Mrs. Hill reviews changes at Pine Ridge Primary
Mrs. Hill explains the changes at Pine Ridge Primary for students attending Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Click here to view the video https://youtu.be/injAdTOb_bs The first day of school is Thursday, August 6.
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Message from our Superintendent
July 7, 2020
Dear Lion Country Families,
Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, presented a quote that is as relevant to our society as anyone has brought forth during this pandemic, “We cannot allow this public health crisis to become a generational education crisis.” We all are striving for the same goals of keeping everyone as safe as possible and accelerating learning. It is extremely important that we do not lose sight of that on any level in the coming days. While we are living in very divisive times, it is my prayer that we can focus united as Lion Country on these goals. The district continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The district receives regular updates and guidance from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, and other local, state, and federal agencies including the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Cooperative Strategies regarding response, prevention and mitigation efforts. This direction has changed repeatedly over the last several months and will continue to evolve based on COVID-19 conditions across the state and our local community. We can and will get through these tough times by remaining flexible, friendly, and faithful to our goals. I appreciate the patience and empathy that our community showed to our Senior Class last year as they were robbed of so many once in a lifetime opportunities. We will all have to show that same dedication to our current classes as we navigate them through these tough times to many better days that are in their future and lives that are better than before the COVID-19 arrived.
The virus is still here and it will change things so please allow me to walk you through some of the changes and timelines that will be helpful for you to know as our community and parents. LISD will offer both on-campus in-person instruction and remote instruction during the 2020-21 school year. Parents will have the option to choose which model is best for their students.
This communication is being emailed to the parent of every enrolled student through School Messenger. A link to the commitment form is found below. Parents should use a separate form to communicate plans for each student by Monday, July 27. If the District does not receive a commitment form for a student by July 27, it will be automatically assumed that the student will attend on-campus classes.
This timely feedback is critical to LISD in preparing for the first day of school on August 6. The District must have this data when planning for master schedules, classroom space, remote learning, and how we can best meet the needs of our students on a holistic level when they return. The district is excited to get our students back with our staff. We will be releasing more detailed health and safety protocols that are enhanced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as soon as the State provides their guidance to the district to ensure that we are aligned.
Students who choose the remote learning environment will notice a different program as well as enhanced expectations than what was offered in the Spring. Students choosing remote learning will only be allowed to transition back to in-person instruction on campus at the end of our grading periods. Students will be required to log in each day and show progress toward their learning in order to be counted in attendance. The district has expectations that students will follow their class schedules and make assigned meetings with the teacher. The district will provide more information about this remote learning option the week of July 20th.
LISD students will register for enrollment from July 21 to July 27. This year the district will be providing school supplies for students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. The district “Meet the Teacher Night” will change to provide precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our community. Pre-K through 5th grade will schedule a virtual “Meet the Teacher” August 4 and August 5. Our 6th through 12th grade will be scheduled in a “Fall Conference” once school starts.
The district will continue to expedite information as soon as we get it. We are appreciative of your patience and understanding. If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response you can email email@example.com. May each of you have a blessed rest of your week.
Brent E. Hawkins
LISD Superintendent of Schools
LISD Remote Learning Commitment Form
Thursday, July 9, 2020
We’ve had some questions regarding our plans to re-open school and we would like to provide you with additional information to help you make your decision.
We are attaching the guidance provided by the Texas Education Agency released on Tuesday, July 7 and we’ll address some of the frequently asked questions that have been submitted to us.
• Will students be required to wear masks?
As per Governor Abbott’s order, schools are not exempt, and children ten years old and older will have to wear a mask. If there is a change in the medical conditions that warrant a change in the Governor’s order, we will adjust to meet the guidelines and mandates.
• Will students attending in-person learning be socially distanced?
We will socially distance as much as possible within the constraint of our facilities. The district is in process of removing all non-essential items to maximize instructional space.
• Will my child be able to participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities?
At this time, in-person students will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities to the full extent as possible. Those in Remote Learning will not participate in these activities.
• Can my child switch between Remote Learning and In-Person Learning?
Changing between Remote Learning and In-Person Learning may only occur at the end of the LISD nine-week grading period.
• How will my child be graded in Remote Learning?
Students will have to submit online assignments and will be held to the same standards as the In-person Learning guidelines.
• Will my child be held accountable for daily attendance in Remote Learning?
Yes. Students in Remote Learning will have a daily progress monitoring measure and will be marked absent if they do not complete the daily assignment. Per Texas Education Code, students are required to attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force for the 2020-2021 school year with no current waivers available.
• Will transportation be provided this school year?
Yes. Prior to boarding the bus, students will have to answer health screening questions, wear a mask, and sanitize hands upon boarding the bus.
• Will in-person students be allowed to have recess and PE?
Yes. The district is working to make sure in these activities that we have enhanced safety and hygiene protocols.
• Will my child be able to have lunch in the cafeteria?
The district is currently working on logistics to provide lunch in the cafeteria following social distancing guidelines.
The district is continuing to work out details for re-opening and will release more information the week of July 20. The district continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The district receives regular updates and guidance from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, and other local, state, and federal agencies including the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Cooperative Strategies regarding response, prevention and mitigation efforts.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Dear Lion Country Families,
I understand that some of you are trying to work your way through the decision-making process to choose between the two different instructional models that we are offering to our students Lions on-campus, and Lions online. The decision between Lions on-campus, which provides enhanced safety precautions and Lions online that will be more structured and rigorous online learning than our experience last spring, is a decision that is not being made lightly. Because of this, I am extending the deadline to make your decision until July 27th at 3:30 pm. This will afford parents time to review more detailed plans the district will be releasing the week of July 20th. Again, we will assume your child wants on-campus instruction unless you complete the attached form. Registration for all current and new students will take place this week as well. You have the full commitment of the faculty and staff to remain positive and work through these challenges. Our faculty and staff will model positivity, and we welcome your partnership for the good of our students. Our students deserve that positivity.
If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brent Hawkins