School District Unveils Opening Plan

Odessa, TX – The Ector County ISD unveiled its Fall 2020 plan for reopening district schools at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

Plan for beginning the school year are to stagger student attendance.  Teachers will also get extra training before the start of school. A safe school course will be required for all employees.  Parents and their children will need to decide on what plan they will follow between July 29 through August 2.  Once all students have selected an option, the schools will be releasing a more detailed schedule.

Students and staff will be required to have face coverings.  Students in 4th grade through 12th grade will be required to wear masks at all times.  It will be recommended but not required for students in 3rd grade and under. Masks will be required during passing periods.

Staff will be required to wear face masks and will have the option of wearing face shields. The district will also provide daily health screenings for staff.

Start Dates

August 12:

  • Student has no access to internet
  • English as a second language students
  • Pre-K students – Group A
  • ECISD staff children
  • Learning impaired students

August 18:

  • All phase one students
  • Pre-K students – Group B
  • Kindergarten through 2nd Grade – A

August 24:

  • Phase 1 and 2 students
  • Kindergarten through 2nd Grade – B
  • 3rd through 5th Grade – A

August 31:

  • All Phase 3 students
  • 3rd through 5th Grade – B

The hybrid plan will involve students being in school district facilities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They will have either a live or pre-recorded lesson online on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Those that have selected the learn-at-home option will be instructed through live and pre-recorded lessons.  A third option is virtual learning at a school district facility.  It is being offered for parents who need to have their students at schools due to childcare and supervision restrictions, but do not want them interacting with other students.

High school students will have either the hybrid or virtual option due to class sizes and lack of space for social distancing.  Also, students will not be able to use lockers or share school materials, including – pencils, crayons, notebooks and textbooks. Students will be provided “storage” areas that will not be allowed to move from those areas. Students will be allowed to have backpacks.  Students will be allowed to bring their lunch from home, but will not be allowed to have a parent drop it off.  Lunches will still be provided by the schools.

More detailed information will be posted on the ECISD website.


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