March 18, 2020
If you had told me a week ago that, we would not be meeting face to face or participating in all of the school activities that our school thrives on during the busiest semester of the year, I would have said that you are crazy. Unfortunately, we are all living through a disaster that cannot be seen. These are historic times, and in the true spirit of Lingleville, and the United States we will get past this and be a stronger community. I want to thank the teachers who have been working this week to revamp how we provide educational opportunities to our students. Many have already been using online resources to work with students before this time, and they will help lead others who have not. I also want to thank the students and parents for their support and understanding as we all navigate uncharted territory.
Beginning Friday, March 20 teachers will be reaching out to their classes through outlets such as Gmail, Google Classroom, online resources, etc. to begin a concerted effort to stay connected and provide instruction as well as activities. The goal is to continue learning and it is important to maintain focus on academics, but it is equally important for our students to be able to connect with their teachers and one another, even if it is virtually. The school will use a survey to check in with each of our students to see if they have Internet access. If connecting electronically is not an option, we will set up a pick up station for families to pick up work at the school, or work may be dropped off by a route driver in the worst case scenario.
I have made it very clear to teachers that there are no expectations for them to lecture for 46 minutes per day 5 days per week, nor to assign busy work. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to really shine and get back to the roots of what our school system is about. It is about authentic learning, being a social outlet, and providing the emotional support that we all need from time to time. School is going to feel different for a while, but we will come to appreciate the return of the traditional school day someday soon.
If you have received this, and have limited connectivity or have any other needs or concerns, please let me know. We will be working out the kinks as best we can.
I look forward to having the entire Cardinal Family back under one roof very soon, but first we must take the necessary precautions to make that a reality.
Curt Haley, Superintendent LISD God Bless & Sic Em Cardinals,