From Mr. Flowers
September 30, 2020
Remote Learning Change
OUR Relentless Pursuit To Get Better
As we approach the end of our first nine weeks of school, we have had the opportunity to continuously monitor and reflect on the start of our school year. In spite of the overwhelming challenges that have been presented, our students, teachers, parents and staff have helped HISD clear the "obstacles" that have come our way.
Currently, 90% of our students are Face-to-Face learners. Our safety protocols have been instrumental in helping our students and staff stay healthy. We have had low incident rates of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Of the eight cases on HISD campuses thus far this school year, zero have resulted from contact at school.
After reviewing the data from our first six weeks of school, a large majority of our remote learners are not being successful. This new data supports the overwhelming consensus that the most successful environment to educate students is face-to-face. As such, HISD must adapt and change in order to provide the best educational experience for our students.
Beginning with the 2nd nine weeks, the District will transition back to 100% Face-to-Face learning. The last day of remote learning will be Friday, October 16th. All students enrolled in Huntington ISD must begin attending on-campus instruction on Tuesday, October 20th. October 20th is our first day of the 2nd nine weeks grading period. If a student tests positive or has to self-isolate for COVID-19, the district will offer instructional support for the duration of the illness. HISD will continue to adhere to CDC/TEA public health guidance.
We believe this decision is in the best interest of the students and staff of Huntington ISD. We also understand that there will be some who do not agree with this decision. We respect your right to do so. Here are some other options if you do not believe it is in your child's best interest to return to face-to-face instruction on October 20th:
- Request transfer status from any other public school or TEA accredited charter school who accepts online transfers
- Withdraw your child to engage in Homeschool education
- Enroll your child in an online school operated by the Texas Virtual School Network o K-12 online (k12.com) Free for 3rd-12th. Tuition for K-2nd o TTU K-12 (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/kl 21) Tuition
HISD remains committed to meeting the instructional needs and ensuring the academic success of all students.
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