Posted Date: 04/17/2020
Dear Lion Country,
Under the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, LISD will continue remote learning through the remainder of this school year. As I look across our district, I am humbled by the “can do” spirit in the middle of the worst pandemic experienced in our lifetime. While I am saddened by the collateral damage caused by COVID-19, I do know that we will emerge stronger from this experience. There is power in public education and it is because we are all stronger together. I am anxiously awaiting the day we can all be reunited and open the doors to our schools once again. In the interim, the most important thing we can do is make the best of this situation and ensure that we are all enhancing our ability to communicate. Our success is tied directly to how well we can “talk” to each other through these times to ensure that we are making steady progress. The purpose of today's communication is to provide you with some timelines and events to bring closure to the 2019-2020 school year.
We are committed to holding graduation in a manner that is legal and in compliance with state guidelines. The district cannot proceed with plans until the Commissioner of Education provides guidance that will be directed by Governor Abbott in the following weeks.
The school calendar has been altered so that the last day for instruction is now May 15. Teachers will work with campus administration to provide instructional support materials through May 15. Students who had belongings left in classrooms will be contacted by their campus to schedule a time to retrieve the items curbside. Chromebooks will be returned in a similar manner that they were issued between May 18th-May 22nd during designated hours at your child’s campus. We have designated May 4-15 for Livingston High School staff to hold any virtual events that are approved through the district process. The Green and White Scholarship Night awards will be released as a video announcement on May 12th.
In order to bring closure to this school year, the district strongly felt that it was necessary to organize an opportunity for students and teachers to wave goodbye to each other. We will have campus parades on May 29th for students to drive by, not get out of their cars, and see teachers curbside on their campuses. At the conclusion of the High School parade, the seniors will end the year at Pedigo Park with a “Parade of 2020 Senior Lions.” We appreciate the City of Livingston supporting and caring about our kids in allowing us to use Pedigo Park. The district will release the stipulations to participate prior to the parade in accordance with CDC Guidelines.
Dr. Brent Hawkins
Livingston ISD Superintendent