Parent Newsletter: Fall Edition 5
September 14, 2020
Welcoming Back our Safety-First In-Person Students: This week is for CASE STUDENTS ONLY.
For those families who have opted for in-person instruction, we’re excited to start phasing back the return of our students. The district has a lot of information about the plan on their website at www.springisd.org/reopen but we wanted you to know the details for our campus.
We also wanted to let you know that the district is offering more flexibility for students to move from remote to in-person instruction. Rather than having to wait until the end of a grading period, parents will be able to make the switch at any time, keeping in mind that we may need up to two weeks to adjust staffing and arrange bus transportation. Students always have the option to move from in-person to remote learning.
Should you wish to make a learning option change, please fill out this form and then give us a call or email us.
SAVE THE DATE: Join us for our Grade Level Parent Meetings!
6th Grade: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 @1:00 P.M.
7th Grade: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 @5:00 P.M.
8th Grade: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 @5:00 P.M.
Grades 6-8: Parent Townhall with Principal Brown: Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 AM.
All meetings will be held at this link: https://meet.google.com/qok-bkbb-uke
Tips for the First Day Back On Campus
As some parents across the district prepare for a return to in-person learning for their students in the upcoming weeks, we know that you and your children are probably feeling a combination of excitement and nervousness. Here are a few tips to help ease the transition:
Stay calm and positive when talking to your child about their first days back at school. Remember that children, especially younger ones, are affected by their parents’ emotions.
Talk with your child about safe physical distancing and why it's important – both for their safety and to protect and respect the health and safety of their classmates and teachers.
Make sure your child has their mask and knows how to put it on and take it off.
Rehearse what to do if they have to cough or sneeze – how to raise their elbow to cover their mouth – and what to do if they feel unwell or sick.
Encourage them to follow directions from teachers and other school staff carefully. Let them know that instructions about how to line up, how to walk through the hallway, or how to leave when it’s time for dismissal, are for everyone’s safety.
When they get home, ask them about their day. Give them a chance to talk about their experience and their feelings, and to ask any questions they may have.
Consider a virtual study group or meet-up after school for your child, as a time for them to interact more casually with friends and classmates, especially with close friends who are still learning from home.
Make sure students understand that this school year is going to look a little different. Younger students, especially, need to be prepared for the fact that their classroom and school building may seem strange and even a little bit scary. Make sure they know how much you love them, and that their teachers are excited to see them and to work with them to keep school safe for everyone.
We are excited to welcome those students back to campus who have selected to return to in-person learning, and we are committed to doing our best to ensure a healthy, happy, productive school year!
Riding the bus? Find Your Stop and Learn about Key Safety Information
As we prepare to bring back our Safety-First In-Person students in phases, we’ve updated our bus routes so parents can figure out their child’s stop.
Just visit our website and type in your address, school and/or grade to get the details. Spring ISD Transportation recommends all students arrive at their designated stop at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time of the bus. It’s important that students maintain social distancing as they wait for their bus and then follow all driver directions once they board.
Students will be asked to wear their masks while riding the bus and to use hand sanitizer upon entering the vehicle. To maintain physical distancing, we will transport only one student per seat while we are operating in condition “Orange.”
Please check out our videos on all of our health and safety protocols here: www.springisd.org/reopen
Don't Forget to Attend your Grade Level Morning Meeting!! We Start at 9:40 Every Day!!
Morning Procedures for Students
At 9:40 AM. We will have announcements, updates from our administrative staff, and important information shared by our counselors. These sessions will be facilitated by the administrative staff and the counselors, and are the first mode of recording student attendance. PLEASE NOTE: Students should not arrive at their meeting before 9:15 AM. Additionally, please do not leave your child unattended in the morning meeting until a staff member is present. Please think of this link as the equivalent of our building. Students should not be left unattended until we open the doors, and supervision is present.
Students without a schedule should email their grade level counselor. At this point, all enrolled students should have a schedule.
