Aug.2021 COVID Update

Dear DeSoto ISD Community,

It's hard to believe it's already time to gear up for the start of a new school year. Our team has been working hard all summer to ensure that the 2021-22 school year kicks off filled with the excitement and positive energy of learning together in DeSoto ISD.

As always, the safety and well-being of students and staff members is our top priority. This means as we return to in-person learning, the district remains vigilant in doing our part to help prevent and mitigate the spread of any communicable disease—including COVID-19.

On Aug 11, 2021, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an order mandating the use of masks for students, staff and visitors for schools in Dallas County which includes DeSoto ISD; therefore, DeSoto ISD will require mask-wearing while visiting or frequenting district campuses and facilities. 

In addition, DeSoto ISD has set protocols for the safety of students, staff members and families including: 

  • the regular cleaning and sanitization of common areas, 
  • efforts to increase hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day, 
  • the use of  partitions in certain spaces, 
  • and continued efforts to carry out contact tracing and notification of both confirmed cases and close contact as a result of a confirmed case.

Many in the community have inquired about virtual learning options for the upcoming school year. It is important to note that virtual learning is not normally funded by the state. An emergency order by the Commissioner of Education made it possible during the 2020-21 school year. The virtual learning bill did not pass during the state legislature, therefore DeSoto ISD is unable to offer online learning options at this time. We understand some of you may be hesitant to send your students back to in-person learning, which is why we will be taking a number of measures to provide a safe environment for our students and staff members.

The district will be sending updated health and safety protocols in the coming days.

DeSoto ISD is continuously monitoring and assessing health information pertaining to communicable diseases—including COVID-19. We also remain in ongoing conversations with state and local authorities and health experts to assess best practices moving forward.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer. We hope to see our families at the August 14 Eagle Mixer events at our campuses. We can’t wait to welcome our students back for the first day of school on Monday, August 16! Let’s make it a great year Eagles.

#TogetherWeWin

 

Sincerely,

Dr. D’Andre Weaver

Superintendent of Schools

DeSoto Independent School District