Ferris ISD's Response to Coronavirus

Ferris ISD's Response to Coronavirus
Posted on 07/22/2020
Good morning FISD family.

Last night the Board of Trustees received updated return to school recommendations necessitated by current public health guidance from state, regional, and county officials.  These recommendations are based on the current infection rates and community spread of COVID-19 in our community, Ellis County and the greater DFW area.  The Board approved a phased implementation plan to better ensure the health and safety of students and staff.

Phase I - August 12 remains the first day of school, but all classes will be virtual and students will be joining remotely from home.  The small number of student exceptions permitted will be staff children and students without Internet access at home (as mandated by TEA.)  We anticipate this total number of students at school during the instructional day to be under 20%.  We will continue in this virtual model through September 4.  This gives each campus an opportunity to practice new social distancing routines and safety/cleaning protocols with a small sample of our student population.

Phase II - Beginning September 8 and continuing through October 2, an additional portion of students will be permitted back on campus.  This group will include those students whose parents have indicated work conflicts prevent an adult from being home during the school day as well as high school CTE students involved in specific courses requiring in-person instruction.  Based on survey data, we believe this phase will add an additional 20% of the overall student population.

Phase III - Starting October 7 all other students whose parents have committed to in-person/on-campus instruction will be permitted to join.  Additionally, FHS is planning to implement a blended model (as permitted by TEA for high school campuses only) that will rotate student groups on campus and keep the student counts at no more than 50% in daily attendance.

A comprehensive set of documents is posted on our website that details remote instruction, in-person instruction, and cleaning/safety protocols for parents to review.  Additionally, each parent is asked to complete a Commitment Form to choose one of the two instructional models available: in-person or at-home.  Although this viral spread is a fluid situation and we expect changes along the way, these commitments will assist us in staffing plans for both instructional models.

Additionally, we are collecting parent questions and curating them into a Q & A document that we will publish very soon.  Our goal is to provide you with timely and accurate answers to your questions as we prepare for educating your children beginning August 12.  

Continued blessings to you and your families!

James Hartman
Superintendent