The Ysleta Independent School District announced Wednesday that in-person classroom instruction at the campus will begin Monday, February 1.
The announcement comes for families that have opted to participate in either Hybrid Learning (on campus Monday-Thursday) or Face-to-Face Learning (on campus Monday-Friday).
“Dependent on the number of students whose parents opt for them to return to campus for Face-to-Face Learning, there is a possibility that teachers may be called to serve as both the remote and face-to-face instructors,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre.
“Collectively, we determined it would be in the best interest of our teachers to equip them with this additional technology in order to support the simultaneous instructional setting.”
In order to prepare for the return of students to campuses for in-person instruction, Ysleta ISD teachers, staff, and full-time employees began reporting to their campuses and departments this week to resume normal workday schedules, utilizing all established health and safety protocols designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Employees will continue reporting to their workplaces in accordance with their regular schedules.
YISD officials also announced that the district has also purchased $5 million in new classroom technology to help teachers navigate the reopening of schools, particularly if they are called to provide both online and in-person instruction at the same time.
Ysleta ISD purchased the new classroom technology with federal, state, and bond monies. Specifically, the new technology includes the following equipment:
- 1,344 Interactive Display Boards (IDB): These 75-inch IDBs will allow core teachers and students in the classroom to interact with online students logged in at home for a cohesive classroom environment; all IDBs are expected to be installed by January.
- 3,000 Bluetooth, multi-directional speaker/microphones: These will provide all teachers and students the ability to clearly communicate with one another.
- 3,000 wireless Bluetooth earbuds: These will allow all teachers to maximize instructional time by providing them the opportunity to simultaneously interact with both groups of students at the same time.
- 3,000 USB hubs: These are necessary to ensure teachers have the capability to connect multiple devices to the IDB.
District officials add that currently, all YISD students are participating in Online Learning, either at home or at Learning Hubs at the campuses. Parents may opt for their children to continue participating in 100% Online Learning at home for the remainder of the school year, if they prefer. However, parents may also choose from the following options if they would like their children to begin in-person instruction at the campus Feb. 1:
- Hybrid Learning (on-campus instruction Monday-Thursday, remote learning at home on Friday)
- 100% Face-to-Face Learning (on-campus instruction Monday-Friday)
Schools will be hosting Open House events in the coming weeks for parents who choose either the Hybrid or Face-to-Face Learning for their children.
For more information, parents are encouraged to submit questions through the “Ask The District” tab on the main webpage.