Dallas ISD will let some kids return to class in-person a week earlier than initially planned. Classes start online only in Dallas Tuesday.
The district had planned to continue online classes only through at least October 5. Thursday night, Dallas ISD announced some students would return September 28.
"Based on the recent leveling out of Dallas County COVID-19 cases, Dallas ISD is inviting students who will attend classes for the first time in a new building to return a week early, on Monday, Sept. 28," the district wrote in a statement.
Thursday, Dallas County reported 249 new cases of COVID-19, and Judge Clay Jenkins moved the risk level from "high" to "moderate."
The earlier start in Dallas ISD will apply for kids starting pre-K or kindergarten, students moving into junior high or high school, and transfers from other districts.
“The current health environment has made the start of school an unusual experience for all students. Add to that the stress of navigating a new building, and it’s not a stretch to realize that students may need a period of adjustment to get acclimated. That’s the idea behind the one-week early return for these students," says Jolee Healey, Dallas ISD's school leadership chief.
Healey says principals will now start notifying parents of the change.
The announcement does not affect special education. Special education will begin in Dallas ISD one-on-one September 8; parents will be allowed to opt-in for some classes September 17.
High schools will also change their schedules to start athletics:
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 - Varsity ONLY for the following sports: cross-country, football, golf, swimming, team tennis, and volleyball.
Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 - Sub-varsity (9th grade and JV) for the following sports: cross-country, football, golf, swimming, team tennis, and volleyball
Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 - UIL marching band, drill team, and cheerleading