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School starts Aug. 17
By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Students’ first day of school for the 2020-21 year will be Monday, Aug. 17, according to officials at Wellington ISD.
“While this will be a unique start for the 2020-2021 school year, Wellington ISD is looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to their campuses for an outstanding year,” WISD Superintendent Kurt Ashmore said. “Our teachers and staff have missed the interaction with our students and are ready to begin. The first day of in-service for staff members is Aug. 10, and the first day back for students is Aug. 17.”
Due to COVID-19, parents are being asked to complete the Learning Option Survey currently posted on each campus’ Facebook page.
WISD will offer a virtual instruction option. The requirements for virtual school are significantly more demanding on students’ daily participation and completion of work at home as compared to this past spring, according to the social media sites.
“This year may look different, it may feel different, but our students will be surrounded by the success and tradition that Wellington ISD offers,” Ashmore said. “The main change to reopening will be the option of face-to-face (on campus) learning or virtual learning. Families need to decide which option works best for each child’s situation by the time students register.”
Parents are requested to answer the survey questions so each campus can best be prepared for whatever option best suits families. Those with multiple children can complete one survey per family.
The options on the survey are attending in-person at school with heightened disinfecting protocols or attending virtually from home with support from district provided technology.
“WISD has provided an FAQ (facts and question) document (on Facebook) to answer the most common questions parents and students may have,” Ashmore added. “In addition, the administration is putting the final touches on our reopening plan and hope to release those details next week.”
The survey goes on to request information on daily access to technology available (not including any WISD school issued devices) such as computer/laptop, tablet, smartphone and broadband internet.
No device at home and no internet at home are survey questions, too.
“Wellington ISD will continue to follow TEA (Texas Education Agency), UIL (University Interscholastic League) and CDC (Center of Disease Control) guidelines to provide for the safest teaching and learning environments for our students and staff,” he said. “If you have any questions, feel free to contact your campus principal.”