July 17, 2020
Dear Allen ISD Parents and Guardians,
Throughout the summer months, the situation surrounding COVID-19 has continued to change at a rapid pace. During the entire planning process for our return to school, Allen ISD has kept the safety of our students, staff and families at the forefront while offering both In-Person and At-Home Learning options. As active cases continue to rise both locally and statewide, Allen ISD has made the difficult choice to move to an At-Home Learning virtual model for at least the first three weeks of school for all students. Students will not attend campus for any In-Person instruction during this time. Please know this decision was not made lightly, but with the safety of our students, staff and community in mind.
All students will begin the first day of school on August 12 participating in At-Home Learning. During this three-week period, AISD teachers and staff will report to district facilities to focus on the education of your children. This will allow our staff to utilize campus resources and instructional tools to provide students with structured and engaging learning opportunities. Following the three-week period, on September 2, our plan is for students who have chosen In-Person Learning to return to campus, and students who have chosen At-Home Learning to continue to learn from home. To provide as much consistency as possible, Allen ISD will make every effort for students to have the same teachers and classmates during and after this three-week period.
In order to build your child’s schedule and assign their teachers, Allen ISD is still requiring all parents to complete their Commitment Form for either In-Person Learning or At-Home Learning. This form also helps us identify which students need to borrow a technology device to complete At-Home Learning assignments.
I know you likely have many questions, regarding technology distribution, extracurriculars, scheduling, and more. We expect the UIL to provide guidance for in-person athletics and fine arts activities next week. We will share more information with you as soon as it becomes available. You may submit your questions to the Return to School Question Form, and district staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Please know that we may not be able to offer specific details for your child at this time.
I realize the challenge that this three-week change brings for many of our families, and I know so many of our students and staff were looking forward to returning to campus for the start of a new school year. I want to thank each of you for your continued understanding and support as we work to keep our students, staff, and community safe.
Superintendent of Schools