Principal's Update to Parents

October 5, 2020

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Dear Ector College Prep Families,

We have had a really good start to this school year, especially considering the COVID environment that we must work in. Safety of our students, teachers and families has been and continues to be our number 1 priority. We continue to ensure that teachers, students and staff wear face coverings, distance themselves, wash hands and use hand sanitizer.


We also must continue to have high expectations for learning and will continue to have them. Although I understand that instruction and learning are different in this environment, we must keep the rigor of instruction high to ensure that your child will be successful. We will continue to work through virtual issues and do the best that we (teachers, administrators and staff) can to give your child the best education possible.


There is much information in this letter, so please read it carefully. For parents that need this letter translated to Spanish, there is an option under Accessibility to do this. On the right side of the newsletter, a bar will appear with the ADA and Translation features. You will be able to translate your newsletter to your desired language there.


This newsletter will be sent via email, Facebook, and be available as a link on our website. The Facebook and website links are listed at the very end of the newsletter.


I will continue to serve your child and developing a partnership with each of you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, you may call or email me at anytime. Thank you.


Sincerely,


Mitch Gerig

Principal

Change in Mode of Learning

We recognize that changing circumstances may result in a need to modify your child’s mode of learning. We want to ensure that every student is able to attend school in their chosen learning environment.


Thus, you may request to change your child’s mode of learning by clicking the link below. These changes require quite a bit of planning and scheduling, you must meet firm deadlines to request a change in your child’s mode of learning. Our next deadline for changing your child's mode of learning is October 23rd, with the effective date of the change on November 2nd. The timeline is explained in the link below and includes the calendar with deadlines.


https://sites.google.com/ecisd.school/ecisd-change-of-mode-request/home

Schoology

Schoology, the Learning Management System that we are using for instruction, has been a learning process for all of us: students, teachers and parents. We are all still learning. By working together, and through additional trainings in Schoology and virtual learning, our teachers are improving their knowledge and becoming better teachers in this environment. I am excited about this progress and look forward to seeing the improvement in instruction.


I know that this new learning has been difficult for you, as a parent, and your child. The following is a link to a Schoology "How To" video made by one of our teachers, Ms. Avery. Please review this to help you and your child access and use Schoology.


https://www.loom.com/share/1840bae3d1a64b86af5bbd1e123af4ae

Assignments, Grades and Attendance

Remote Instruction from Home:


It is very important that your child logs into Schoology each day at the scheduled class period and complete his/her assignments. Logging in and working on assignments each day counts as being present for attendance purposes. If your child does not log in and make progress, he/she will be counted absent.


Completion of Assignments


Teachers have reported that there are many students that are not completing assignments. If a student does not complete an assignment, it is recorded in Gradebook as an M, for missing. This assignment will be averaged as a zero until the assignment is completed. This will affect your child's grade. If your child is struggling, please contact your child's teacher by phone, email and/or through Schoology.

Report Cards

Grades can be checked in ParentPortal. Please check there often for grade updates and your child's report card. Hard copies of report cards will not be handed out or mailed to students at this time. If for some reason you cannot access ParentPortal, you may request a paper copy by contacting the main office at 432-456-0479.

Devices

As a reminder, every student will need a device, whether they are F2F, hybrid, or remote learning from home. Students will be using Chromebooks to complete all assignments. If a student is hybrid or F2F, devices will be brought to and from school each day. It will be the responsibility of the student to keep up with and take care of these devices.


If your child does not have a device, and is working remotely from home, please contact the school at 432-456-0479 to make arrangements to pick one up.

Safety in Classrooms

  • Student desks are positioned 6 feet apart.

  • Students are required to wear face covering in the classroom, while transitioning and at anytime during the school day.

  • Teachers are required to wear masks (And shields when around students) and socially distance as much as possible from students.

  • Students are to wash hands frequently throughout the day and before lunch

Spirit Wear

Standard attire shirts are available for sale in our T3M center here at Ector. The cost of the shirts are $12.00. To purchase a shirt, contact the school at 432-456-0479 or email nohemi.cueva@ectorcountyisd.org.
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Arrival/Dismissal Plan

Please remember to follow the pick up and drop off plan below.


6th Grade

Arrival: Please head South on Crane and turn right in front of the Band-hall parking lot. Students will be dropped off at the Fine Arts foyer on the East side of the building. Exit parking lot by turning right on Crane and continue to drive South on Clements.


Students must wear a mask and keep 6ft apart from one another. Once students enter the building they will go directly to their classrooms. 6th grade students will enter the Eastside of building and go directly to the first stairwell and go to their hallway, which is the first set of classrooms upstairs.


Dismissal: 4:05 p.m. Please head South on Crane and turn right in front of the Band-hall parking lot. Students will be walked outside by their teacher and be picked up at the Fine Arts foyer on the East side of the building. Please be here to pick up your child by 4:05 p.m. Exit parking lot by turning right on Crane and continue to drive South on Clements.


7th Grade

Arrival: Please head East on Clements street and turn right in front of the entrance by the world mural. Students will be dropped off at the Northside entrance across from La Tienda. Please exit parking lot, turning right, and continue to drive East on Clements.


Once students enter the building they will go directly to their classrooms. 7th grade students will enter the Northside of building and go directly to the first stairwell and go to their hallway, which is the 2nd set of classrooms upstairs to the right.


Dismissal: 4:10 p.m. Please head East on Clements street and turn right in front of the entrance by the World mural. Students will be walked outside by their teacher and will be picked up at the Northside entrance of the building across from La Tienda. Please be here by 4:10 p.m. to pick up your child. Please exit parking lot, turning right, and continue to drive East on Clements.


8th Grade Students

Arrival: Please head East on Clements street and turn right on Fall Ave into the parking lot in front of the football field. Students will be dropped off and walk to the Field House foyer entrance. Please exit parking lot, turning right, and continue to drive East on Clements.


Once students enter the building they will go directly to their classrooms. 8th grade students will enter the Field House foyer and go directly to the 8th Grade hall to their classrooms.


Dismissal: 4:15 p.m. Please head East on Clements street and turn right on Fall Ave into the parking lot in front of the football field. Students will be walked outside by their teacher and be picked up at the Field House foyer entrance. Please be here by 4:15 p.m. to pick up your child. Please exit parking lot, turning right, and continue to drive East on Clements.


Teachers and staff will be on duty at each of these locations and throughout the building to monitor students looking for compliance with wearing masks, keeping social distancing, checking for dress code, and ensuring students are following all campus rules.


Please click on the document below to view a map of arrival/dismissal procedures.