COVID 19 Update 13
Updates and Information from Olney ISD
July 2, 2020
Given the present uncertainty presented by COVID-19, Olney ISD would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of summer programs, as well as planning considerations the district is evaluating as we approach the 2020-2021 school year.
Following a long period of restricted activities, we were increasingly able to begin working with kids in summer conditioning programs, athletic camps, band, and academics. Students seemed to be ready to return and the turnout has been good. Many students found summer leagues to participate in, and we were thankful they were getting outside for fresh air and sunshine. This has been put on hold given the current status of COVID-19 at both the state and local level. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) issued guidance late Wednesday, July 1. It was recommended by UIL that schools cease these activities from July 3 through July 13. Out of an abundance of caution, we immediately shut down and plan to resume July 13. The situation is extremely fluid.
We remain attentive to all guidance regarding current conditions, and we hope to soon receive information and direction from the State, The Texas Education Agency (TEA), and UIL regarding the start of school for 2020-2021. We decided to begin school as early as possible to begin the process of making up for lost instructional time and provide for attendance flexibility in case of building closures. At this time our start date is August 3, 2020, but this could very likely change in light of recent events. Our goal is a relatively normal, face to face, start with a focus on enhanced hygiene programs, building cleanliness, and distancing to the most appropriate degree possible. Specifics are in development as are contingency plans. A major component of these plans is for online learning that ensures a continuity of instruction for our students. Our district now has the capacity to place an internet ready device in the hands of every student Pre-K through 12. We will have the ability to deliver daily instruction and assessment to each student whether at home or in the classroom.
We will be posting a survey on our social media pages and website for parents early next week. This will be of great help to us as we complete the planning process. Please monitor our school website, along with district and campus social media, for information on this survey and future developments that would impact school operation. Your input is essential and will be greatly appreciated. We remain thankful for your flexibility and patience as we work at making the best decisions possible for our students.
Dr. Greg Roach