Ector County ISD begins new school year

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Wednesday was a big day for Ector County ISD, as some students returned to the classroom for the first time in months.

Dr. Scott Muri, Superintendent of ECISD, toured multiple schools including E.K Downing Elementary to see the district’s plans to bring students back safely go into formation.

“Today is the execution of all of the planning that has gone in,” Dr. Muri said.

After getting an inside look at how some classrooms were operating, Dr. Muri said his expectations for the first day of school were surpassed.

“I was at one of our elementary {schools} this morning and walked into the classroom, there were seven or eight elementary students in the classroom with the teacher but the rest of her class was all online with her,” Muri said. “So her computer had the faces of children and then she had a group of kids live, so they’re already learning.”

Less than 50% of ECISD students will be starting the year on campus, as the district slowly phases in more students within the next couple weeks. Dr.Muri said it will help staff members adjust.

“Part of the reason we are phasing in so we can start with a small number of students and we can gradually go from there,” Dr. Muri said. “I’m very thankful as I walked around this morning that we phased, it really gives our teachers a chance to exercise those protocols to make sure that what we planned is actually working.”

Even though all staff members are required to wear both a face mask and shield, Dr.Muri said the district already has a plan in place if COVID-19 makes its way into a school.

And while the new school year may be starting in unusual circumstances, Dr.Muri said he’s glad he’s able to see the district’s plans in action.

“I’m confident that the procedures that we put in place are the right procedures to keep our students and staff safe,” Muri said. “I feel really good today just having seen those plans inacted in our schools.”

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