• COVID-19 Student Procedures Reminder
    September 1, 2020

    As students begin to occupy our campuses again, we are beginning to receive notifications of individuals (students or staff) testing positive for COVID-19. We wanted to send a reminder about the procedures for daily self-monitoring of symptoms, what to do in the event of a positive test, and the requirements for returning to school after an illness. 

    Health Pre-Screening for Staff & Students 

    Students and staff are expected to take their own temperatures daily before arriving at school. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher should not come to school or a Willis ISD facility.

    Students and staff should also prescreen themselves for any of the following symptoms prior to coming to school:

        • 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

     

    • Report if had close contact with a lab confirmed positive case

     

    Students and staff may be subject to temperature checks if they are feeling ill or suspected of having a fever during the school day.

    Required Reporting - Individuals Confirmed, Suspected or Exposed to COVID-19

    Students and staff will be required to report to Willis ISD if a) they have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19; or b) they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms.

    Any individual - including teachers, staff, students or other campus visitors/volunteers - who themselves either a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or b) experience symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to the campus until the school system screens the individual to determine 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:

    1) at least three days (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).
    2) the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
    3) at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    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) negative result on a COVID-19 acute infection test at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.

    TEA Update - Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19
    English, Spanish

    Update #7 - Lunches During Remote Learning
    August 8, 2020

    Update #6 - Reopening Plan Posted
    August 8, 2020

    Update #5 - Technology / Chromebooks
    August 3, 2020

    Devices

    WISD students who do not have access to a device to use for remote learning August 12 through Sept 8, and indicated they needed one on the parent survey, can check out a device during the campus drive-thru process. More information regarding the availability and rollout of mifis for internet connection will be given at a later date by the campus. 

    After Sept. 8

    At the time we resume face-to-face instruction on Sept. 8, WISD will implement a hybrid 1:1 device program. All students grades 6-12 will be assigned a Chromebook and allowed to take them home. All students returning to in-person learning in grades 2-5 will have a Chromebook available for use to them every day within the classroom. These devices will be distributed out on a daily basis by the teacher and will remain on campus. Students grades K-1 will have an iPad available for them to use every day within the classroom. These devices will also be distributed on a daily basis by the teacher and will remain on campus. 

    CHROMEBOOK PICK UP DATES

    Filtering/Management

    Each Chromebook will be filtered with current WISD filtering policies regardless if the device is in district or at home and will be subject to monitoring at all times. The filtering will act as if the student were using a district device on the WISD network.

    Tracking

    If need be, WISD has multiple tools available to track and manage devices that are reported as stolen or unusable. Chromebooks can be tracked with approximate geo coordinates as well as disabled/wiped.

    Access

    Willis ISD utilizes a Single Sign-On program called Clever which allows students to log-in to one system to access Canvas, Google Classroom, and any other websites a teacher deems appropriate. Students sign in using the following…

    Username: the students email address username

    Password: student initials + 6-digit ID number (or a 0+5 digit ID Number)

    Example

    Student Name: John Smith   Email Address: john.smith@willisisd.org  ID Number: 0001234

    Username: john.smith

    Password: js01234


    Fees

    All device fees for the 2020-2021 school year are to be waived.  In the event of deliberate/excessive breakage, fees may be assessed and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

     

  • Fall 2020 Overview - Launching Innovation
    Update #4 - July 31, 2020

    In the video linked below, Dr. Brian Greeney, Asst. Superintendent of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, provides parents with an overview of the Fall 2020 remote learning plan.

    https://youtu.be/0mtZGZ3BV1U

  • Update #3-July 21, 2020

    As Willis ISD plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are committed to keeping you informed. While there are still some uncertainties regarding what the upcoming school year will look like, we are hard at work to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience. 

    The Texas Education Agency on Friday released additional guidance for school districts which grants the local public health authority (Department of State Health Services) the ability to close school districts. 

    July 20, 2020 the Montgomery County Public Health District issued a letter of advisement to Montgomery County public school district Superintendents to postpone opening schools for in-class instruction until no earlier than September 8, 2020. This guidance is based on “the continuing growth in COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, the near capacity caseload of patients in all our area hospitals, and concern for the spikes in cases that have been noted 10-14 days after holiday weekends earlier this summer.” 

    The letter from the health district also states that “Each school may need additional time to plan for another potential spike in cases that follow the Labor Day weekend.”

    Therefore, all Willis ISD students will participate in remote-only learning from home beginning August 12 through September 7. We will plan to reopen schools on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but will monitor the situation and provide updates the week of July 31. This learning is required for all students.

    This web page (www.willisisd.org/fall2020) serves as a hub for updates. Here, you will find information on potential school schedule changes, meal service procedures, and how we plan to provide students with access to technology. It also includes information on athletics and activities, along with answers to frequently asked questions.

    The situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving with time. We will regularly update this page as our plans continue to take shape. We encourage you to keep checking back for the latest information. 

     

  • Update #2-Friday, July 10, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, our goal is to provide you with clear and consistent communication based on official information provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and state and local health officials. Our number one priority through this process is to develop a plan that will keep our students, staff and community safe.

    The recent parent survey revealed to us that many of you are still unsure about sending your child/ren back to school. We want to assure you that we heard you and we want to address these concerns. The recent update from TEA lays out that schools must offer parents a remote learning option - you will learn more about our plan below.

    Feedback also indicated that, especially for families with more than one student, it was difficult to keep up with school work because each child or grade level was using different platforms. As a result, we are consolidating our platforms to one learning management system (LMS) - called Canvas - so that every student in grades 2-12 will log into the SAME system to complete school work. Students will use Canvas whether they are enrolled in on-campus instruction or remote learning. Students in PK-1st grade will use a more appropriate developmental LMS called Waterford whether they are enrolled in on-campus or remote learning. 

    In addition, we are forming a Task Force that consists of teachers, community members/parents, principals, school board members and other district personnel. This group will evaluate TEA guidelines and assist with the development of a detailed return to school plan. Your principal will share more about this soon.

    We will regularly update this page as our plans continue to take shape. We encourage you to check back often for the latest information.

    READ THE FULL COMMUNICATION HERE

  • Update #1-June 24, 2020

    Superintendent Harkrider shares a video update with the parents and families in Willis ISD. View the video at the link below.

    https://youtu.be/dhgpXtFQbSE