No school February 16 &17
Dear Lake Travis ISD Parents and Guardians,
First and foremost, I hope each of you and your loved ones are safe this frigid day in Lake Travis. After last month’s snow day, I was not expecting to reach out again so soon regarding our weather. Snowfall has ended in the Lake Travis area today, and according to local meteorologists, accumulations are estimated to be between 3 and 6 inches throughout Lakeway and Bee Cave. However, many residents in our area are without power and road conditions are extremely hazardous, making travel impossible.
With continued rolling power outages and the potential impact to school buildings, snow-covered ice on roadways and surfaces, and temperatures remaining below freezing for the next couple of days, Lake Travis ISD will observe Bad Weather Days on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17. As a result, all classes, activities and events are cancelled through Wednesday. This includes both in-person and remote learning for all students. Additionally, all schools and District offices will be closed.
Senior staff and I are aware of the forecast for potential inclement weather on Wednesday evening, February 17 into Thursday morning, February 18. At this time, no decision has been made regarding instruction for Thursday. We will continue to monitor conditions and respectfully consider our staff, students and families who may be dealing with utility outages and other significant challenges at home. In the meantime, please check individual campus websites and monitor email and/or social media postings for additional announcements from school principals, coaches and program sponsors regarding the status of specific campus events and activities for the remainder of the week.
I am aware the decision to cancel classes may place additional strain on some of our families. However, after conferring with City of Austin/Travis County emergency management representatives, local meteorologists and area superintendents, school cancellation is the safest alternative for our staff, students and families at this time. Stay home, stay safe and stay warm!
Superintendent of Schools
February is Black History Month -- Celebrating Achievements and Contributions of African Americans
Spring Picture Day Rescheduled
Our WCHE Spring Picture day scheduled for February 16 will be rescheduled for a more springlike date.
An updated sign up genius will be coming soon in Tiger Talk and through our school website.
To learn more about Lifetouch's safety precautions, click here.
Pictures can be purchased before picture day at mylifetouch.com using our picture day ID #EVTHQKKH4. The picture day ID remains the same.
Parents or guardians should register their child at the elementary school within the attendance zone associated with his/her residence.
Artwork by 5th Grade Remote Tiger Artist Allyson Ruiz
News from Nurse Hensel
If you are curious, hesitant, or resistant to the COVID-19 vaccine, here is some great information that was provided by the Mayo Clinic to debunk myths. I think mayoclinic.org is an excellent medical resource, and I highly value the information that they provide.
To help ensure that our Tiger families stay safe, please read the Daily Symptom Screening information that I provided below and keep your Tiger(s) home even if only one symptom is present. Please send your Tiger(s) to school wearing fresh clean face masks. We will help them to sanitize their hands as they enter the school and help them to keep hands sanitized throughout the school day.
We are one team, one family. Let's work together to keep our family healthy.
Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns.
Is it Allergies......or is it COVID-19?
Are your children exhibiting a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion, or a runny nose? According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are symptoms common of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies and should be taken seriously. In fact, Lake Travis ISD health and wellness protocols stipulate students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including those common to both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies as depicted above, should be kept home.
Recently, students across our District who have been sent home with common symptoms have tested positive for COVID-19. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including those common of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies, please keep him/her home.
Furthermore, I urge everyone to continue the consistent practice of personal hygiene and social distancing so that we can keep our school safe and operational. We are one team, one family.
Yearbooks can be purchased here online for $35 plus a $1 handling fee. Pride lines and personalization options are also available for purchase.
Staff Shout Outs
In the last few weeks, families submitted shout outs to our staff. Your words of appreciation were priceless and brought big smiles and tears of joy. Thank you, and please continue to submit your shout outs!
If you would like to send a shout out to a WCHE staff member or teacher, I will gladly pass it along. It can be anonymous or signed. Thank you for lifting up our hardworking teachers and faculty. We love what we do and appreciate your partnership.
Thanks for taking a minute to say thanks!
Friday, March 5, is a Student Holiday!
Friday, March 12, School is Dismissed at 12:05 pm!
No extended care offered Friday, March 12
If your Tiger usually reports to Extended Care at the end of the school day, please update SMARTTag to show the alternate way your Tiger will be going home at 12:05 pm on Friday, March 12.
LTISD Extended Care is not provided on early release days. Thank you!
Spring Break is March 15 - 19!
Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying
Our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying is dedicated to Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd Grade Tigers who have just learned to tie their shoes AND for Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Tigers who know how to tie their shoes and have not already been honored on our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying in prior years.
The honor is extended to in-person learners and remote learners. Contact our PE coaches if you have questions or need a paper or electronic shoe sent to your Tiger(s.)
