Next week’s board meeting will be key in deciding when schools like Pecan Grove Elementary School, Neill Elementary School, Bowie Middle School and Travis High School will open their doors to students.

Fort Bend ISD has called a special board of trustees meeting on Wednesday that will discuss when – and how – the district will begin in-person education.

Supt. Dr. Charles Dupre said that the meeting will also discuss “specific timelines and any updates related to UIL activities,” which will include athletics.

“As a part of our continued planning, we will be asking staff to declare their ability to return to the workplace, and we will ask parents to select a learning model for their student – face to face or online,” Dupre said.

“Expect many more details on this process during the coming weeks. Until then, you can trust that we will continue to plan with student and staff well-being at the forefront of each decision.”

Dupre also discussed at last week’s monthly board meeting the creation of a management plan for the district to guide decision-making and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This matrix consists of three components – including a color-coded risk level and a variety of internal indicators that will be used to assess both campus and district conditions in Fort Bend ISD,” he said.

“I am proud of this effort, because it is important that FBISD has clearly defined internal data that we can use to determine our pandemic response. These indicators include teacher and staff attendance, as well as the number of positive cases within Fort Bend ISD’s staff and student body, based on our own COVID- 19 contact tracing data.”

Dupre added that the plan will be implemented with the help of a sub-committee of the FBISD School Health Advisory Committee, which includes local health professionals, parents and members of the district’s business community.

FBISD has been in virtual education for the first two weeks of the school year. The district did not have school on Wednesday or Thursday due to the possibility of Hurricane Laura hitting the Houston area, but FBISD resumed classes on Friday as the storm moved towards the east.

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