Remote Learning Ending Instructions

Remote Learning Ending Updates
Posted on 11/13/2020
Remote Learning Ending Updates(Download Official Letter Here)

November 12, 2020

Dear KISD Family,

I hope this letter finds you well and actively engaged in staying healthy and strong.  I have several items to communicate regarding:

  • Appealing the decision to end remote instruction

    Student absences
  • Issuing one device to all students in K-12
  • Early Release Nov. 20, 2020

At the end of October, we notified parents of our decision to end remote learning. As our letter stated, effective November 16, 2020, we are requiring all students of Kenedy ISD to return to their designated campus for in-person instruction.  We firmly believe that this is the very best way for students to learn, and we are excited about their return to our schools.

In addition, we also previously communicated that we are aware that there may be special circumstances that will require special accommodations for some students.  

APPEALING DECISION TO END REMOTE INSTRUCTION

Parents may appeal this decision to end remote instruction for their child by making an appointment with the campus principal.  Remote learning will remain available for students with any of the following reasons:

  • A student who is the subject of a quarantine order issued by:

    • KISD Nurse or Health Department

    • A healthcare provider - a signed letter from a physician is required

  • On a case-by-case basis, remote learning may be made available for a student if the student’s ARD committee or Section 504 committee determines that remote learning will provide the student with a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment as required by federal law.

  • If a medical certification is provided, attesting the student or individual within the same household has a high-risk medical condition, as outlined by the CDC, an appeal will be granted to continue remote learning.

Kenedy ISD will continue to follow the health and safety protocols as outlined in the school district’s back-to-school plan that was implemented at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. We have been successful with our plan thus far, quarantining students and staff who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 or has symptoms of Covid-19.  We are utilizing guidance from the Texas Education Agency, The Health Department, our legal counsel and the professional medical knowledge of our KISD Nurse, Kellie Kolodziej to make decisions to quarantine students and staff at KISD.  

STUDENT ABSENCES

Please also know that parents have the option of keeping their children home if they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19.  If they complete work assigned for that day at home, they will not be counted absent.  Teachers will post all assignments on Google Classroom.

ISSUING ONE COMPUTER FOR EVERY STUDENT IN GRADES K - 12

We have finally received the additional computers that we ordered earlier this year. We now have enough computers to issue one computer to each student in grades Kinder through 12th grade.  This will allow us to be prepared in case we have a breakout of Covid-19 and need to switch to 100% remote learning.  Students will need to bring their computer to school every day, and take it home every day.  

We will be sending out a Chromebook agreement with every student.  If parents sign the agreement, we will issue out a computer to students.  We will issue out machines to students Monday - Wednesday ONLY IF they bring back the agreement form signed by a parent.  We will hand out Chromebooks on Thursday and Friday to parents who come to the school to sign for the machine.     

EARLY RELEASE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020

We will release students from campuses early next Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:00 for KES and 12:05 at KMS and KHS so that teachers can plan for 100% remote learning, whenever or if the need arises.

At this point, we have no reason to believe we will not be returning to school after the Thanksgiving break.  We are planning proactively so that we will be prepared, should we need to go 100% remote.  

We look forward to safely bringing all of our students back to campus to grow and develop socially, emotionally and academically, as we pivot with the pandemic challenges placed before us.  We will continue to keep parents abreast of any incidents regarding Covid-19 that affect one or more of our campuses.

All employees and students are expected to continue to follow those guidelines to ensure that all campuses of Kenedy ISD remain #KenedyHealthy and #KenedyStrong with unending #KenedyPride!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Diana Barrera Ugarte
Superintendent of Schools



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