In-Person Learner Replacement Transportation and ID Badges
- $3 - Transportation ID scan badge
- $5 - Retractable transportation badge reel
- $2 - Transportation lanyard and plastic sleeve
- $1 - Campus student ID badge, holder, and lanyard.
Our WCHE Receptionist, Mrs. Michelle Harper, will be happy to assist you in the event replacement badges are needed.
On-line Learning Available ONLY Through Your Child's LTISD Account
To gain entry to student learning, students should use the LTISD LT1 Classlink to enter and access all classroom google links. This ensures secure and safe learning.
If students/parents attempt to access class meetings or documents without using the student's credentials in LT1 (for example, logging in to the browser from a parent's personal or work account instead of the student's LTISD account) access is restricted. To prevent unauthorized people from accessing our classrooms, only appropriate LT1 Classlink logins with the student's credentials can gain access. Access attempts by any other accounts will be denied.
PLEASE be sure to access all google links through our LT1Classlink using the appropriate LTISD student's credentials.
District Assisting With Technology to Support Remote Learning
The Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) will lend Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students in grades K-12 who have limited or no access to a device at home and who do not already have a device from our initial deployment this past spring. Our district has had a high volume of requests. Thank you for your patience.
Families who meet the above criteria may request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot through the Skyward "Technology Device Request" form by linking to Skyward through a browser. Link to Skyward here. Please complete 1 request form per student. When the LTISD has the student's Chromebook and/or hotspot ready for pick up, they will notify you.
Also, there is a known issue affecting the login credentials of some of our families with district-issued Chromebooks, and we have developed a solution to help you establish credentials for login. If you are unable to log in, please follow the steps outlined here, and if you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience.
Our Neighborhood Bookmobile is Back!
The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to our neighborhood amenity center for contactless reserve pick up service, take and make crafts, and free Wi-Fi.
Our favorite Bookmobile will be a the West Cypress Hills neighborhood pool on alternating Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm.
Changing Instructional Status
A change from in-person learning to remote learning can be made at any time. To request this change, complete the LTISD Instructional Change Form. The completed form should be forwarded to our Registrar, Becky Wright.
A change from remote learning to in-person learning can also be requested on the LTISD Instructional Change Form. The completed form should be forwarded to our Registrar, Becky Wright no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the next grading period, as shown below:
- Form Due Date is 2/26/21 for the grading period beginning 3/22/21.
New to In-Person Learning at West Cypress?
LTISD Chromebooks to Remain Checked Out to Students While on Campus
Students who checked out a District-issued Chromebook for remote learning at home and will be returning to in-person learning on campus should retain the device and bring it to school for use in the classroom as needed, much like an assigned textbook.
Chromebooks will remain checked out to the student until a date to be later determined or at the end of the 2020–2021 school year, whichever comes first.
Meals for Remote Learners
Students in remote learning at home may purchase a meal for pickup from our school cafeteria. Learn more here.
Please note, menu options may be limited. If a parent or child in remote learning at home wishes to pick up a meal at school, accommodations must be made via email directly with the café manager, Mrs. Corinne Stewart, before 10:00 a.m. daily. All meals for remote learners must be picked up at the school’s front office during the regular meal schedule.
Yes, Students Withdrawn from LTISD May Re-enroll Later for In-Person Learning
Students can be re-enrolled for in-person learning after having been withdrawn as students of the LTISD. The re-enrollment process is the same as the enrollment process for any new LTISD student. The re-enrolled student will, initially, be scheduled for in-person learning at the school building.
Once the re-enrolled student is attending school in person, remote learning, if desired, may be selected when the district next extends an invitation to select a preferred learning option.
This week we continue our review and reinforcement of the Second Step topics discussed thus far this school year. Our bulletin board (pictured above) that is located in the main hallway has been updated to celebrate and honor the achievements of others.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated "I have a dream...." I invited our Tigers to share their dreams, too.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am happy to be of assistance. We are one family, one team!
02/01 - 02/28/21....Black History
02/22 - 02/26/21....Texas Public Schools Week
02/26/21................Instructional Status Change Form Due - Grading Period March 22 +
03/01 - 03/31/21....Music in our Schools Month
03/01 - 03/05/21....National School Breakfast Week
03/05/21................Student Holiday - No School for Tigers!
03/12/21................Student Early Release at 12:05 pm!
03/14/21................Daylight Saving Time Begins! Spring Forward 1 Hour.
03/15 - 03/19/21....Spring Break
03/22/21................In-person Learning Begins for the Grading Period That Begins March 22
03/24 - 04/23.........Virtual PreKinder and Kinder Round Up - Learn More
04/02/21................Staff and Student Holiday
04/05 - 04/09/21....National Assistant Principals' Week
04/19 - 04/23/21....National Library Week & Public School Volunteer Week
04/21/21................Administrative Professionals' Day