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School Starts Aug. 17 - In-Person & Virtual

Argyle ISD will move forward with its Return to Learning schedule for the 2020-2021 school year with a start date of Monday, Aug. 17 for in-person and virtual learning.

During Monday's Special Board meeting, the Argyle ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved keeping the District's current plans in place for a safe start to the school year by adhering to Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines and procedures for in-person learning. Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Denton County Public Health, attended the meeting and discussed the recommendation for county school districts to delay the start of in-person learning by three weeks.

Ultimately, the Board decided what is best for Eagle students, staff and the community is to maintain the current schedule in place for a return to in-person and virtual learning on Aug. 17. In making its decision, the Board took into consideration extensive feedback from parents and community members and the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that support in-person instruction for students and the impact of learning by returning to the classroom. Schools provide many services in addition to learning for students including meals, technology, social interaction and access to essential services.

"We are grateful for the information provided to the Board by Denton County Public Health and we reviewed their recommendations extensively and discussed thoroughly," Argyle ISD School Board President Sam Slaton said. "We believe this decision to start in-person on August 17 is in the best interest of our students, staff and community and benefits the entire well-being of our Eagles."

Parents who would like their children to follow the virtual learning model will still have this option. The deadline for choosing the virtual learning model is Monday, Aug. 3. If you are interested in virtual learning, click here to fill out an application.

Trustees stressed the district is focused on teacher safety in the classroom by expanding safety and training procedures for their protection as they return to in-person instruction for the first time since March. They also credited the health protocols already put in place by the district and cited the positive impact of safety guidelines and procedures being implemented by students and staff during the summer strength and conditioning as well as band practices that started in June. Throughout the summer, reported contacts and cases have been minimal.

''We are very excited to welcome back our students and staff on Aug. 17 both in-person and virtually," Argyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright said. "We have challenges ahead and are committed to exhausting all measures and resources to keeping our Eagles as safe as possible when they return. These are circumstances we could never have imagined, but we have incredible teachers and staff ready to provide the level of excellence our families and students expect."

Argyle ISD has been diligent in reviewing safety procedures and guidelines by creating a COVID-19 Task Force earlier this summer which consists of teachers and campus and district administrators. The task force examines protocols for virtual and in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year and provides updates on a regular basis.

The District asks for the Argyle ISD community's partnership and support during this crucial time as it prepares for the start of school by diligently following all safety guidelines where possible, including physical distancing, limited exposure to social gatherings, wearing face coverings in public and washing or cleaning hands as often as possible.