HISD Strong Start Plan Updated

HISD Strong Start Plan Updated
Posted on 10/22/2020

Henrietta Independent School District
“All In For Excellence”
Scot Clayton, Superintendent

 

 

October 22, 2020

 

Dear Henrietta ISD Family and Friends

Just as the temperatures cooling, leaves falling, and days getting shorter mark the change in seasons, continual adjustments seem to be a product of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the 2020-2021 school year has progressed, the Henrietta ISD Strong Start document has progressed with updated guidance.

The first adjustment was HISD students returning to face-to-face instruction on Monday, November 2. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires HISD to give a 14-day notice to parents and notify them of instructional options. This was done via a letter which was sent on October 19, 2020.

The next adjustment will be for all students, including those in Head Start through third grade, to appropriately wear masks beginning Monday, October 26.  Masks will be available as needed.

Instructionally, this adjustment will allow Henrietta Elementary School to serve these students appropriately with small groups and interventions while maximizing safety for all.

This decision came after discussion at the last two school board meetings and at the district’s Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) meeting. The knowledge of the impact of wearing masks regarding the definition of “close contact” was too important to ignore.

Excerpts from TEA’s Public Health Guidance and the HISD Strong Start document define “close contact” as “…being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and appropriately masked)…may affect this determination.”

When all Henrietta ISD staff and students properly wear masks, the chance of staff and students becoming sick and/or having to quarantine for 14 days is greatly reduced. Wearing masks appropriately is the best safeguard for keeping the school doors open for students and staff.

The Henrietta ISD community has been steady, passionate, and supportive since August 20th to make the beginning of this school year as normal as possible. Students, parents, and staff at HISD are all part of a larger community and realize the responsibility to ensure cooperation in order to protect and promote the common good.

We are in this together. Your continued resilience has been noticed and certainly appreciated. In Henrietta, we are united and strong.

 

All In For Excellence

 

Scot Clayton
Superintendent of Schools


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