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School Board Meeting Information
Open Meetings Act Provisions Due to CoVid-19
 
Virtual Conferencing
In compliance with the recommendations to maintain social distancing and following guidance regarding the amended Open Meetings Act parameters, we are prepared to facilitate the April Board meetings via video conference. We intend to follow the established parameters regarding public inclusion, communication and trustee voting. Viewers can access the meeting via DeSoto ISD web site or at this direct link:  http://desotoisdtx.swagit.com/live

Special Called Meeting to Discuss Postponement of 2020 Board Elections
On March 18, 2020, Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, issued a proclamation suspending Sections 41.0052(a) and (b) of the Texas Election Code and Section 49.103 of the Texas Water Code to the extent necessary to allow political subdivisions that would otherwise hold elections on May 2, 2020, to move their general and special elections for 2020 only to the next uniform election date, occurring on November 3, 2020, without otherwise adjusting the term of office, and suspending Sections 31.093 and 42.0621(c) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require all county election officers, if requested by an affected political subdivision, to enter into a contract to furnish election services with any political subdivision who postponed their election to November 3, 2020, under the authority of this proclamation.
 
Traditionally, Dallas County has managed elections for numerous entities including City Council and School Board elections. The various entities participating in the election split the total cost associated with the election.
 
At its special called meeting on Thursday, March 26, the DeSoto City Council unanimously passed a resolution to move the May 2 City Council elections to the November 3 uniform election date.
 
The DeSoto ISD School Board will hold a special called meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:30 PM, to discuss possibly moving the May 2 election to November 3.  Viewers can access the meeting via DeSoto ISD web site or at this direct link:  http://desotoisdtx.swagit.com/live
Teaching & Learning
Hi DeSoto ISD Eagles! You’ve been patiently awaiting news about a long-term plan for distance learning for this semester while you have worked HARD on your week 1 and week 2 distance learning assignments! We’ve got a stellar plan to meet the needs of our students with tech and tech-free assignments, flexible instructional methods to allow students, families, and district employees the flexibility to adjust to life in response to a global pandemic, and a plan that ensures access to high-quality learning for students. 
 
To be sure we pull it off with the highest quality, and that we solve for the many challenges facing us all as we shelter in place, the week of March 30, 2020 will be an intensive professional learning and planning week for our grown-up DeSoto Eagles.  For students, we have posted learning plans for the week of March 30, 2020. Find the plans at our   DeSoto ISD Distance Learning website . Students and families with questions should contact their child’s teachers directly.
 
We have made progress regarding our grading guidelines and will communicate them soon.
Student Support Services
  • Specialty lessons were finalized to support navigation of challenges that may be arising with the pandemic. 
  • Postsecondary teams finalized their support plan for high school students. A meeting was held with all individuals who will be supporting the high school students to finalize the process and support. Additionally, resources were curated for students and families to refer to for additional information about college, career and military readiness.
  • SSS team members supported the curation of resources for staff members and families. 
  • Nursing team finalized medication pick-up to occur in one central location to ensure efficiency in dissemination.
  • Documentation for students with 504 accommodation plans has been sent through Esped to all parents and teachers of record. Virtual 504 meetings have begun and will continue as needed throughout the year.
RED/Technology
Device Distribution: DeSoto ISD Device distribution took place Friday (3/27/20) at the high school for all 6-12th grade students. We were able to hand out more than 600 student devices for families who stated a need. Now that we’ve managed to distribute these devices to the families/students in grades 6 - 12, we will work to prioritize elementary students and families. Big thanks to those who volunteered to help hand out devices last week!

This week, we will communicate device distribution information to elementary families.
Operations
Communications
  • We are continuing to monitor and respond to inquiries on the Info@DeSotoISD.org account, social media and other means.

  • Please note the Attorney General has provided revised timelines for district response to Open Records Requests during school closures. Read more here.
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