Amarillo ISD discusses 2020-2021 school year

Education

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) —On Monday, May 18, the Amarillo ISD board of trustees discussed what school will look like in Amarillo, next school year. 

The board discussed a wide range of topics ranging from how the last two months have gone to how they plan on moving forward with the summer school schedule, as well as the start of the 2020-2021 school year based on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) recommendations.

The board talked about ways they are trying to get technology like Wi-Fi and computers into the hands of as many students as they can, and while the meeting was covered in a bit of uncertainty, AISD Superintendent, Doug Loomis seemed optimistic about the district’s COVID-19 plans regarding summer school and the upcoming school year.

Loomis said, “We’re excited about the prospects, with this multi-dimensional approach. We’re gonna prepare for traditional, but we know that we’re gonna have to think about, what else can it be other than traditional.”

One of the untraditional approaches Loomis mentioned as an idea included extending school days by half an hour so that if school was forced to be canceled they would have extra days logged they wouldn’t have to make up. 

Loomis also discussed some of the TEA’s recommendations on summer school and how hand sanitizer is going to be required to be next to every door in a school building for everyone’s safety. 

Loomis further discussed summer school by saying he believes AISD will give students, parents, and teachers a break by most likely not starting classes until July. 

 You can find a link to the guidance that TEA issued earlier today on operational considerations for summer school/re-opening school campuses by clicking here.

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