Community Update #2Dear Purple Pup Parents and Students,The physical and emotional safety of our students, staff, and parents are, and always have been the highest priority of the Lanier faculty and staff. It is through this lens that I believe all decisions should be made at the district, state, and federal levels as we continue to grapple with the catastrophic impact of the Coronavirus.We are doing our very best to meet the needs of our students and parents amid rapidly changing conditions. For example, I announced yesterday that we would give students and parents the opportunity to come to the school this week and retrieve those items that students may have left in the building that are necessary to have during the time during which school is closed. This pickup was to span 3 days so that it would be safe and orderly in the era of the 10 person/6 feet protocols. This morning, a mere 12 or so hours later, Harris County announced a mandatory stay-at-home order. The pickup plan will be postponed until the stay-at-home order is lifted.The district has announced that the distance learning plan, HISD @ H.O.M.E., will be launched on March 30th. The Lanier teachers and staff returned to work yesterday virtually and have been busy preparing to launch. It is unclear at this moment what, if any, impact Harris County’s stay-at-home order will have on this launch. One thing is certain: I will communicate that impact to you as soon as it is known.I thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we navigate these turbulent waters together. More of these traits will be necessary as we move forward in rapidly changing conditions.Sincerely,Dave D. Wheat, PrincipalLanier Middle School.