BRENHAM ISD DELAYS SCHOOL OPENINGS INDEFINITELY

  

Brenham ISD has announced its schools are now closed until further notice.

In an update this (Monday) morning from the school district, Brenham ISD said it will extend the suspension of normal school operations beyond Friday, April 3rd.  It said, given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation in the Brenham community and beyond, it is difficult to release a specific date on which students and staff will return to normal operations.

The school district said, rather than set a possible return date that is likely to continue to change, it will “wait for the green light” from health officials that it is safe to return.  Communication will be sent out a week prior to resuming normal operations, in order to give students and parents enough time to prepare, and to give custodial staff time to clean all buildings.

The district said it will continue to work closely with local and state leaders and monitor their stay-home directives.  It asks that members of the community continue to follow recommendations for social distancing to guard against illness.

During this time, the district will continue providing drive-thru meals and remote learning resources, saying it will do so through the end of the school year if necessary.

The district thanks all parents for taking on the “greatly increased” role of providing educational support for their children, saying this has been a challenging time for the school community as many balance career, family, and childcare.  It said it will continue to offer help and assistance for the community in any way that it can.

For further Brenham ISD COVID-19 updates, go online to https://www.brenhamisd.net/page/covid.home.

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  1. Dear Concerned Parent:
    You are exactly correct and there are a lot of teachers that feel the same way. They have been given very little guidance on how to proceed. But have no fear, the superintendent was recently a finalist for Superintendent of the Year so all should be good…..lol

  2. I am extremely disappointed in the leadership of Brenham ISD. While there has been sufficient communication from the district, it lacks direction and focus. Both parents and students are unclear of what is to come from the ongoing planning that the district is doing in order facilitate learning while schools are closed. When schools were open and my students missed class due to extracurricular activities or illness they were always able keep up because their teacher posted the lessons and assignments to Googleclassroom. Why must the district take an entire month to plan what their next step is when this avenue is already in place and being used prior to a pandemic? Wouldn’t you attempt to finish the lesson plans for the year under the same premise? I understand that teaching of some concepts would be modified and that tests of comprehension would not be possible, but at least our students would receive the content. I also realize there are constraints for those who do not have technology resources or internet access away from school, but that should have been addressed the first week with a plan of when to roll it out. We are the only district that has not started some sort of remote learning other than a list of websites, most of which do not apply to children above 6th grade level. I take great offense to the comment in the article that states, “The district thanks all parents for taking on the “greatly increased” role of providing educational support for their children, saying this has been a challenging time for the school community as many balance career, family, and childcare. It said it will continue to offer help and assistance for the community in any way that it can.” The comment leads me to believe that little more is to come in the form of education support or direction and that it is now my job to educate my child through the rest of the year using the very limited or no resources provided. I commend your support of those who are in need by providing meals but clear direction on the educational front is imperative. It’s time for Brenham to step up to their proudly toted statement of being a Leader in Excellence since 1875 and LEAD. I’m waiting…

    1. Concerned Parent, I completely agree with your statement above. Bellville, Waller, Round Top/Carmine started *structured* homework assignments yesterday. I understand we probably don’t have the resources of the larger urban school districts, but we should be able to do better than this and at least keep up with the districts mentioned above. The communications have been vague, non-committing, and abstract to say the least.

    2. The fear is that a small minority of students won’t have access to resources…therefore no one should be able to get an education. They have been able to feed the masses because BISD excels at creating government dependence….education…not so much. They’ve done nothing to stop the recent exodus of outstanding, experienced teachers who have left for better districts.

  3. Just curious, why wouldn’t the staff be cleaning and disinfecting the schools now, to have them ready and sanitized? I see the grass is still being mowed around the schools. This would sure give them time to do a thorough cleaning. Just wondering !

    1. The schools have been cleaned and disinfected so that they are ready when we return.

    2. I don’t know if you have been checking the schools website or on Twitter, but they have been cleaning and disinfecting everything for a couple of weeks now

    3. This is my question. Schools have been out since second week of March. That means there should be NO ONE there at this point to cause them to continue to clean and disinfect. We are entering a 4th week out of school and janitorial staff are still being made to come in. Makes me wonder what they are going to do if one of them gets infected? Are they going to finally decide to send everyone home OR are they going the way of Fort Bend County ISD and keeping it quiet for over a week, then letting the other employees know but telling them they still have to come into work AND to keep it quiet.

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