Students and teachers enrolled in the Dallas ISD are starting a brand new school year today, online only.
In-person class isn't set to begin at the district until Oct. 5, but students who are moving to a new building will get the chance to return to campus a week earlier, due to the leveling off of COVID-19 cases in Dallas County.
As students and teachers head into the new school year, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa says safety is the district’s top priority. Learning loss is a close second.
"This thing called asynchronous learning, which means learning at your own pace with your own tools ... that has to happen, we've gotten too far behind," Hinojosa says. "Safety is number one and learning loss is a close second. Those are my two biggest worries."
Starting Sept. 9, students in the DISD will be given beginning of the year assessments so that teachers can gage their academic level. The tests will be administered in-person throughout the month of September and will help teachers know how to support students in the most effective way possible.