October 20, 2020
Dear Bullard ISD Families and Community,
Bullard ISD remains committed to the success of our students. Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we have offered a virtual instruction option in addition to in-person instruction following the safety protocols in the Bullard ISD 2020-2021 School Year Guidance in Response to COVID-19.
We have reviewed student performance and attendance data from the first six-week grading period. Unfortunately, over half of our remote instruction students have either failed one or more courses or have excessive absences. The data revealed that virtual instruction has not been successful for most of our students, and the added burden placed on our teachers is unsustainable.
In pursuing the best possible education for the students attending Bullard ISD, we will end remote instruction on Friday, November 6, 2020. Beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, all students must report for in-person instruction. This date coincides with the beginning of the 3rd six-week grading period. Exceptions will be made only for students who are medically fragile or live with someone who is medically fragile. Documentation from a medical doctor (M.D.) is required and must be submitted to the campus principal by November 4, 2020. Additionally, Bullard ISD will continue to allow remote instruction for any student who is the subject of a short-term quarantine order issued by a governmental entity or at the recommendation of a healthcare provider.
We look forward to welcoming all Bullard ISD students back to the classroom. However, should you choose to pursue alternative means of education for your child, we wish everyone success. As you prepare to make a decision that best suits your family, options that are suitable for meeting the compulsory education laws include:
- Return to Bullard ISD for face-to-face instruction
- Withdraw from Bullard ISD to homeschool
- Enroll in a private school/charter school
- Request a transfer and enroll in another school district
Bullard ISD remains fully committed to the health and safety protocols, as outlined in the school district’s back-to-school plan that was implemented at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. All employees and students are expected to continue to follow those guidelines to ensure that all Bullard ISD campuses remain as healthy as possible.
Finally, I want to thank the faculty and staff for their commitment to our students. As we have always done, we will continue to strive to provide the best education possible for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Dr. Jack Lee
October 8, 2020
Dear Bullard ISD Families and Community
I’m back to give you a brief update of where Bullard ISD currently stands as we just ended the first six-week grading period. Unfortunately, we continue to work through a difficult time that COVID has created for school districts worldwide. If you have not thanked a teacher or staff member for Bullard ISD – or any other school district – please do so. Each day, I see these folks give it their all to provide the best experience possible for their students. Let’s thank them when we have the opportunity to do so.
One of the things that we have implemented this year was an open communication regarding the COVID situation. You can go to www.bullardisd.net/COVID19 and view the district’s COVID Tracker at any time, including right now. If you do so, you will see that we are seeing an increase in the number of students and staff that are required to stay home due to possible exposure. This has affected our Elementary, Primary, and Early Childhood campuses. Those campuses alone account for 75% of the total number of students that have been exposed.
When we first started this year, we knew we would face challenges, and I am thankful that COVID did not affect our school district for the first seven weeks. Unfortunately, this past week has put us at a point where we must make some decisions. One of the most significant mitigating factors preventing us from sending a student home is when that student is wearing their mask.
Given that 75% of our exposed students come from our younger campuses that have not required masks, we are making changes to our mask policies. Beginning on Tuesday, October 13, all students at Bullard ISD will be required to wear a mask when at school. If students do not have a mask, the district will provide them with a reusable or one-time use mask.
Additionally, our Early Childhood campus has experienced the highest number of COVID absences in the district – both students and especially staff. To deep clean that campus, the Early Childhood campus will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. It is only the Early Childhood campus that will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now, I want to be very upfront and honest with the community. These were not easy decisions, and I take full responsibility for the decisions. I have two children that attend Bullard ISD – our son in fourth grade and our daughter in kindergarten. This dad is not the most popular person in the Lee household. I realize that the decision requiring masks for all students and/or the decision to close our Early Childhood campus on Tuesday and Wednesday may make me the “not so popular” person in your household.
When I went into education, I committed that I would do everything I could to ensure that students always had a learning environment that was the best for them and one that is safe. Student safety the highest priority, and it will forever remain the highest priority
As always, we want the best for our students, and we know that you do too. Hopefully, we begin to see a decrease in COVID exposures, which will allow us to revisit our mask protocol that would go back to how we started the year. I promise to update you all as much as possible, and I encourage you to follow along on our school website.
Finally, If you have questions or concerns, you have a couple of options. You can post on social media, and you may or may not get the correct answer. Or you can contact the school district and be guaranteed that you get the right answer. If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to your campus or my office.
