Dear Elementary, Middle, and High School Parents,
Thank you for participating in our survey regarding the phasing in of in-person school. I appreciate your patience as we weigh all the factors in making the safest choice for our entire community. The survey results show a much larger percentage of our families (73%) are ready to return to in-person learning than our mid-summer survey indicated (34% for Elementary through High School). This does not come as a surprise to us, as over the past six weeks, we have seen some notable progress controlling the spread of the virus here in Houston.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Houston dropped from 23% to under 6% and the reproduction rate dipped below 1.0 for 20 days in August. There continues to be a high number of new daily cases in our nine county area, reminding us the virus is still prevalent and we must continue to be incredibly vigilant and cautious. Harris County and City of Houston health departments will not be extending the mandate restricting in-person school, and our Houston ISAS colleague schools will be opening their campuses to students at some point in the next two weeks, as will some of the charter school systems.
The following is the timeline for in-person learning:
Monday, September 14
- Elementary and Middle School students begin in-person learning, if families choose.
- Elementary and Middle School staff begin the hybrid format to accommodate students in the classroom and those continuing distance learning.
Monday, September 21
- High School students begin in-person learning, if families choose.
- High School staff begin the hybrid format to accommodate students in the classroom and those continuing distance learning.
At each level, there will be a phased approach, which may involve half-days to train students about protocols, or reduced numbers of students to accommodate the space in classrooms and buildings. This phased approach allows us to ensure the integrity and quality of hybrid learning at all levels and meet the needs of students both on campus and at home. Additional details about returning in-person at each level will be sent to you from your division director in advance of the return date.
We know that not all Post Oak families are ready to send their students back to campus—distance learning will remain an option for those families. In making your choice regarding in-person and distance learning, please review the Plan page and covenant document on our website to make sure you understand the expectations we will have of your family and your student in order to return to campus. Please use this link by September 8 to indicate your intention to continue with distance learning.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with you, whether your students are returning to campus or continuing to learn from home. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our plan.