The School Zone: News

Dear SBISD Families, Staff and Community Members,

Earlier today, Governor Abbott and other state-level political leaders released a joint statement regarding the re-opening of schools. The statement notes, “The top priority is protecting the safety and health of students, teachers, staff, and families. To achieve that goal, the TEA provided local school boards the flexibility they need to open schools in ways that ensure public safety while also providing the best education options for students during this challenging school year.” 

The statement also asserts, “school boards can and should work collaboratively with, but not be subject to the advance directives of, local public health authorities, to ensure a safe and effective learning environment for Texas students.” 

SBISD continues to prioritize both the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and families, and our students’ academic growth and social-emotional development. 

We look forward to a great first day of school on August 24, with all our students learning remotely for the first two weeks. The week of August 17 has been designated as our Week of Welcome, “WOW Week,” during which our teachers will reach out to every family and begin building relationships with your children, as our traditional Meet the Teacher events cannot occur this year in the usual way. 

We also look forward to fully enacting our LearnSBISD Plan on Tuesday, September 8, with in-person learning beginning for those families choosing for their students to physically return to school. 

Last, we remind families that tonight at midnight is the deadline for families to select in-person or distance learning under the LearnSBISD planParents may submit their choice by completing the Learning Model Selection Form online through Skyward Family Access, or by printing and submitting a printed copy. Learn more here

We thank our community for your support, and we know a great year of learning is ahead. 

Wishing you a wonderful and safe rest of the summer.

With appreciation,

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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