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    HIGHLAND ISD COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT PROTOCOL

    Highland ISD follows the guidelines put in place by TEA. This is the latest information regarding COVID-19 close contact protocol.

     

    If HISD is made aware that a student is in close contact, parents will be notified.

    If any member of a household has been TESTED for COVID-19, we are asking that all children in the household stay home until the results are known.

    Students Who Are Close Contact With At Home Exposure:

     

    Student lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    • Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to follow the stay-at-home period provided they are symptom free
    • Students will remain off campus for 10 days, and receive remote synchronous instruction during the stay-at-home period. Students will receive this instruction from a certified teacher via remote conferencing
    • PK - 5th grade students: 9:00am - 11:00am
    • 6th - 12th grade students: 9:00am - 1:00pm

     

    Students Who Are Close Contact Due To Social Exposure:  At school, church, etc.

    • Parents who opt to send their children to school in the two weeks following exposure are encouraged to closely monitor their children for any symptoms
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  • NOTIFICATION OF CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE ON CAMPUS

     

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    In keeping with Highlands practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all student families that a teacher was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.  The person was present on the campus of Highland on December 14, 2020. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individuals or details that may identify him or her.

    Highland ISD in coordination with the local health department has begun a case investigation and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individual. All students and staff that came into close contact will be directly notified. Those that were in close contact will remain off campus for 10 days to ensure they do not have the virus, so that there will not be any further spread. We will keep you apprised of updates. More information can be found on our website.

    While we do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individual have reason to be concerned, we ask that you, as always, watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

    Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

    o   Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;

    o   Sore throat;

    o   New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

    o   Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or

    o   New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

    If you or any member of the Highland community does begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that his not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We encourage anyone in the Highland community who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to please notify our school by contacting Mr. Hyde. dhyde@highland.esc14.net

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to 325-766-3652 or visit our website at www.highland.esc14.net.

    Sincerely,

    Duane Hyde

    Superintendent

     

     

    Highland  Independent School District

    Return-to-School Plan

    In Response to COVID-19

    2020-2021

     

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    INTRODUCTION

     

    For the safety of our employees, students, and families, we have created this plan to aid in navigating the start of our school year to reduce the impact of COVID-19 conditions upon returning to the district. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Governor Greg Abbott. Regular updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by the CDC, WHO, and applicable federal, state and local agencies.

     

    Statements in this document are based on guidance from the Texas Education Agency and can be found at:  https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/SY-20-21-Public-Health-Operational-Guidebook.pdf

     

     

     

    • “Close contact” is defined as being directly exposed to infectious secretions or being within six feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes or more if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Cough
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Shortness of breath
      • Headache
      • Chills
      • Sore throat
      • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
      • Significant muscle pain or ache
      • Diarrhea

      In addition to this, students may experience the following symptoms:

       

      • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
      • Vomiting or abdominal pain
      • New onset of severe headache especially with fever
    • Highland ISD requires teachers and staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. Teachers and staff must report to the school district if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus and follow protocol as described in this plan. Additionally, they must report to the school district if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.

    • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

    • Non-essential visitors will not be allowed on campuses until further notice. Visitors needing assistance may call the office upon arrival in the parking lot, and curbside assistance will be provided if possible. Before visitors are allowed on campuses, Highland ISD will screen all visitors to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, school systems must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. When practical, screening questions will be supplemented with temperature checks of adults. 
    • Any individuals who are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine whether any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

      In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

      •  at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
      •  the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and
      •  at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

      Or:

      Or:

      • A doctor’s note indicating an alternative diagnosis

       

      In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

      If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.

    • Highland ISD will immediately separate and place in isolation any student who displays COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian. Staff will clean the areas used by the symptomatic individual as soon as is feasible. Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

    • If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The campus will close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus. Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on-campus activities. School will keep records of students and staff that have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19 to track when each may return to campus.
    • The school will provide hand sanitizer at each entrance, and hand sanitizer will be provided in every classroom and other areas.

       

      School teachers and staff will be trained specifically on the protocols outlined in this document and the practices adopted by Highland ISD.

       

      On the first day a student attends school on campus, we will provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted in our local school system.

