TASD outlines 2020-21 reopening school plan


The Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) released a detailed plan on how they intend to reopen the school district for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire outline is posted on the school district’s website, and can be accessed by clicking here.

The page states that the guidelines therein are recommendations from the state department of health, the state department of elementary and secondary education, and various government agencies. The page also states that guidelines will be adjusted per directives received.

Here are the commitments outlined on the page:

  • To keep students and staff as physically safe and emotionally healthy as possible.
  • To ensure access and equity for all students.
  • To communicate with stakeholders, such as staff, families, and community partners.
  • To ensure flexibility to meet the social, emotional, and learning needs of all students, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
  • To support readiness and progress in teaching and learning whether in person or at a distance.

The TASD page claims that at the forefront of the school district’s decision making will be level of infection, spread of COVID-19, and response regarding the disease in the community. Ultimately, the health and safety of the students, staff, and associated stakeholder families is the school district’s primary concern, the page states.

The page also states that parents need to have alternative plans on standby as conditions could change to where in-person schooling may stop without much notice.