Officials with IDEA Public Schools in El Paso announced Friday morning that their schools will begin offering in-person learning options for students starting Tuesday, January 19th.
“We are committed to student and staff well-being while they are on-campus and will follow all recommended safety protocols to protect them,” says Dr. Ernesto Cantu, Executive Director of IDEA Public Schools El Paso.
“Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask in public spaces. Our students learn in small groups at desks equipped with Plexiglass guards and positioned six feet apart. Hand hygiene stations are located at each point of entry and in every classroom. Floor decals and signs emphasize safety requirements, and restroom fixtures have been retrofitted with auto-flush kits.”
The start and phase-in approach for in-person learning will vary by campus. Each campus has been communicating its transition plans to all families, including specific state dates for each grade level, start times, pick up and drop off times and safety guidelines.
Students still have the option to continue virtual learning, even when in-person learning is being offered.
All IDEA El Paso campuses will continue to give free curbside bundled meals to all children in the community that are 18 years old and younger.
All meals are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to new regulations by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), parents must show proof of child identity to receive meals if a child is not present in the car.
Forms of identification include:
- Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled
- Individual student report cards
- Attendance record from parent portal of the school website
- Birth certificate for children
- Student ID cards
Current IDEA El Paso families looking to return for the 2021 – 22 school year can now re-register online. Click here for more information on IDEA Public Schools.