As we find ourselves at the beginning of an incredible leap to change the way education works in this country; we stand ready with a faculty that understands how to use the online tools.
Here are a few highlights that will help you prepare:
-This past Monday, faculty, and staff collaborated with online meetings to make plans for a seamless transition to HISD@Home, the District learning initiative.
-The Lamar faculty and staff are working to make phone contact with each student/family to complete a wellness check to help us organize our resources to serve you best.
-We have offered support appointments for two days this week to provide support for students with hardware (laptops or chargers). Unfortunately, we have distributed all hotspots that we had on campus and the District does not have any more to give us.
-If your student needs IT to support with software please email Mr. David Merlan Dmerlan@houstonisd.org
and Ms. Rachel Rutledge at Rachel.Rutledge@houstonisd.org
-We have encouraged students to take care of missing assignments this week, as well as test on online learning platforms to ensure an easier transition next week.
-On Tuesday, March 31st students will begin an A Day/B Day schedule with online course work. There will be several components that teachers will use to ensure students have the support they need – Online pre-recorded lessons, office hours in which students and teachers may interact in real-time and independent assignments to demonstrate mastery. This will mimic our current instructional program, replacing the face-to-face with an online meeting.
-At this time, the District has decided to cancel all events scheduled for April. Unfortunately, this means prom for our seniors. I am incredibly disappointed that we are not going to be able to give our seniors this opportunity. The District is working on a system for issuing refunds for anything families who have paid for those events that have been canceled. Please watch for more information about this. District administration will make a decision in the coming weeks with regard to events scheduled for May.
So, how will we communicate?
Students should check district email accounts regularly. We will continue to send the weekly newsletter on Thursdays, as well as emails regarding time-sensitive information more often.
On Friday, March 27th, students and parents will receive information by email about the
Frequently Asked Questions
We are working on an FAQ to help you navigate this transition. Use this link to submit your questions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGVG5C8