As we continue to prepare to open our doors on October 5, I want you to know how much we have valued your partnership and support throughout the spring, summer and as we started the 2020-21 year with Sheldon On Demand. We could not do this without you!
I am so impressed with the instruction I have seen, the creative lessons and the work from our students in the past three weeks. I want to thank you for your support and the kind words many of you have shared with me and our staff during a time that has been challenging for us all. Your encouragement is uplifting and appreciated.
This summer, the Texas Education Agency explained that schools are required to open for face-to-face instruction, so we began polling our families to determine their level of interest. As of now, approximately 50% of our families have declared Sheldon On Site as their learning preference. Knowing the time would come when we would all be back together face-to-face, we began planning this spring for the safety of our students and staff. Based on the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases in Harris County, along with the responses from our families, we have made the decision to return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, October 5. The city of Houston Health Department has explained the curve continues to be in a downward motion. Please know your child's safety is always our top priority, and we are doing everything possible to make sure we adhere to guidelines established by the CDC as well as monitor ongoing reports from the city and state officials.
I encourage you to read the Safe Start Plan for school day operations and safety protocols. We have created a video that provides a glimpse into operations when students return onsite in October. Next week, we will provide a video that explains the procedures for transportation and meals.
I want to remind our families that facial coverings are required for third through 12th graders. This requirement is based on age-appropriate guidelines regarding facial coverings. We do strongly recommend prek through second graders wear a face covering, too. Please remember to bring a facial covering to school each day. Special thanks to our partners from Commissioner Precinct 1 who will be distributing masks to our Sheldon community at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 at Null Middle School and Thursday, October 1 at Royalwood Elementary School. If you need facial coverings for your child, please stop by to collect face masks.
I am excited to see our children back in school. Even though it may look different this year, the same commitment to learning is shared throughout each of our classroom walls. For those of you continuing with Sheldon On Demand this fall, thank you again for your patience and your grace. We truly are all in this together. We are Sheldon Strong!
Dr. King Davis
Superintendent of Schools