Coronavirus Information for Students and Parents
Dear Students and Parent,
It is critical that HISD takes speedy measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in school communities around our district. During this time of school closures, all public school buildings will be cleansed and sanitized to counteract the spread of the virus upon the return of students and staff return to school. During this time, Red Elementary and HISD are working together to provide resources and information to encourage the continuing instruction of students while they are safe at home. These online resources will assist you to keep your child learning at their pace. Please ensure your child uses each resource at least for 30 to 45 minutes. I strongly urge you to communicate with your child’s teacher via Remind app or through email for further details regarding online resource usage. Teachers have access to set students’ individual goals for various programs.
HISD Student Technology
On Tuesday, March 24, laptops and iPads were handed to families of Red Elementary. Due to the shortage of technology, our resources are limited, and we are unable to had out a device for each student. Currently, there is no plan for a second round for issuing devices.
Laptops can only be logged in on HISD network for any new user. They have to visit any campus and park closer to the building and then in the car they should get WiFi. Log in and wait for the full profile to load before shutting it off or closing the laptop. Make sure it is HISD-WiFi. IF students still are having issues, use the Generic Student account, then access the HISD Hub using their usual credentials.
BONUS: Not only can students use traditional computers and tablets to access resources, browsers on PlayStation 3/4 and Xbox game systems can also access these resources.
Based on HISD guidelines for dealing with COVID-19 and providing at-home instruction, Red Elementary teachers will be available online from 8 AM – 3:45 PM Monday through Friday until April 9.
Logging into the HISD Hub
HISD staff and students can log into the HUB 24-7 from any device with Internet access using their HISD login and password.
HISD Listed Resources
HISD offers a robust selection of digital resources for students to embrace during their time away from school. Listed here are the available resources recommended for student use.
Until further notice, all Xfininty WiFi Public hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access.
Audible.com is offering free audiobooks for students to listen to during their time away from school.
PBS Learning Media
PBS Learning Media has free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for students and parents.
HISD @ H.O.M.E.
On Monday, March 23, the district launched HISD @ H.O.M.E. (Home-based Online Mobile Education). Students and parents will be able to access HISD @ H.O.M.E. online on your school’s main landing page by clicking here: HISD @ H.O.M.E.
Through HISD @ H.O.M.E., online student-directed lessons will be provided by content and grade level. Students can access the digital curriculum available through HISD @ H.O.M.E. with computers, laptops, tablets, iPads and smartphones.
Week of March 23rd - Students will be able to log in and interact with the digital resources.
Week of March 30th - Curriculum- based lessons and activities will go live.
How to have Home Access to the HUB:
- Open a web browser from any device and access the HUB (Clever) at www.houstonisd.org/hub.
- When prompted with the Houston ISD Login Service Screen, enter:
- Your child’s username: Student\S####### (# is your child’s student ID number)
- Your child’s password is their birthday. For example, September 2, 2008 is 09022008. Two digits for month, two digits for day and the four digits for the year.
- Click on the tab More to Digital Resources.
- Scroll down and click on any resources available.
Once logged in to the HUB, your child can access from home the following online resource they are familiar with while using them on campus.
- Imagine Language and Literacy to practice and enhance Reading and Language skills.
- Imagine Math to develop and practice Math skills specific for grade level
- Go Math – math skills
- MobyMax – math skills
- Imagine Español for Spanish reading skills (Bilingual classes PK – 2nd Grade)
- Reasoning Mind for grade level math skills
- myOn for reading and listening comprehension
- Science Fusion – science skills
- STEMscopes – teacher assigned project-based learning
- Studies Weekly for Social Studies
AR tests are now available to be taken at home during school hours. Please have students take AR tests independently at home, without help from others. Younger students may have an option appear to have the questions read out loud to them by the computer. Older students should be familiar with this process.
myON Digital Library
Red Elementary students will continue to have access to the myON Reader digital library from home during the current COVID-19 school closure period. This will help them continue reading and learning—and provide additional opportunities for them to explore topics in which they are interested.
Health and Physical Education
Even when at home students need to continue with daily physical activity. Coach Grossman has created a physical activity log to record your activity time to ensure students get up to 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Reasoning Minds (RM City)
Reasoning Mind (RM City) is our supplemental online Math curriculum for 2nd – 5th grade students. Access RM City at https://my.reasoningmind.org/ or by following the instructions below.
Follett Digital eBooks
Follett Software is providing an additional resources for our K-5 students to have access to digital ebooks. Many of our older students may have read the majority of the books they are interested in on MyOn, so this resource provides them with additional books they can read from home on their devices.