My hope for our entire district and community is that we see continued good health.
Dr. Jack Lee
August 24, 2020
Bullard ISD Families and Community –The first week of school has come and gone, and we are excited to be starting week #2! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity and privilege of educating your children. Bullard ISD is committed to providing a high-quality educational environment, and we could not do that without the support of the entire Bullard community.I wanted to provide you with a quick update of our start to the school year. We started school on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Through all the challenges and adversity, our teachers and staff were at the front doors of our buildings to greet our students with a smile! I cannot express the overall joy that we share that on day one our students were here ready to learn in this unique school year. Additionally, our overall enrollment as a district has increased from the previous year, despite the COIVD-19 environment. We also have 90% of our students participating in face-to-face learning and 10% participating in at-home learning.One question that we continually receive is related to notifications for COVID-19 positive cases and exposure. Please, understand that there is certain information that we will not be able to share with the greater community – for example, the names of any student or staff member that has tested positive or is in quarantine.However, as a school district, Bullard ISD is committed to being as transparent as possible. To assist in this transparency, we have launched a COVID-19 Tracker that will detail the following overall information for the district, as well as a disaggregation of most information by campus:
These data will be updated each day, and you will be able to view the date and time that the data was most recently updated. The COVID-19 Tracker can be found on our Bullard ISD website at: https://www.bullardisd.net/Page/2216 or through the District Tab and then COVID-19.As a school community, this challenge is an opportunity for us to answer the call and come together to serve the students of Bullard ISD. We are committed to providing the best education possible for our students and our hope is that this transparency will provide the overall community with up to date information that helps to ease your minds. Please be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher, campus administration, bus drivers, custodians – all those staff members who have been answering the call to help make school as safe and normal as possible – and thank them! Our staff has gone above and beyond to make this school year happen, and I am incredibly proud, as I hope you are, to call myself a Bullard Panther!With Panther Pride,Dr. Jack LeeSuperintendent
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July 27, 2020
Dear Bullard ISD Families and Community,
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated this ever-changing situation. While the reopening of school just a few weeks away will be complex, I hope that you know that Bullard ISD is committed to using guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the University Interscholastic League (UIL), and our state and local officials. Most importantly, we used information from you – our parents and staff – to create a back to school plan that works for the Bullard ISD community.
The feedback we received from parents and staff, as well as in guidance from our state officials, Bullard ISD will offer two educational options for students this coming school year. These options include a Traditional Face-to-Face Instructional plan and a 100% Online Virtual Instructional plan. Specific information related to both options are provided in our Back To School Plan that can be found on the Bullard ISD website, as well as paper copies are available on all campuses and at the central office building. Our first day of school will remain August 18, 2020.
We realize that each family has different needs for their children this upcoming year. It is because of this that parents and guardians will have an opportunity to select the educational option that they believe is best for their children. Parents and Guardians can select the educational option through the Bullard ISD website.
The ability to select the educational option for your child will be available immediately through 11:59 PM August 4, 2020. Due to the complex nature of offering both instructional programs, individuals must make a commitment for up to one full six-week grading period, which runs from August 18, 2020 to September 25, 2020. If no option is selected by a parent, the default will be to begin the school year with the Traditional Face-to-Face school.
Understandably, there may be instances where a student needs to quickly default to remote learning due to COVID-19 related illness. If so, these needs will be accommodated to maintain the health and wellbeing of those impacted and to ensure the safety of those in the building. These will be decisions made by the school district based on symptoms or testing, and only require the student to participate in remote instruction for the time of self-isolation or quarantine. At any time during the school year, decisions to participate in remote learning that are made by the parent (not the district) will require a minimum commitment for the remainder of the current grading period, plus the entire following grading period.
As we receive additional guidance, Bullard ISD will make the needed changes as directed by state and local officials. We remain committed to ensuring that our students have a quality educational experience whether that is in a Traditional Face-to-Face or 100% Online Virtual environment.
We realize that there may be many questions related to our plans. First, I encourage you to read our guidance fully. If you cannot find the answer to your questions in the documents, you may send questions to COVID19@bullardisd.net. This email address will be used to collect commonly asked questions that we will do our best to answer in future updates to our entire community.
Finally, I ask that you continue to have patience and understanding. The commitment Bullard ISD has for our students, staff, and community has not changed, nor will it. If anything, we are prepared to Answer the Call this next school year.
Dr. Jack Lee