The schools in the Pecan Grove area —which includes Pecan Grove Elementary, Neill Elementary, Bowie Middle and Travis High schools — may have full in-person education for the next school year.

Outgoing Fort Bend ISD Supt. Dr. Charles Dupre said that he expects all students will be back in district schools for the 2021-22 school year after having some students participate in digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are anticipating a return to pre-pandemic operations in the new academic year which begins in August. That means all students will return to in-person instruction at their schools,” Dupre said in a video on the district’s website. “Exceptions will be made for a small percentage of students who require continued virtual learning due to extenuating circumstances.”

FBISD started the school year with about half of its student population in digital learning and the rest in schools. But as of now, over three-fourths of the students are back in classes.

The district is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases on its campuses. Only 68 total cases are on district campuses, with only two cases at Travis and three at Bowie. FBISD reported over 350 cases in late January.

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in Fort Bend County has helped lower the threat level in Fort Bend County from red (severe) to yellow (moderate).

Dupre also said that the district’s board of trustees will have a public hearing on the budget and tax rate on Monday, May 10. Although the board discussed a possible increase on the tax rate of $0.03, it may not be needed if the Texas Legislature allows federal funding for schools to be distributed, Dupre said.

“At this time, our legislature is in session and have not yet determined how they will allocate the federal funds. I encourage all parents, staff, and community members to contact your elected officials to compel them to allocate FBISD the federal funds that were designated for our use as determined by the local school board.”

Dupre, who will resign as FBISD superintendent as soon as a successor can be named, also said that next year’s budget will include a $3,000 pay increase for teachers and a 4% raise for non-teaching staff.

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