March 16, 2020
COVID-19 District eLearning and Informational Updates
What an unbelievable couple of days. In some ways, it has been alarming and in some ways, it has been inspiring – like watching people step up to make bold decisions around our state and country in terms of closing to prevent the spread; seeing people step up in our own community to help their neighbors; and seeing our own staff members cut their spring breaks short to meet, make plans, review communications, and react to a situation no one has ever experienced before.
What we are facing is unprecedented. We made the decision to close this week to give us time. Prosper ISD Administration plans to make a decision about operations for at least the week of March 23-27 by the middle of this week. The goal with all of these organizations closing/canceling is to “flatten the curve” – so that our health systems do not become overwhelmed and are unable to care for the patients who are hit hardest by the virus.
Prosper ISD realizes that you have a lot of questions and we want to try to answer as many as we can at this time. In addition to the communication below, we have also created a Prosper ISD COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates page that includes an FAQ that will be updated regularly. Below is the most pressing information we have for our families at this time:
eLearning - Wednesday, March 18th is the 1st day of the 4th nine weeks of school in Prosper ISD. Your student’s teacher(s) will be in communication with you regarding how to access instruction during the duration of our facilities being closed. For instructional questions, your student should use their district email to communicate with the teacher. Elementary students will now have access to Gmail. For information on accessing the student email, see the click link information posted on the Prosper ISD COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates.
Attendance - (during facility closures)
Elementary - Attendance will be taken each day through the completion of a google form provided on the teacher’s online platform. Your student will need to complete this simple form each day to document attendance. They will only need to enter the first and last name.
Secondary - Attendance will be taken each day through the completion of a google form provided in each teacher’s google classroom. Based upon the student’s regularly scheduled classes for each day (i.e. A days sign-in on A days and B days sign-in on B days) he/she will need to complete this simple form for each period to document attendance. Students will only need to enter the first and last name.
Grades - Grades will continue to be taken. You will be able to continue to check your child’s grades in Skyward as always.
Food Distribution - Prosper ISD food services will offer grab and go lunch pickup at Baker, Furr, Rucker, and Windsong Elementary campuses Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 12:30pm beginning Wednesday, March 18th for the duration of the district facilities closure. Parents may drive through the front car loop to pick up meals from a staff member for their children. Please remain in your car if coming to pick up meals to help us continue the practice of social distancing. Meals will be provided in the same location for anyone walking up. In addition, many of our local community organizations have stepped up to provide food to those in need. A list of those providing this service is available on the Prosper ISD COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates page.
Technical Support - Parents can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support for district equipment or assistance with the online platform. During regular school hours (8am - 4 pm), parents or students can call 469-219-2444 for the same support.
Chromebook Needs - We understand that not everyone has a device sufficient for completion of eLearning at their home or doesn’t have enough devices for the number of students in the household. On Wednesday, March 18th - Friday, March 20th from 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, parents with students in need of a device to complete eLearning during facility closures, can go to their closest Prosper ISD elementary campus to pick up a Chromebook to use during this time. Parents will need to present their identification (Valid State ID) for district personnel to verify enrollment to receive requested Chromebook(s). Students will be asked to provide a student ID or driver’s license. Staff will be available to assist those students who have lost their ID’s or do not have a license.
Internet needs - We understand that not everyone has access to the internet for the completion of eLearning. If you are in need of assistance with internet needs, please complete this form no later than noon on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
Extra-curricular - All extra-curricular practices, competitions, and events involving Prosper ISD students will be canceled during the district’s facility closure.
Upcoming Dates - Closely monitor the district website for updates on the campus/district calendars for the most up-to-date information regarding events taking place at campuses and in the district. Events will be marked as postponed or canceled if they are no longer taking place.
Time closed - At this time, the district facilities are closed through March 22nd. If that is extended, we will communicate as soon as a decision is made.
Sanitizing - We have already thoroughly cleaned and sanitized our facilities and buses but will continue to disinfect the interiors while we are closed.
Special Services - ARD and 504 meetings will continue as scheduled beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. Please be aware that these will be handled virtually, not in person. If you need to reschedule, please contact your campus Principal. If your student is receiving special services for 504 or special education, we will be working to meet those needs as we begin our transition to remote learning.
Dual Credit Classes - From Collin College
Effective Monday, March 23 the majority of Collin College classes will be available in an online format for the foreseeable future. We [Collin College] could go all the way to the end of the term but this has not yet been determined. Our faculty colleagues have been working diligently and are available to teach most classes or sizable portions of classes online. For those classes not able to go online, we are diligently seeking and planning workarounds with many already moving forward. Collin College will be communicating directly with students enrolled in dual credit classes.
Cheer, Color Guard, and Drill Team Try-Outs - These have been postponed. We will reschedule at a later time and communicate the updated information.
Pre-K, Kindergarten and New Dual Language - Incoming Pre-K and new to the district Incoming Kindergarten students will begin registration when new student registration opens on April 1st. Please click here for information to determine if your student qualifies for Pre-K. The Dual Language Meeting for incoming kindergarten students has been canceled. The information that was to be presented at the meeting can be found by clicking here. The application is open at this time, and the link to the application is in the presentation.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our school and staff during this time!
Together "We are Prosper!"