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Message from the Superintendent

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August 5, 2020
 
Seminole Parents,

We continue to strive to communicate details of our upcoming reopening procedures and a "Return to Learn" plan. We've upgraded some of our plans to help ensure safe, efficient practices are in place. In addition, we have created FAQ #3 to address questions submitted to us. A comprehensive list of FAQ's is provided on our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
 
Here are the Top Five New Things to Know about the Tribe's Return to Learn.
  1. We will be doing a "staggered reopening" at all campuses on August 13 -14. To ensure that safety protocols are in place and students have ample time to adjust to new campuses, we will do partial returns to campuses on Thursday and Friday, Aug 13 & 14. This means that only certain grade levels will return on Thursday, while others will return on Friday. Distance Learning students will follow the same schedule online.  Monday, August 17 will be a normal school day with all students on campus. Please look for information coming from campus principals for the specific details of our staggered reopening.

    Here is the schedule:
    • Thursday, August 13 - Only these grade levels will meet at their respective campuses: 1st grade at FJ Young, 3rd grade at Primary, 5th grade at Elementary, 7th & 8th grade at JH, 9th grade & 11th grade at HS
    • Friday, August 14 - Only these grade levels will meet at their respective campuses: PK & Kindergarten at FJ Young, 2nd grade at Primary, 4th grade at Elementary, 6th grade at JH, 10th grade & 12 grade at HS
    • Success Center will meet on campus with normal times on August 13-14.

  2. In working with local health officials, SISD has reconsidered previous guidance and will perform daily temperature checks of students and staff.

  3. The basics of who will need to stay away from school come down to this:
    • If you test positive, it is a minimum of 10 days (+ must be fever free for 24hrs)
    • If you had “close contact” with a person who was lab-confirmed COVID-19 (within 6 ft for 15+ min w/no face covering), it is a minimum of 14 days.

  4. Friday Night Lights will still shine bright.  We are excited that we get to offer athletics, band, cheer, and all our other extracurricular activities. Per UIL rules, we must limit spectators to 50% capacity. Look for additional information in the near future.

  5. Flexibility is a virtue.  As we move through the year, we could see many changes dictated by this very fluid situation. In a very uncertain time, you can be reassured that our TR1BE is ready to do whatever it takes for our students to be successful.

Sincerely,


Kyle Lynch
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow. Whether we’ll get to see them In-Person or through Distance Learning, we are excited to get the year started. We’ve worked hard to put together a plan that strikes the right balance of normalcy and memorable experiences; while ensuring the safety of our students, families, and staff. We realize it won’t all be perfect and ask that you bear with us as we make adjustments along the way. There are a few things that we want to share with you that will be different.
  • We ask that you screen your child daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to their arrival at school.  We are attaching that screener for your reference.  We will take the temperatures of our students on a daily basis.  You will see us completing this task at the entrances on Thursday and Friday morning.  Beginning on Monday, teachers will take temps as students enter their classrooms at the beginning of each day.  If a student has a temperature at or above 100.4, we will isolate them and call for you to come to get them.  
  • We’ve added time to our instructional day at all campuses.  We need the extra time to make up for lost instruction last spring as well as allow for plenty of minutes to meet TEA requirements.  These additional instructional minutes will be critical in the event we have to close campuses for a period of time because of an outbreak. We will be very flexible with students as families make this adjustment. 
  • In the first week, we will spend more time on day-to-day routines with our students. It will take some time to get our remote learners enrolled in many of the software programs that they’ll be utilizing during this time as well.  Please hang in there with us as this is time-consuming work.  
I can’t say enough about the work and effort all our staff has committed to making this day happen, as seen in the video attached. There hasn't been a guidebook or blueprint for any of us to refer to.  I can assure you that we have labored over every decision and tried to do right by our students and staff. We’ve committed ourselves to find the goodness of this situation.  Having our students back will surely bring goodness to our campuses.  As we approach this school year, we will choose Faith over Fear.  Will we take precautions? You bet.  Will we lose our joy?  Not a chance.  

It’s going to be a great year.

Thank you and Go TR1BE! 
 
 
Kyle Lynch