership,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “This transition plan will include having students back for state assessments and the last six weeks grading period to identify gaps in learning process and support students as they transition into the next grade level.”
Fourth grade, 7th, 9th and 10th grade students and all 11th and 12th grade STAAR/EOC re-testers were asked to return to school campuses for state assessments this week.
All students will be required to return to campuses for the sixth six weeks beginning Tuesday, April 13.
“We will continue to offer remote learning for students with personal health concerns or students with at-home
family members who are considered medically fragile,” Rodriguez said. “A medical exemption form will need to be completed by a doctor for these special cases.”
The superintendent said that in the event of COVID-19 infection or quarantine, PISD will revert back to remote learning for affected students for the amount of time required by district protocols. Day-to-day remote learning, however, will not be an option for families otherwise. The superintendent noted that students may be able to transfer to another district that provides remote instruction, if that district accepts remote student transfers.
“We will continue to enforce social distancing, the wearing of face masks, the use of desk shields, and sanitation protocols that have been in place since the beginning of the school year,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “The safety and well-being of the students and employees remain top priorities at PISD. COVID-19 vaccines have been made available to all district employees thanks to South Texas Rural Health Services, Frio Regional Hospital, and HEB Pharmacy.
“Our next health plan will include making COVID-19 vaccines available to interested students 16 years and older with parent permission.”