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PISD addresses frequently asked questions

Following the release of the revised instructional plan for 2020-2021, Princeton ISD wants to address several questions that parents have asked.
1. GT services will be available for virtual and face-to-face instruction.
2. There will be an application process based upon need to check out a tablet/Chromebook, so students will need to qualify. Campus principals will have more information after plans are finalized.
3. Band and athletics, for both face-to-face and virtual instruction, will be offered as allowed by UIL. At this time, all sports will be played in the fall, but UIL will have the final say. If the state allows participation in sports and band, Princeton will provide those activities.
4. For students who choose virtual instruction, there will be an expectation students will be logged on for a minimum of four hours a day. This is being required to be a similar amount of time as if sitting in a classroom at school.
5. For questions concerning masks, the governor has issued an order for all students 10 and older to wear a mask. However, Princeton ISD is requiring all 3rd-graders and above to wear a mask. Because of late enrollments and possible retentions, it is feasible that 3rd-graders can be 10 years old, and these students will not be singled out. This is a safety precaution, and district administrators believe students in 3rd grade are capable of wearing masks. In terms of CDC's social distancing requirements, masks provide enough protection that if a student tests positive for COVID-19, the entire class will not need to be sent home to quarantine for 14 days. The precaution will help ensure students are not constantly going back and forth between home-based learning and in-school instruction.
6. Following TEA guidelines, a student on the virtual instruction plan can return to campus for face-to-face instruction at the end of any 6-week grading period.
7. For planning purposes, Princeton ISD requests the decision forms choosing on-campus or virtual instruction be submitted as soon as possible. Although this is a request, decisions need to be made by July 17 to allow enough time to have teachers in place to effectively handle each method of instruction.
8. The procedural questions regarding how a typical day on campus will look, as well as the steps that will be taken once a student tests positive for coronavirus, will be addressed in the complete 2020-2021 “PISD Instructional Practices Guide,” which should be posted by the end of next week.