RICHARDSON – Students in the Richardson Independent School District (RISD) and the Plano Independent School District (PISD) will start the new year virtually and open campuses for face-to-face instruction after Labor Day.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and based on directives and guidelines from the CDC, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency and their respective counties, RISD and PISD recently announced dates, guidelines and safety procedures being implanted for the upcoming school year.

“Both the virtual and our face-to-face model will be using the same high quality rigorous curriculum, best practices, that we have implemented to measure growth in both models. Common assessments will be used in both models which will allow both the parent and the district to monitor progress towards learning standards,” said Dr. Jeannie Stone, RISD Superintendent.

RISD’s Blueprint gives a detailed description of virtual and face-to-face learning and address everything from when a student gets on the bus to the time a student walks into a building, hallway transitions and lunch procedures to classroom safety protocols and exit procedures at the end of the day.

PISD are taking similar steps to help keep students and teachers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  PISD will begin virtual classes Aug. 12 and on-site classes Sept. 9.  RISD plans to start virtual learning Aug. 19, with on-site classes beginning Sept. 8.

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