Del Valle ISD welcomed more students back to campuses on October 13 after starting the year with remote learning. Since the summer, the district has been in regular contact with families and staff, using surveys and Superintendent meetings to gather feedback for the district’s plan.

For the fall semester, parents determined the best learning option for their students through a district survey completed in September, with approximately 44% of students participating in onsite learning.

Schools opened the day with displays of welcome to students. “We missed each and every one of you,” read a large banner at Popham Elementary School. Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary took a lighthearted approach to their welcome display, saying “We can’t mask our excitement to welcome you back!”

Students and staff effectively navigated the first day of in-person learning under the district’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures. Each day, all students and staff complete an online wellness screening prior to arriving at school. Anyone entering a bus or building also completes a temperature screening. In school buildings, a thermal imaging camera allows for a quick check for fevers that can be referred to the school nurse.

In addition, all students and staff wear masks and work at distanced desks with protective shields. Behind the scenes, the operations team installed new air filters and implemented enhanced cleaning of all rooms and touchpoints.

The district is utilizing a hybrid learning method with remote students joining their physical classrooms virtually, meaning that onsite and virtual students receive the same lessons from the same teachers. The Curriculum and Instruction Department organized detailed professional development sessions to prepare teachers for the hybrid learning model.

In addition to high quality instruction, DVISD remains committed to serving meals to both onsite and remote students. Curbside meal pickup is available for remote students at each school from 7:30 to 9 a.m. daily, with meal delivery routes running from 9:30 to 11 a.m. daily. More information on meal services is available at: https://bit.ly/dv2020meals

“While learning looks different this year, we know that our instructional and operational plans put us in a good position to open our doors today,” said Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle, “I want to thank our tremendous staff members and superheroes for their thoughtful preparation for today.”