The Ysleta Independent School District has announced their plans for providing in-person STAAR testing to its students.  Parents all over El Paso and the rest of Texas were understandably leery when TEA determined that students would not be allowed to take the STAAR test remotely this year and would instead be compelled to physically show up come testing day.

This doesn’t mean that students will be squeezed into the traditional, crowded classroom setting.  Districts are able to request waivers that will allow for greater social distancing during the STAAR as well as having the option to administer it off campus in places such as hotels and even rec centers.  TEA will also give public school districts up to five weeks to make sure their students can safely take the STAAR in waves.

YISD will make use of its current campuses and other district facilities along with the five-week window provided by the state in order to make sure students have a somewhat familiar setting when testing.  Whether those students test at their campus or not, they can expect to be someplace on district property when their testing time comes sometime in April.

YISD welcomed back students whose families opted to have them return to face-to-face instruction on February 1, but the majority of their students have remained remote learners which has provided some breathing room when it comes to making sure children and faculty are adhering to current social distancing guidelines.

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