Camera Ready Check: – Teachers will monitor students at all times during the morning meeting. As they enter.
1. Welcome students to the meeting.
2. Prompt them to turn on their camera and drop their name in the chat.
3. Check their lighting, ensure they are dressed appropriately.
Attendance:- We will take preliminary attendance at the morning meeting.
1. If a student is absent, we will contact their parents.
Grade Level Secretary and Assistant Principal will ensure compliance and attendance.
1. We will call the parent of any student with: Camera Off and/or inappropriate attire.
2. We will contact parents if a student is absent.
3. We will contact parents if a student is tardy.
Beginning of Year Testing Continues Wednesday!
All scholars will participate in Beginning of Year baseline assessments. Student log in credentials will be provided by the 4th period teachers. We will also email the log-in credentials to parents and students.
The testing window will open soon, with assessments in the following subjects and dates:
- 6th-8th Grade Reading & English 1, Wednesday, September 16, 2020
- 6th-8th Grade Math & Algebra 1, Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Please have your scholar take time to practice, using the link here. Review questioning formats, tools and features of the online test.
Beginning of the Year Testing Overview
The Bailey School for Performing and Visual Arts Bailey Athletic Department COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures
At The Bailey School for Performing and Visual Arts we consider athletics a valuable option for students to enhance their educational experience in a way that is consistent with the mission of the school. As always, there are potential additional risks involved with participating in athletics. This is also true in the midst of the pandemic we are currently facing. Our coaches will take all practical precautions to help reduce the possibility of the spread of COVID-19. Screening of our athletes will be performed daily with a Covid-19 Screening Form, thermometers, and oximeters. The Bailey Athletic Department will implement the following protocols and procedures for our student-athletes, coaches, and parents.
Athletes may come into close contact with their teammates during practices and games, but the following steps will be taken to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 during the course of the season:
1. Coaches will make efforts to keep players 6ft. apart when possible, but some drills or activities may include being closer proximity to other teammates.
2. All athletes must wear a mask or gaiter when inside the building and not actively working out.
3. Athletes will be required to wear a mask or gaiter during both indoor and outdoor practices, except for the portions of practice that include conditioning, running, or other activities that include high levels of physical exertion. Athletes will be asked to follow the same guideline for mask listed in the UIL/Spring ISD Protocols and Procedures document.
4. For games, Spring ISD Athletic Department will provide gaiters as part of their uniform that will be worn before and after games, and on the sidelines.
5. Coaches will also wear mask or gaiters during practices and games.
6. Athletes must bring their own water bottle for practices and games. Water will be provided for refill and this process will be supervised by a coach.
7. Any equipment, such as sport balls, will be regularly disinfected during workout sessions. When a small group is using a particular piece of equipment, that equipment must be wiped down before being used by the next group.
8. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the gym and on the field, and athletes are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer as well. Athletes and coaches should wash their hands or use sanitizer before practice and at regular intervals during practice.
The football and cross country teams will conduct practice after school and volleyball will practice before school. We will follow the following schedule in order to cut down on the number of students going to the locker room at one time.
The times below are when each team or group will be released to the locker room.
6:30 am 7th Grade Volleyball
6:45 am 8th Grade Volleyball
4:50 pm Boys and Girls Cross Country
5:00 pm 7th Grade Football (released with their position coach)
5:15 pm 8th Grade Football (released with their position coach)
1. The weight room will have no more than 10-14 athletes at any one time.
2. Athletes lifting weights will be at stations that are spread out a minimum of 6ft. apart.
3. In order to ensure safe breathing, when a athlete is actively lifting weights or using a machine, that athletes may remove his or her mask. Athletes that are spotting or waiting a turn, will keep their mask on.
4. Each athlete that uses a piece of equipment will use a towel and disinfectant spray to sanitize the equipment before the next athlete uses it. Coaches will monitor carefully that equipment is being properly sanitized. Towels used for disinfecting will be washed daily.
