ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Ector County ISD has a plan to bring struggling students back into the classroom.
Before the school year began, students and their parents were asked to select their preferred method of learning in the pandemic. Some opted to attend in-person while others chose to attend school virtually.
ECISD then allowed parents and students to change that preferred method during certain points throughout the academic semester.
ECISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri announced Wednesday that students making D’s and F’s or those that are not attending daily will be transitioned back to in-person school.
The timeline for that transition, however, is still unknown. Dr. Muri says the district is in constant contact with local health experts who are currently advising against moving students back to in-person learning.
“I currently talk with the medical community in Ector County and the guidance we still receive is the numbers, the positivity rate and the hospitalization rate is still too high to transition those students back,” Muri said Wednesday.
The Superintendent says he’s hopeful that the medical situation improves in the next few weeks and that transition can take place.
As for students who have maintained passing grades and attend regularly, they will be allowed to continue online learning for the remainder of the school year.
“Those students who are experiencing success, and we have quite a few students in a virtual environment that are having a good experience, they are making As Bs and Cs and they are attending school on a regular basis, those students will be allowed to continue their virtual experience at least through the end of this school year and we look forward to continuing to serve those students in that manner.”