Lamar High School is an International Baccalaureate school whose goal is to provide the best opportunity for a diverse group of students to receive a rigorous, internationally accredited education, with a broad range of extracurricular activities, in a safe and nurturing environment. The goal of the IB is for students to be challenged academically, while also finding creative and physical fitness outlets, getting involved in the community around them, and developing a global view that takes the student beyond their immediate environment.
Teachers have returned to campus this week, and we are working closely to prepare for the next stage of instruction with some students returning to campus while some remain at home.
I want to offer some insight into staffing and our organizational structure for this next step, and help you feel a little more informed should you receive notification that your child’s teacher is out for either a short period of time, or that there is a more long-term change. I feel like this year may present a few more challenges in this respect, and I want you to know we have plans in place to manage this type of situation.
Standard Practice: The standard practice is for all teachers to lead classes from campus for both groups of students, in person and virtual, using the 90-minute instructional cycle we have used throughout this first grading cycle.
Short-term Absences: Any time a teacher has symptoms that may overlap with common symptoms of COVID-19, the teacher may be told to self-quarantine at home for 10-14 days. This will likely mean that teachers who feel well, or who will feel well within a day or two, will be required to continue teaching from home for a short period of time. In this type of circumstance, I would prefer to have our certified, regular teacher provide the instruction from home, rather than depend on an associate teacher who may not be proficient with the content or the delivery system for students in person and at home. In-person students may be asked to stay in their neighborhood in such an event and work online with their teacher who will instruct all students remotely.
Long-term Absences: We also must plan for the event that a teacher cannot return because he or she, or a family member, needs care for a longer period of time. In these events, we will begin looking for qualified candidates to hire. Particularly during this pandemic, qualified candidates are becoming more difficult to find. We have built the master schedule of courses so that most teachers have at least one other teacher assigned to the same course. For instance, there are four teachers in 9th grade who teach Algebra 1 REC, Algebra 1 PIB, and Algebra 2 PIB. We will use existing teachers who already teach the course to support when teachers are out for extended time periods to ensure no curriculum is missed. With some students remaining virtual during this time, we do not have to worry about overcrowding a physical classroom.
Rest assured, our goal is to provide experienced teachers, delivering excellent instruction for all students. We are standing at the ready to make that happen no matter the curves in the road ahead.
As the grading cycle closes tomorrow, it is important that we have properly documented attendance. Please review your child’s attendance record today. Please provide an email to the neighborhood clerk for each day your child was marked absent and one of these things is true:
Neighborhood clerks listed below:
9A & 9B Ms. Guzman Mguzman5@houstonisd.org
9C & 9D Ms. Chavez Jchavez7@houstonisd.org
10A & 10B Ms. Lewis Sheila.Lewis@houstonisd.org
10C & 10D Ms. Forbes firstname.lastname@example.org
11A & 11B Ms. McCourt Melissa.McCourt@houstonisd.org
11C & 11D Ms. Ramirez email@example.com
12A &12B Ms. O'Banner firstname.lastname@example.org
12C &12D Mr. Osborne SOSBORNE@houstonisd.org
Every Thursday Lamar sends out a newsletter via school messenger to keep parents and students in the loop on what is happening on campus. Make sure you check here each Thursday to see what exciting things happened on campus.
Mrs. Graves virtually meet with students on Wednesday, October 7 to lay out the expectations and plans for returning to campus. If you missed this meeting and are planning on returning to campus on October 19 please watch the video or read through the PowerPoint so you know the expectations.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Band Rehearsal (LHS Front Lawn)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Varsity Girls Cross Country UIL 18-6A District Meet (North Forest HS)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Football vs Bellaire (Delmar)