       

      Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors are encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently. Students will be encouraged to engage in supervised handwashing for at least 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition to being encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating. The school will teach students proper handwashing techniques.

       

      Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors are encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.  Used tissues should be thrown in the trash, hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used.

       

      The campus is instituting more frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by custodial staff, as well as providing the opportunity for students to clean their own spaces before and after they are used, in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate. Commonly-touched surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected between different class groups, if the same room will be used by multiple class groups. Additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common throughout the day will be done by staff. This includes objects such as door handles, common tables/desks, shared supplies such as art supplies, and high touch devices such as shared desktop computers. Disinfectant atomizers will be used daily.  All school staff will receive training on proper cleaning protocols. Cleaning products will be stored safely.

       

      Whenever possible, the campus will open doors or otherwise work to improve air flow by allowing outside air to circulate in the building. Doors used for morning entry and afternoon dismissal will be kept open and monitored. Classroom doors will be open between classes to minimize contact of doors and door handles by staff and students entering or exiting rooms.

       

      Students and staff will not be allowed to drink directly from water fountains. Fountains will only be used to fill up water bottles.
    • For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation. Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks. Students and staff (10 years and older) will be required to wear masks, including all 4th grade and older. Students will need to provide their own personal facemasks. For students in PK-3, the determination of whether wearing a mask is developmentally appropriate is up to the student’s parent or guardian. According to TEA’s guidance, it is not developmentally appropriate for students in kindergarten and below to wear masks. It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, students, teachers, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing. 
    • Where feasible without disrupting the educational experience, students will be encouraged to practice social distancing. In classroom spaces that allow it, student desks will be placed a minimum of six feet apart when possible. In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will take place.

       

      Filling of classrooms should be from the furthest point from the door to the point closest to the door.

       

      All teachers and students are asked not to visit another classroom outside of their assigned class, team, or grade level.

       

      When feasible and appropriate (for example, in physical education classes as weather permits), it is preferable for students to gather outside, rather than inside, because of the likely reduced risk of virus spread outdoors.

       

      Highland ISD will continue to offer extracurricular activities, consistent with the guidance in this document for non-UIL extracurricular activities and with the guidance found on the UIL website for all UIL activities.

      The school has planned for entry, exit, and transition procedures that reduce large group gatherings (of students and/or adults) in close proximity. The district will eliminate assemblies and other activities that bring large groupings of students and/or teachers and staff together.  Practices will be put in place that reduce the likelihood that students meet the close contact definition at lunch.
    • Student release from class to the cafeteria and from the cafeteria back to class will be staggered by grade level. To the extent possible, students will be placed at least six feet apart.

       

       Self-serve areas in the cafeteria will be removed.

       

      The existing cafeteria policy that prohibits sharing of food continues to be in place.
    • Parents may begin dropping off students at 7:30 a.m. Students will arrive by car or bus and enter one of the main entrances. Elementary students will proceed to their classrooms, junior high students will report to the cafeteria, and high school students will go to the gym. Parents/guardians will not be able to leave their cars or enter the building unless you have an appointment. Staff and students (4th grade and older) will wear masks upon entry into the building. At dismissal, elementary students’ parents will use the car line to pick up their children. The staff will bring your child(ren) to your vehicle, please do not park or get out. In an effort to decrease large group gatherings, efficient movement through the line will be necessary. If you have elementary and secondary students to pick up, please pull through the line to retrieve the younger students then park and wait for the older students. Parents who wish to pick up their children before the end of the school day will need to call ahead so students can be retrieved from class and accompanied to the parent vehicle upon arrival.
    • Highland ISD requires students and staff to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus. When possible, windows on the bus will be open to allow outside air to circulate in the bus. The district encourages families to drop students off  to reduce possible virus exposure on buses. Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles. During cleaning, windows will be open to allow for additional ventilation and air flow.

