In preparation for the upcoming school year, Tyler ISD is releasing its Return to School 2021 plan. The plan details the District’s health and safety protocols for in-school learning.
“For the past five months, our administrative leadership team has been redesigning the Tyler ISD Return to School (R2S) protocols for the 2021-2022 school year,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “Many school systems across the country are just now looking at in-person learning while remaining in compliance with Federal requirements. Due to the successful in-person school year we all enjoyed last year, we feel our school district is primed to recapture the momentum and traditions enjoyed by so many Tyler ISD students, parents, guardians, faculty, and staff.”
Tyler ISD completed the 2020-2021 school year approximately 99% in-person. Now, updates in science and data, including the widespread accessibility of a vaccine for those who choose to receive it and understanding the impact the virus has on younger populations, have allowed school systems to redesign their operational plans to become more student and staff-friendly for the upcoming school year.
Last May, the Tyler ISD trustees approved making face coverings optional for students and staff. This protocol will remain in effect this school year as well. Protocols removed from the plan include Learn@Home procedures since all students are expected to attend in person.
“It remains the District’s belief that face-to-face instruction is the best method for a child’s learning and social-emotional growth,” Crawford said. “Our protocols worked and brought us to this point. As with every school year, all students and staff are expected to follow our health and safety guidelines. We are moving in a direction we believe is best for all Tyler ISD students and staff. Additionally, we have the experience and expertise to implement tighter health protocols if needed in the future, and we are positioned to do so at a moment’s notice.”
The Return to School 2021 plan is posted at tylerisd.org. For more information, please contact Jennifer Hines at 903-262-1064.