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BISD will go online to start school year

Beaumont ISD will go online to start the school year.

The district is set to start on August 17, and instruction will be online only for the first three weeks. This is intended to give students and staff a chance to get used to the new procedures. Beginning in September, the district will offer both on-campus and remote learning.

Device distribution for remote learning will be offered for families who don’t have access to online learning and will take place August 3-7. Virtual training for online curriculum will also be offered for families.

Teachers offering virtual curriculum will be required to attend their respective campus, even if they are not teaching face-to-face. Online classes may contain students from other campuses.

Limits will be placed on class sizes for the fall. On-campus elementary school (grades PK-4) will be reduced to 20 kids per classroom, while fifth-grade and secondary campuses (grades 5-12) will be reduced to 25 kids per classroom.

As for athletics, high school football, cross country and volleyball are all scheduled to start on August 3.

Students who choose to learn virtually can participate in sports, but must provide their own transportation.

All students, grades 4-12, using bus transportation must wear masks or face shield unless they have a medical condition. The district says they won’t be providing face coverings for students.