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Dear SBISD Families, Staff and Community Members,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the start of summer.

In SBISD, we are busy planning for the school year ahead. This week, over 300 district leaders are participating in our two-day Leadership U, focused on deep learning, closing academic gaps, strengthening social emotional supports, and more. 

Still Awaiting Guidance

While we still await 2020-21 school year guidance from Governor Abbott and the Texas Education Agency, we are relentlessly preparing for a variety of possibilities that will allow our students to resume instruction on August 17. To reconfirm, we plan to follow our board-approved 2020-21 academic calendar, even if guidance requires our instructional settings to look different.

Monday evening, we presented to Trustees an overview of possible scenarios we are studying, should mandates from the state require us to implement an instructional model different from the norm. (Watch presentation video - Item 6B on Meeting Index.) While we are planning for a regular school year, it is our responsibility to ensure we are prepared to swiftly pivot to a different model, should social distancing or other directives require us to do so.

We are pleased that over 7,100 families took our latest survey, and nearly 3,000 employees answered our staff survey. Both surveys focused on sentiments around COVID-19 and the upcoming school year. This week, we are conducting feedback sessions with key stakeholder groups, including Council of PTAs and school PTA leaders, Teachers of the Year, the Title I Parent Advisory Committee, the District Improvement Team, and my Key Communicator Network. Taken together, this feedback will help inform our planning and decision making for the year ahead.

Commitments

As we plan for the future, on behalf of our senior staff, I am proud to share commitments that we make to you - our families, students, staff and community. Rooted in our core values, these commitments are foundational to our work ahead. Our commitments begin with these two non-negotiables as our guiding imperatives.

As we tenaciously accept the challenge of this new normal, SBISD will continue to follow the guidance of local, state and national health and government agencies with two guiding imperatives:

  • the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and families, and 
  • the academic growth and social-emotional development our students need and deserve and their families expect.

View full commitment document.

Looking Forward

As we receive additional guidance on reopening schools we will continue to keep you informed.

Please know that no matter what the school year ahead looks like, we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back on August 17. We are deeply committed to providing an academically strong and outstanding school year for all of SBISD!

With appreciation,

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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