       

      Onloading of buses should be from the seats in the back of the bus to the seats in the front of the bus. Offloading should be from the front to the rear. Assigned seating will be used. Families will be required to sit together.
    • The district will reduce in-person staff meetings or other opportunities for adults to congregate in close settings when social distancing is not possible. When those meetings are necessary and cannot be done with 6 feet distancing, meetings may be conducted via electronic means. Everyone must follow the mask protocols in this guidance, and remain at least 6 feet apart when feasible.
    • To reduce the spread of germs, students will not share chromebooks. School-owned chromebooks will be assigned to students individually for the year.
    • Highland ISD provides multiple methods of communication. Staff, students, and families should check email daily. Robocalls may be used periodically. Students should check Google Classroom daily for each course. The district’s digital communication methods are as follows:

       

      District Website: www.highland.esc14.net

      District Facebook: Highland School

      Phone numbers for the district are as follows:

      Administration Offices:  325 766-3652 ext. 3
    • We believe that in-person learning is best. We will not reduce student populations through half-day, every-other-day, or other options at this time due to the constraints put on families, students, and teachers.

      Teachers will gather data through a beginning-of-year baseline assessment using teacher-created assessments to assess learning gaps for all students. Each course scope and sequence will be altered as needed to address student gaps. Areas in which students struggle will be supported throughout the year instead of starting the year to attempt to cover content from the previous school year. Interventions will be provided via teacher-directed instruction, TEKS Resource System support documents, Boardworks supplemental materials, and online resources.

      Teachers will use Google Classroom and Google Meet to provide video lessons and communication with students. Remote learning will be at the same level of depth and complexity as on-campus learning. Attendance will be taken daily, and interaction between students and teachers is required daily.

      Remote learning will be offered all year, even while on-campus instruction is being provided. Short-term remote learning will be provided to students on an as-needed basis during the year should students become ill or need to quarantine. Teachers will provide homework as they have in the past. Students may get work ahead of time for a known absence or each day if they become ill.

      Secondary science courses, some Career and Technical Education courses, and certain services provided through special education will require that some time be spent on campus to access specialized equipment and supplies, even for remote learners.

    • To receive credit and attendance for courses, students are expected to complete assignments for on-campus learning and remote learning equally.  Grading procedures are located in the Highland ISD Student Handbook. Students must be engaged daily in each class.

      Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-21 school year.

      Given the public health situation, student attendance may be earned through the delivery of remote instruction.

      Highland ISD will provide daily on-campus instruction for students otherwise entitled to attend school who follow this document’s required public health procedures and whose parents wish them to attend on campus each day, subject to school closure and exceptions. Highland ISD will also provide daily remote instruction.

      If a parent who chooses virtual instruction wants their child to switch to an on-campus instructional setting, they can do so, but changes may only be made at the end of each grading period.

      Students that do not complete academic work or opt not to participate during in-person or remote learning will be eligible for summer school or virtual summer school.  For promotion to the next grade level, students must complete the requirements outlined in the grading procedures. Failure to complete academic work could result in transfer application denial. A Grade Placement Committee (GPC) will be formed for any student at risk of being retained. 

    • In an effort to reduce paper assignments for remote learners, the district is continuing the use of Google Classroom and Google Meet. Students who receive digital or electronic assignments can easily share completed work through digital platforms (email, Google Classroom, etc.) or via photo sharing if approved by the teacher. 

    SECTION III.  EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

     

    Highland ISD completely understands why some students/parents are not comfortable with on-campus learning and may select remote learning to ensure the medical safety of their family. Please understand this is the same reason they will not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities during that time.

     

    Pep rallies will be held outside until further notice. An adjusted schedule at JH/HS will be created to accommodate time for the pep rallies.

     

    ATHLETICS

     

    Football practice begins August 3, 2020.

    Cross Country meets may begin on August 17, and football games may begin on August 27.

    All health and safety protocols will be applied to the extent feasible.

    More detailed guidance from UIL is available here: https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/covid-19

     

    CONTACT: Texas Education Agency
    Media Relations
    (512) 463-9000

    TEA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for a Safe Return to
    On-Campus Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year

    Agency to Ensure Remote Instruction is Available to All Who Need It or Request It

    AUSTIN, Texas – July 7, 2020 – The Texas Education Agency today announced comprehensive guidelines for students to return to school, prioritizing their health and safety while ensuring that students receive quality instruction, whether they choose to learn in a safe on-campus environment or remotely.

    “Both as Commissioner and as a public school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis. The state is and remains committed to providing a high-quality education to all Texas students, while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers, staff, and families.”

