Whiteside News

July 23, 2020

Return to Learn!

We are thrilled to be beginning our 2020-2021 school year on August 17, 2020. While there have been many changes over the last five months, our love for your students and our desire to get back into the classroom with them has not changed. For this coming school year, you will have the option of face-to-face instruction or virtual instruction. It is important that you have information that is available to date to make this critical decision. Please see below the differences between the two. If you have any questions please contact us at 219-7300.

Face to Face Instruction

  • Classes held at Whiteside and taught by Whiteside teachers
  • Classes mirror pre-Covid schedules with a few changes to adhere to the increased safety protocols
  • Safety protocols in place including but not limited to: social distancing, face coverings required for 4th grade and up and strongly encouraged for others, additional sanitizing of surfaces, minimized touch points, no sharing of supplies, teachers rotate rather than students.
  • Lessons designed and implemented for students to master grade level TEKS, not simply complete a task.
  • No outside deliveries of any kind--this includes food deliveries to school.
  • All visitors in the building will be required to have an appointment. This includes arrival and dismissal times.
  • Access to specialists, PE, recess, and tutoring by Whiteside teachers.
  • Micro-closure procedures will be enacted for students or staff who come into "close contact" with a person testing positive for COVID-19. Micro-closures are defined as a short shutdown between 1 - 5 days. This will be determined by the Health Department.

Virtual Instruction

  • Students will "attend" class virtually using an LISD Ipad or Chromebook.
  • Classes will be taught by an LISD certified teacher, but not necessarily a Whiteside teacher.
  • Students are expected to follow a schedule set by the teacher every day and communicate with their teachers throughout the day.
  • Families of younger students will be expected to assist them to access the device and materials, get started daily, and stay on task.
  • Some of the learning will be synchronous (with the teacher) while some assignments will be asynchronous (on their own).
  • Students will participate in at least 180 minutes of instruction in all the content areas.
  • Grading will follow the LISD grading policy. In grades 1-5, this means a minimum of 9 assignments will be graded and recorded, a nine week assessment will be given at the end of each grading period, and grades will be numerical with a 70 or above.
  • Students will have specials (music and art) as well as PE.
  • See sample daily virtual schedules below.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will we have Open House in August?

We will have virtual Open House. You will get more information about this in August, but our staff will do their very best to give you information, virtual tours, and answer questions about your new grade level and teacher.

Will students be locked into their learning choice (either Face-to-Face or Virtual) for the entire school year?

No, students are locked into their learning choice for a 9 week grading period. At the end of the 9 weeks, a different choice can be made. Remember that the Texas Education Agency has set the deadline of August 3rd for all parents to choose their learning mode for the 1st nine weeks of learning.

Will I be able to walk my student into the building in the morning?

At this time, students will be met at the doors by staff and directed to their classroom. This is an effort to keep social distance for safety. However, if you need to make an appointment with a teacher, you can do so at anytime.

Will my child be required to wear a mask to school?

Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of

masks. All students in 4th and 5th grade will be required to wear a mask, all other students are encouraged to wear a mask.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

Please give us a call at 219-7300 or email Mrs. Lay at brandi.lay@LubbockISD.org.

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