Brownwood ISD Releases Initial Draft of 2020-2021 Return to School Plan

Special to the Bulletin
Brownwood school buses are pictured parked at the school district's bus barn.

The Brownwood ISD issued the following press release Monday on its Return to School Plan:

On Monday, July 13, Brownwood ISD released the initial draft of the 2020 – 2021 Return to School Plan. As we designed this plan, we worked hard to protect the health of all students and staff while creating a challenging instructional experience that fits Brownwood, Texas. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but we must start now. These guidelines may change significantly before the school year starts on August 19.

The plan includes:

• Detailed health and safety protocols designed to protect students and staff as much as possible.

• Information on parental choice of face-to-face instruction or remote instruction.

• restrictions and guidance covering multiple topics such as screening protocols for staff and students, visitor guidelines, masks in line with Governor’s Executive Order GA-29, non-essential large group gatherings, responses to exposure, etc.

Face-to-Face Instruction

• All courses offered

• All extracurricular options available following UIL and TEA guidance

• Daily attendance — with minor exceptions, students must be present 90 percent of a course to get credit

• Engage, complete, and turn in assignments daily

• Regular grading policies apply

• Lunch and breakfast served

• Counseling and mental wellness support

Remote instruction

• All core courses offered – most electives offered (some require face-to-face components for selection)

• Daily, live, teacher-led video support

• Some extracurricular options available following UIL and TEA guidance. Some activities require a face-to-face component; remote not available

• Daily attendance — with minor exceptions, students must be present 90 percent of a course to get credit

• Engage, complete, and turn in assignments daily

• Regular grading policies apply

• Lunch and breakfast available

• Counseling and mental wellness support

Next steps:

• Updates to this plan will be published as guidance is received from local, state, and national agencies.

• Teachers/staff: Please contact your campus principal with suggestions and questions.

• Parents: Watch SchoolMessenger around July 22 for guidance for choosing face-to-face or remote learning.

• General suggestions and questions should be directed to public.info@brownwoodisd.org

• A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being created to help outline the information by topic.

A PDF version of the initial plan can be found here and at https://www.brownwoodisd.org/backtoschool.