    Morath added that, despite what will be a challenging budget year, Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and other legislative leaders are committed to fully funding in-class and remote instruction for every child in the upcoming school year. As a result, parents will have more choices than normal this year as they decide which school setting is best for their children, including:

    • Daily on-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in school each day.
      • In addition, all parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point as the year progresses. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit to remote instruction for a full grading period (e.g. 6 or 9 weeks), but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance, so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information.
    • Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and teacher safety.
      • Some health procedures are mandated for every school in the state. For example, all students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming to campus must be screened before being allowed on campus. Consistent with the Governor’s most recent executive order, and assuming that order is still in place, masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions made, as noted in the order. Schools will also be required to follow any forthcoming executive orders issued by the Governor.
      • Additional health procedures are recommended for every school that can reasonably implement those procedures.
      • Districts have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year, to ensure all appropriate health and safety procedures are fully in place.
    • TEA is providing school systems with resources to ensure a strong start. This includes:
      • Reimbursement for extra COVID-19-related expenses incurred during the 2019-20 school year;
        Tens of millions of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided to school systems at no cost to Texas schools;
      • Free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote instruction;
      • Teacher training provided at no cost to the school system; and
      • Statewide efforts to help bridge the digital divide for students at home, along with other ongoing support.

    For more information, please visit TEA’s Coronavirus website:https://tea.texas.gov/coronavirus

    A link to the Texas Education Agency’s comprehensive public health guidance can be foundhere.

    This framework was developed based on the most current science with input from: Governor Greg Abbott’s Coronavirus Medical Advisory Team; the Governor’s Strike Force to Reopen Texas; Texas school system leaders; ongoing global analysis of school operational practices; ongoing global analysis of research on viral spread in schools; and the latest peer-reviewed viral research studies.

    Due to the nature of this pandemic, parents and educators should expect to see some campuses close for brief periods during the upcoming school year. If there are significant changes to the public health situation, there may need to be additional changes to the framework as well.


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    Every child, prepared for success in college, a career or the military.
    Find out more attea.texas.gov.

     

    Dear Highland Students, Parents, and Staff,

    As you know, we have been working diligently to adjust and prepare for a safe return of our students and teachers this fall. We still don’t have a great deal of guidance from TEA, and no one has definitive answers related to the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to the upcoming start of school in August. Below is a summary of the guidance we have received so far.

    *Students will be able to choose between on campus learning or online learning.

    *We will be able to receive full funding for all students no matter if they learn on campus or online.

    *Students must attend school on a daily basis no matter if they are learning at home or on campus.

    *The 90% school attendance rules will be in effect.

    *The regular grading policy that we used before COVID-19 will be followed.

    *STAAR testing will be administered this year.

    *Schools must offer online learning as an option.

    *No social distancing will be required on school buses.

    *Frequent cleaning will be required of all surfaces that students touch.

    *UIL activities are still uncertain at this point in time.

    We know the fall semester will look significantly different than in years past. What will not change, however, is our firm commitment to provide a quality educational experience for our students. As more plans are finalized, we will share details with families so they can make an informed decision for their students by early August. As always, we appreciate your patience as we search for ways to make the upcoming school year safe and successful.

    Thank You,

    Duane Hyde

     

    Estimados estudiantes, padres y personal de Highland,

    Como saben, hemos estado trabajando diligentemente para ajustarnos y prepararnos para un regreso seguro de nuestros alumnos y maestros este otoño. Todavía no tenemos una gran cantidad de orientación de TEA, y nadie tiene respuestas definitivas relacionadas con la situación COVID-19 en lo que respecta al próximo inicio de la escuela en agosto. A continuación se presenta un resumen de la orientación que hemos recibido hasta ahora.

    *Los estudiantes podrán elegir entre el aprendizaje en el campus o el aprendizaje en línea.

    *Podremos recibir fondos completos para todos los estudiantes sin importar si aprenden en el campus o en línea.

    *Los estudiantes deben asistir a la escuela diariamente, sin importar si están aprendiendo en casa o en el campus.

    *Las reglas de asistencia escolar del 90% estarán vigentes.

    *Se seguirá la política de calificación regular que usamos antes de COVID19.

