AISD Superintendent speaks on the year ahead

Robin Bradshaw
The Alice Independent School District (AISD) Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarborough presented to the Alice Rotary leaders on Wednesday, August 12.

Alice Independent School District (AISD) Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough was the guest speaker for the weekly Rotary Club of Alice on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The presentation shared an inside look at the added coronavirus public health pandemic protocols and the response to “what if this happens” protocols, as one of the many new requirements AISD has been working on to prepare for the new year.

In July, AISD reported the district had currently spent $737,182 on personal protective equipment, teacher and students laptops and internet connectivity.

The official “Return to Class” handbook will be posted by the end of week, stated Dr. Scarbrough.

The handbook is designed in phases with the goal as October 16 for the first day of face to face classes to begin - if the county's positive rate percentage for the virus is below five percent, ideally below 1.5 percent. The Return to Class handbook will be available and posted online later this week.

As the school reopens, AISD families will have the choice for in class or remote learning throughout the entire academic year.

"AISD is one of the only, if not the only, district out of 42 others," said Dr. Scarbrough. "The data survey from AISD parents requested remote learning for their children by 83 percent.“

AISD supplied 1,600 students with remote laptop learning devices and 500 during summer school and will supply another 400. AISD is offering virtual parent trainings for learning management twice a day. The virtual trainings began on August 12 and ends on the 21st.

"We went the rougher road by remote innovation for the students and staff- by having their safety and welfare be paramount," said Dr. Scarbrough.