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Lanier Community COVID-19 Update #2 & #3

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Community Update #3

Purple Pup Parents,

HISD will launch HISD @ H.O.M.E. on Monday, March 30, 2020. There has been no expectation by the school or district that teachers give assignments this week. In fact, the curriculum has not been loaded yet. This week, as has been communicated, was for students to browse around some of the resources and become familiar with them so that the March 30th launch will go more smoothly. 

Attached is an excellent resource for the HISD @ H.O.M.E. distance learning initiative. Please click on the link below:

https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/180239

The link also contains links to all online resources for HISD middle school students, including Imagine Math, Imagine Language and Literacy, and 3 others previously communicated. 

Lanier teachers are busy setting up each of their classes into teams using Microsoft Teams. Very soon, you will be instructed to download Microsoft Teams and will be given directions on how to have your student join each of the teams of which he/she is a member.

Again, I thank you for your patience as we gear up for the March 30th launch.

Sincerely,

Dave D. Wheat, Principal

Lanier Middle School

 
 
Community Update #2
 
Dear 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, Principal
 
Lanier Middle School

 

Community Update #1

The new challenge of the Coronavirus has brought us into uncharted territory. But as we have done in the past, we will stand strong together. Ensuring Lanier Middle School continues to operate smoothly, in particular supporting our students’ learning and meeting their social and emotional needs, is at the forefront of our decision-making. With that in mind, beginning Monday, March 23, all Lanier staff will be available during their normally scheduled work hours for such items as virtual meetings, planning sessions, student support, and phone check-ins.

  • Online student-directed lessons will be provided by content and grade level for all students. Lessons and learning activities will be provided for all core content during the week of March 23, and then all courses moving forward beginning the week of March 30.
  • Students can use computers, laptops, tablets, iPads and phones to access the digital curriculum
  • Digital resources that students will be asked to complete as part of their daily instruction include the following:
    • Imagine Math: All students currently have access.
    • Imagine Language and Literacy: All EL students currently have access. As of March 23, all HISD students will have access. This will require students new to the platform to take an assessment when they first log in for placement within the learning platform.
    • MyOn Digital Books: All elementary students currently have access. Effective March 23, all middle and high school students will have access.
    • Engenuity: Middle school students currently have access.
    • MackinVia: All middle and high school students will continue to have access.
  • Instruction for the week of March 23 will be available online as listed below:
    • March 23-27, 2020: Students will be able to log in and interact with the digital resources listed above.
    • March 31: Curriculum-based lessons/activities will go live.
  • For support with the digital resources and curriculum, contact instructional technology at instech@houstonisd.org.
  • HELP Desk will be available during normal business hours beginning March 23.

Per HISD guidelines, Lanier MS will not be available for student visits on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Student visits to retrieve important items brought from home or that will be helpful for their learning will begin on Wednesday and continue through Friday. After Friday, March 27th HISD buildings will be sealed and sanitization will begin. Per guidelines imposed recently, only 10 students may congregate in the same area, and these 10 must remain at least 6’ apart. Violations of this policy are subject to a $2000 fine.

A schedule will be published soon on which day and during which time your student may come to Lanier to retrieve his or her possessions.

Patience, understanding and flexibility will be needed during this timeframe as we do what is necessary for the safety and well-being of students, staff and the entire HISD community.