The Fort Worth Independent School District is modifying plans for the fall semester. Tarrant County Public Health officials have determined that the first six weeks of classes will take place virtually rather than in person. Face-to-face instruction will not begin until September 28.
“After close consultation with Tarrant County Public Health, a group of school leaders and public health officials have agreed to conduct the first six weeks of classes all online,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.
Dr. Scribner has been meeting regularly with public health officials, as well as other local and state leaders on this matter. Fort Worth ISD will join other Tarrant County school districts in following the decision of public health physicians to postpone in-person instruction until the last week of September.
The public order, issued by “Local Health Authorities for Tarrant County” reads: “School systems shall not reopen for on campus, face-to-face instruction or activities until September 28."
“We believe the best place for a child to learn is in the classroom with a high-quality teacher,” Dr. Scribner went on to say. “We also know our current public health crisis is making that a challenge. We will bring students back to class once it is safe to do so. Until then, our online instruction for the 2020-21 fall semester will be robust, organized, and a consistent experience for all students.”
District leaders have said the 2020-21 school year will begin, as scheduled, on August 17. That timeline is still in place as of now.
Under the banner, “Fort Worth ISD Forward,” the District will continue to share information about plans on the FWISD website, social media, and other public platforms. The 24-page document released on Monday will be the blueprint for online instruction on August 17, and in-person instruction on September 28.
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