Hello, Sundancer Families!
Since our last update, school superintendents and TEA met as a region to develop an aligned plan to ensure all families in our area have one data point to look at when determining students' return.
- There are four "School Safe Zones" (green, yellow, orange and red) that indicate the percentage of hospitalizations that are due to COVID.
- Once we hit 20% of hospitalizations due to COVID, we are in the red zone and will continue with remote instruction. For example, on Oct 29, 42% of people in our regional hospitals were there due to COVID (putting us deeply in the red zone).
- With this plan, we no longer have to ask TEA for waivers to extend the time that we remain remote, and TEA will no longer pull funding if we remain remote beyond the twelve weeks they had originally given us.
- In order for us to move forward with offering face to face instruction to those who choose it, we must be in the orange zone (below 20%) for at least seven days.
- The link below will show you the daily percentage and the number of days we have been sitting in the current zone. What you are looking for is a percentage below 20% (orange) for at least seven days in order for us to open our doors to all who opted for face to face instruction.
Check the COVID Activity Level Indicators periodically and you will note trends that might make it easier to predict where we will be. I realize this is not the ideal tool for you to use to plan for your family, but it can help you plan at least a few days in advance. On the flip side, if we reach the orange zone and spike back to red for even one day, we must go back to the stipulations outlined in the red zone.
I know. And I hear you.