As students in the Pecan Grove area wind down a crazy end to the school year, there are several questions around when – and how – the beginning of the new school year will look like at Pecan Grove Elementary, Neill Elementary, Bowie Middle and Travis High schools.
Fort Bend ISD Supt. Dr. Charles Dupre said that he is waiting on direction from the Texas Education Agency and the governor’s office on what guidelines will be set for schools to open in August, but he did say that online teaching will continue for at least a part-time basis.
Dupre said in a video posted to the FBISD website that he is looking at three scenarios to how the new school year will look.
“While the first scenario would be a traditional setting, with students back in classrooms and schools, the second would involve the continuation of full-time online learning,” he said. “Though, as I shared with board members, we will take advantage of the next three months to carefully plan so that we can improve on our current practices.”
The last scenario would be a hybrid of in-person teaching and online instruction to keep students and teachers safe. Students would be divided into groups and would alternate going to the schools for a two-to-three-day period.
“We do not know what the future looks like, but you can trust that we will use all available resources and information to prepare for whatever situation we find ourselves in,” Dupre said. “Our students are worth it, and they are counting on us to do whatever it takes to help them succeed.”
The new school year is set to begin in August with teachers reporting on Aug. 3 and students on Aug. 12.
Dupre also said that while he is happy that FBISD has avoided layoffs of faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said that next year’s budget will not have any pay increases, as the district prepares for a drop in the state education budget.
“It is likely school funding will be impacted, which makes it even more important for us to be frugal,” Dupre said. “Therefore, we are reevaluating all new programs and programs planned for expansion during the next year.”