    *Las pruebas STAAR se administrarán este año.

    *Las escuelas deben ofrecer el aprendizaje en línea como una opción.

    *No se requerirá distanciamiento social en los autobuses escolares.

    *Se requerirá una limpieza frecuente de todas las superficies que los estudiantes toquen.

    *Las actividades de UIL siguen siendo inciertas en este momento.

    Sabemos que el semestre de otoño se verá significativamente diferente que en años pasados. Lo que no cambiará, sin embargo, es nuestro firme compromiso de proporcionar una experiencia educativa de calidad para nuestros estudiantes. A medida que se terminen más planes, compartiremos detalles con las familias para que puedan tomar una decisión informada para sus estudiantes a principios de agosto. Como siempre, apreciamos su paciencia mientras buscamos maneras de hacer que el próximo año escolar sea seguro y exitoso.

    Gracias

    Duane Hyde

     

Do The Five
DO THE FIVE
Help stop coronavirus
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HANDSWash them often
2
ELBOWCough into it
3
FACEDon't touch it
4
FEETStay more than 3ft apart
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FEELsick? Stay home
General public health information
 
  • Students, Parents and Staff

    Today, April 17th, Governor Abbott closed all Texas schools for the remainder of the school year. We will be getting more guidance from our school Board Monday night on how we proceed from here with things such as grading policies and graduations. We will update our website with this information as it becomes available. If you have any questions please email your teachers, principal or superintendent. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented time.

  • Highland Parents and Students, 

    Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order directing all schools in Texas to remain closed through April 3rd.  We will continue to provide instruction via online learning platforms as we have outlined before.  We will let you know if anything changes before April 3rd.  We wish you the best and hope you all stay safe and healthy.  

    God Bless,

    Mr. Hyde

  • Device and Supply Distribution

    Please make plans to come by the school and pick up supplies, devices, and belongings tomorrow, March 19th anytime between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. 


    Grab and Go format: 

    --Pick up all belongings from student locker

    --Student athletes need to get personal items from locker room and bring any school issued equipment, clothing, or bags back to campus.

    --Check in at the office

    --Leave campus

    Please notify the office if you are unable to pick up items on this date. (325) 766-3652

    Instructional Plan- Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    Pre-K and Kindergarten students will have instructional packets with two weeks worth of lessons. These packets will include traditional paper/pencil work as well as materials available online.


    Instructional Plan - 1st - 5th Grades

    First through fifth grade students will use Chromebooks. Instruction will be delivered through Seesaw. Teachers will communicate assignments given on Monday and due by Sunday night (midnight).


    Instructional Plan - Secondary

    Sixth through twelfth grade students will use Chromebooks. Instruction will be delivered through Google Classroom. Teachers will communicate and assign work on Monday and will be due by Friday of the same week. It is imperative that these students check their email daily. 


    Teacher / Technical Support

    Our teachers will be available to provide assistance to our students. Email will be our best form of communication since our teachers will also be off campus. If you have technical issues with the devices please email Brooke Sanford bsanford@highland.esc14.net. There will also be a webpage on the school website to help assist parents with online learning. 


    Special Education and 504 Services

    Special Education and 504 Services will be provided. The district will contact parents if additional accommodations need to be made.


  • Parents and Students, 

    Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Highland ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through March 27, 2020 in an effort to support our nation's need to slow the spread in the state. An increase in confirmed cases closer to our area has increased the probability of it coming closer to our community. To help you prepare, we are coordinating with other school districts in our region as well as health officials to determine if there is a need to extend the closure further. 
    All staff members will need to report as usual to help prepare for this change in instruction. Again, thank you for understanding during this time of uncertainty. 

    Thank You

    Duane Hyde, Superintendent
     
  • Parents and Students,

    Highland ISD will reopen Wednesday, March 18. We ask that you complete a short survey posted on our website before your child returns to school. If you are unable to complete the online survey, please call the school and complete via phone before your child returns to school. If your child is medically fragile, displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, or you are otherwise uncomfortable with sending them to school at this time, you are welcome to keep them at home with an excused absence. Teachers are training today to deliver online instruction for students that are not here. Things are changing on a daily basis and we will keep you informed if anything changes.

    Thank You

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