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Denison ISD releases school reopening plans

Sherman ISD will be requiring masks and at-home temperature checks in its back to school plan.
Sherman ISD will be requiring masks and at-home temperature checks in its back to school plan.(KXII)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 6:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2020 at 6:17 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - Denison ISD has released its back-to-school plans for parents to make their decision of sending their kids to school, or keeping at home for virtual learning.

They presented their full safe return to school plan to the school board Tuesday night, and administrators say they have had a positive response from parents.

“We did a survey that had about 22 percent said at that time they were gonna choose at-home, online learning,” said Denison Superintendent, Dr. Henry Scott.

Scott hopes to have 80 percent of kids in school next month.

“We’ve spent a lot of money preparing for the beginning of school,” said Scott.

The plans outline detailed protocols and procedures for parents of students and employees to follow.

“We have an app that they will report any type of symptoms their child might have. We’re also going to distribute thermometers that do not have them in the home. We’re asking them to check the temperature each day,” said Scott.

Things like daily screening, limited visitors, frequent disinfecting and mandatory face masks for students in grades 1 through 12.

“The Pre-K and the K; we understand by talking with a local pediatrician that that may not be age-appropriate for those kids,” said Scott.

The district purchased 6,000 reusable face coverings for every student and will have disposable masks on hand.

“We’re either gonna ask them to put the mask on or call the parents to come pick them up. It’s gonna be mandatory, it’s required so we’re gonna have to enforce it,” said Scott.

They will offer at-home and in-class learning with the option to switch from one to the other every 6 weeks.

“We feel that in-school learning is superior to online-learning, but we also understand that some parents that are not comfortable sending their kids to school need that option,” said Scott.

They’re asking parents to be responsible.

“Partner with us. If their child they’re sending to school has any of those symptoms, you know, keep them home,” said Scott.

Beginning Thursday, parents can go online and register their child for the first 6-week window of at-home learning. The full plan can be found here.

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