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Denton County School Districts Review DCPH Recommendation To Begin with Virtual Learning

Following a recommendation from Denton County health officials for county school districts to begin the school year virtually until Tuesday, Sept. 8, Argyle ISD is reviewing the matter and determining the best path forward for students and staff. 

The Denton County Public Health Department issued the recommendation on Monday, July 27, and Denton County school districts are now evaluating its effects on instructional and extracurricular programs.

Leaders from the following Denton County school districts are collaborating to share how the recommendation affects their respective schools: Argyle ISD, Aubrey ISD, Carrollton- Farmers Branch ISD, Denton ISD, Krum ISD, Lake Dallas ISD, Lewisville ISD, Little Elm ISD, North Texas Collegiate Academy (All Campuses), Pilot Point ISD, Ponder ISD, Westlake Academy and Sanger ISD.

Each school district will make its own decision separately based on the best interests of its community, and those decisions will be communicated directly to families by district leaders.

Denton County health officials recommended that school officials keep campuses closed through Monday, Sept. 7 and begin face-to-face instruction no sooner than Tuesday, Sept. 8. The county recommends districts to begin their school years virtually until that date.

Per Texas Education Agency guidelines, families can switch between two learning options – face-to-face or virtual – after the conclusion of each grading period.

Dr. Matt Richardson, director of the Denton County Public Health Department, said COVID-19 cases have continued to increase in the county and children can serve as transmission points for the virus. For the week of July 12, 15.5 percent of Denton County residents who were tested for COVID-19 received positive results, which is above the state average and the highest positivity rate for Denton County to date.

“DCPH remains a committed, available partner in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and is equally committed to assisting ISDs in returning to in-person learning,” the Denton County Public Health Department stated in a recent news release. “Our collective hope is to return to traditional education as soon as possible, with the knowledge that the global pandemic response will ultimately determine how ‘normalcy’ will return to our schools.”

Denton County school districts will continue to rely on the data and advice of local health experts going forward. For continued updates from the county, visit School districts will continue to communicate directly with families in the event of any updates.