When traveling by bus, athletes will be spaced apart at a maximum of one athlete per seat. No athlete will be sitting side by side. With this rules, our buses will be able to hold 20 athletes. Windows will be opened for increased ventilation. If an athlete rides the bus back to school after an away game, that student must sit in the same seat he or she occupied on the way to the game.
1. Athletes will be required to keep their masks on at all times while in the locker room.
2. Athletes will be issued lockers in a manner that spaces teammates out as much as possible, and students must make every effort to stay 6 feet apart from each other while changing.
3. No more that 10-15 athletes at a time will be allowed in the locker room at one time.
4. Athletes will be asked to move in and out of the locker room quickly as possible.
5. Coaches will be monitoring locker room at all times to ensure safety and social distancing.
- Cross Country practice begins Mon. at 5:15 P.M.
- Volleyball tryouts for 7th and 8th graders M-W from 5:30-7:30 P.M.
Virtual Bell Schedule
Virtual Teacher Roster
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SAVE THE DATES: SISD UPCOMING EVENTS
Spring ISD Child Nutrition is excited to welcome back our in-person learning students! For those who have selected Empowered Learning At-Home, we still want to provide our families with meals. To better serve you, our Curbside Meal distribution will now be daily Monday-Friday from 4:30-6 p.m., where we will distribute breakfast and hot lunch for the next school day.
Curbside meals will be served daily at select Spring ISD elementary schools:
Curbside service will run daily Monday through Friday from 4:30-6 p.m.
Pickup will include one breakfast and one lunch per student.
Lunch entrees will be hot.
Meals are free for all children 18 and under.
Families may pick up meals at any open curbside site.
Meal service for Safety-First In-Person students
Each hot lunch will be packaged in hinged containers.
Breakfast will be grab-and-go or served in the classroom.
Menus will be flexible as we transition to cafeteria service and based on availability from vendors.
All meals are free for the month of September!
Attendance Matters So Make Sure Your Student is Marked Present
With online learning, we know there are some questions on attendance and how to ensure students are marked present for the day. Here’s what families need to know:
Log in and attend class in real-time with your teacher during the morning and the afternoon.
If you were unable to attend a session because of a technology issue, don’t panic. Students attending either the morning or afternoon session will be counted present for the day.
We know some families may have trouble sticking to the daily schedule because of a variety of issues, including parents’ work schedules, power outages, technology problems or distractions at home.
If your student for some reason misses both the morning and afternoon live instruction with their teachers, they can still make up the work by logging into Schoology and completing the day’s assignments. For that effort to count, however, students must do this before 11:59 p.m. each day to be counted present.
Even with all the challenges of online learning, attendance is still being tracked and still counts. Attendance matters, and we want our students in class and learning every day, 100 percent of the time. At a minimum, state standards require students to attend school at least 90 percent of the time the class is in session to receive credit.
If your family is struggling with attendance, let us know now so we can help!
How to Access Schoology
The only way for students and parents to access Schoology is to log into the mySringISD portal from the district’s website using their district-issued username and password and then clicking on the Schoology icon.
Families who have been trying to log in through the Schoology mobile app or through the Schoology website will be unable to do so because the district is using single sign on, which makes it easier to access all instructional resources.
We know some parents and students downloaded the Schoology mobile app in the spring but we would urge everyone to delete that from your phone and log into the portal directly from the district website.
Free Immunizations Offered for Students Sept. 14
The district is joining with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Care Van to offer free immunizations to students from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 14 at the Spring ISD Community Engagement Center, 17125 Ella Blvd. The event, which will require appointments, offers parents a chance to make sure their children’s required immunizations are complete and up-to-date, at no cost.
Due to COVID-19, health and safety measures will be in place this year to protect families, clinic staff and volunteers, and the number of available doses will be limited. For this reason, parents and guardians must register ahead of time. To register your child for an immunization appointment on Sept. 14, 2020, contact the Family and Community Engagement department at 281-891-6685.
