The Glen Rose Independent School District has posted a detailed online guide for its opening of the fall 2020 semester, using COVID-19 guidelines and protocols from the Texas Education Agency, the University Interscholastic League, the office of Gov. Greg Abbott and the Centers for Disease Control.


The post from Superintendent Wayne Rotan notes that the guidelines "continue to evolve on a daily basis, so the reopening plan remains subject to change."


GRISD is planning for on-campus instruction for the school year to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and parents will have the option to select "at-home" learning — "if they feel that is the best option for their family."


Parents of GRISD students are asked to complete a survey "regarding your intent to choose either the ‘in-person’ or ‘at-home’ learning option by July 31, 2020 so that campuses can begin making those assignments, determine bus capacity, and develop class rosters."


Rotan stated in an email to the newspaper Thursday morning, "Glen Rose ISD is excited to welcome students August 12, 2020. ’Return to School’ guidance and protocols can be found at www.grisd.net. Each household situation is unique and parents will have the option to choose ’in-person’ or ’at-home’ learning to best meet the needs for their family."


The online post states, "For those families selecting the ‘at-home’ learning option, we ask for you to commit to that selection through the 1st Six Weeks grading period."


The survey needed from parents of all GRISD students can be found on the school district’s website (grisd.net/resources/covid-19-information). The GRISD website also features links to specific guidelines for each school campus, plus information on all other essential school and COVID-19 topics — and answers to frequently asked questions.


Rotan’s letter on the GRISD website also states:


"Glen Rose ISD has spent countless hours developing a plan that balances student and staff health and safety while providing a traditional school day to the greatest extent possible given the current directives. It is understood that there will be very strong views on all sides of the reopening plan, but our number one priority will always be the safety of our students and staff.


"If you have any questions or comments regarding the Glen Rose ISD reopening plan, please contact your campus principal.


"Now is the time for all Glen Rose ISD parents, students, staff and community to come together and do our part to help safely reopen Glen Rose ISD campuses. Every household situation is unique, and it is your choice to select the option that best protects your situation."