Posted Date: 10/02/2020
During a special called meeting of the LISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday, September 30, the board members voted to approve the recommendation of LISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins for LISD students who are currently engaged in remote learning to return to in-person instruction. Hawkins shared, “The educator code of ethics requires that we shall do no harm to children. We currently have 500 plus students who are Lions Online. The failure rate for each grade level is astonishing. The makeup of our remote learners is 75% economically disadvantaged and fifty percent at risk by the Texas Education Agency criteria before we even started the first day of school. Not only are we fighting the COVID slide of regression in our students from last Spring, but we are also fighting the continued regression in our online student population. If we can’t take care of our teachers, we will never be able to take care of our students. Our teachers are spread extremely thin, and in a district our size that does not have 50% or greater of online learners, we cannot dedicate virtual teachers to each virtual student. Our teachers should not have to teach eight hour days to in-person and then sustain teaching eight hours online. Our parents were asked to provide high-speed internet and provide support in the home before committing to participation in online learning. All districts are struggling with trying to provide different learning platforms.” “What really alarms me is that we are knocking on the door of being halfway through the semester and especially our high school learners losing credit because some of them are extremely low in what their score is and they’re facing an impossible feat in order to get credit for this semester. The longer we wait, the larger the problems we will have with our at-risk students. We have not had any school spread COVID cases up to this point. Last week, we had three active cases that tested positive for COVID from our in-person learners, and we also had three active cases that tested positive for COVID in our online learners. If we have COVID challenges in the future, we will continue to follow our district protocols to mitigate spread. The district will continue to service medically fragile students who are participating in online learning. There are some students who are currently attending classes on campus who are medically fragile and are being served well.”
Online students will return to campus on Tuesday, October 13, which is the first day of the second nine-week grading period.
During the meeting, the board also approved to continue the lease agreement with Texas Imaging. The 48-month copier lease with Sharp through Texas Imaging is in the amount of $26,100 per year for 15 copiers in the district.