ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Every student at ECISD at one point will have to learn virtually. Dr. Scott Muri, the Superintendent, said. The District is committed to meeting the needs of each student, however, as things continuously change with COVID-19 temporary closures where educators teach virtually is bound to happen.
Sheena Salcido, an ECISD Middle School Teacher said, “Every teacher I know has been online, learning, learning new tricks, we’ve been sharing, we’ve been reading books. Our staff at ECISD is dedicated to providing a great, rigorous, high-expectations for digital learning.”
“We anticipate 35% of our families to chose virtual and 65% of our families to chose some form of face-to-face or hybrid and that is based upon a survey that was done in the early part of July,” said Dr. Muri.
The City of Odessa is working with MOTRAN and the district to make sure students that chose virtual learning have access to broadband and Wi-Fi.
“Right now the number is about 39% of the students who go to ECISD do not have adequate Wi-Fi at home or broadband. The school district has submitted a plan to a panel of experts,” said David Turner, the Odessa Mayor.
Teachers want to reassure parents they have been looking into ways to make virtual learning interactive and productive including things like virtual field trips to places the district could not afford in the past.
Salcido said, “It will not be like it was in the spring, that was emergency learning. This is true virtual learning where we can connect our students to things that they have never experienced before.”
For more information about the plan to reopen schools in Ector County this fall, follow the links below.