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.
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.