Participating families should bring their children’s immunization shot records and make sure that everyone over two years of age has a mask covering their mouth and nose. Clinic staff may also perform a brief screening and temperature check to ensure students are well enough to receive their shots. Participating students will receive a free backpack donated by Community Health Choice.
For information about immunization requirements for Texas students, visit www.springisd.org/immunization.
Spending Time Outside is a Great Option for Families
Many activities and places are opening to the public with rules to wear masks and practice social distancing. Some families may be comfortable going to the mall or exploring the local playground at the park but others may still be cautious of such outings. Here are some ideas to get your young child outside while practicing good safety:
Take a nice walk or bike ride around your neighborhood.
Grab a blanket, find a spot under a tree and have storytime.
Get artistic and make nature sculptures using twigs, leaves, cones with a play dough base.
Choose a book and have a scavenger hunt looking for items from the story.
Play catch with a ball but avoid sharing equipment with others outside your household.
As always,make sure to wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer during and after being outdoors. According to healthychildren.org, getting outdoors, being in nature, and moving our bodies is good for everyone.
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities for Families
The Spring ISD Family Engagement Department encourages families and caregivers to play an active role in their children’s education. This year, we are encouraging families to stay actively engaged by volunteering in our schools virtually. Below are sample virtual volunteer opportunities. Please contact your child’s campus parent empowerment liaison for specific virtual volunteer opportunities at their school.
Parent-to-parent communication: Campus parent leaders can create a phone bank to check in on and support other parents who are part of their school’s parent organization.
Parent tutors: Parents who are comfortable with technology can assist other parents and students with navigating Spring ISD’s online support tools as well as assist students with homework.
Self-care support: Parents can support other parents’ self-care by hosting virtual leisure classes for parents. Wind down by participating in sewing classes, yoga, painting, fitness, etc. This encourages self-care and socialization with other parents.
Literacy support: Parents can support literacy by serving as the surprise guest reader of the week and reading stories to students in their virtual classroom.
Virtual parent organization support: Parents can participate in virtual PTA/PTO/booster club meetings and activities.
Virtual Career Day: Parents can participate in a virtual classroom and share their experiences in their chosen profession. This will help students see the connection between learning now and their future careers.
Virtual College Day: Parents can participate in a virtual classroom and share their college experiences with students.
See What Spring ISD Will be Doing to Keep Our Safety-First In-Person Students Safe
Parents who have chosen to return their students to in-person learning when health conditions allow may be wondering what the district is doing to promote safety. We’ve created a video in both Spanish and English to help show our protocols. Please take a moment to watch and learn more about our protocols:
Safety First In-Person School at Spring ISD, Middle School Campuses
Seguridad primero, escuela en persona en Spring ISD - Escuelas Intermedias
Are you ready to vote on Nov. 3? There’s still time to register!
Our Board of Trustees has approved making Tuesday, Nov. 3 a day off for all students and most staff to accommodate the projected Election Day turnout at our campuses. Many of our Spring ISD campuses will be used as polling sites this year, and this decision will help ease traffic congestion and help us ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
We also want to remind everyone there is still time to register to vote ahead of the Harris County deadline of Oct. 5. If you haven’t already done so, please consider registering before then. Some of our seniors may also be eligible to cast a ballot on Nov. 3 if they are at least 17 years and 10 months old at the time they register.
The process to register is simple. Just visit this Harris County website for detailed information on registering to vote and to download an application. They are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. Remember, voting is an essential part of our democratic system and a great way to make sure your voice is heard.
New Spring ISD Help Desk Hours
Spring ISD’s Help Desk currently has new hours to better support our parents and community. The Help Desk will now be open from 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday for additional support. Parents also have the option to contact their student's campus for help during school hours.
Contact the Help Desk at (281) 891-6249.