In-person return for all staff postponed until Aug. 3

After consideration of the latest COVID-19 data and the rising number of cases in Dallas County and in the district, district employees will be expected to report to work in-person on Monday, August 3, instead of the original date of July 6. The district will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional guidance.

The safety and well-being of staff are top priorities for Dallas ISD as the district transitions to returning to district facilities. New practices and protocols have been implemented to follow recommended safety guidelines from federal, state, and local health officials.

The district will continue to screen staff as they arrive at district facilities and strongly encourage the use of face masks, social distancing in common areas (lobbies, elevators, conference rooms, break rooms, supply rooms, etc.) and frequent hand washing. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes will be available at all work sites.

Employees will continue to be encouraged to take a working lunch, which means they will be required to work a 10-hour day. Employees who take a working lunch will be compensated for this time, which will be considered part of normal work hours. This will reduce the need for staff to leave for lunch and receive food deliveries and well as limit lobby and elevator traffic. Working lunches will reduce the need for additional pre-screening upon re-entry to the building and will maximize employee safety.

Employees who require a non-working lunch break should check in and out for that time, and should report earlier to ensure the 10 work hours are completed before the building closes at 7 p.m. Nonexempt employees will be able to use the biometric clock or the Web Clock to check in and out. Exempt employees should confirm their check-in procedures with their supervisors.

All buildings will close at 7 p.m. to allow for intensive cleaning in preparation for the next workday.

For more information about the re-entry plan and to see a copy of the Education Evolution playbook for central staff, visit

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