Week of October 12

No School
Remember tomorrow is a school holiday so there will be no in-person or distance lessons.

Tardies
Starting Tuesday tardies will be counted beginning at 8:05.

7:30-8:00 Drop off
8:00 we start the day with the pledges and announcements.
8:05 students are engaged in learning activities

If you arrive after 8:05, there is a QR code posted on the door. Scan the QR code and fill out the information and wait with your student until they are let in. If a student has 10 or more tardies in a grading period they will be assigned Saturday school so please get to school on time.

Powerschool
Please make sure you have logged into Powerschool and check your student’s grades and attendance often. If you need access to Powerschool please email shannon.beauchamp@hpafortworth.com.

Sick Students
Please DO NOT send your student to school if they are feeling sick. We are checking temps and symptoms daily, but we need parents/guardians to do the same. If you are sick and awaiting COVID testing please keep your student home as well until you have a negative result. When students are home sick they can do distance learning and be counted present.

Remember these are the COVID Symptoms: 

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 

▪ Fatigue 

▪ Headache 

▪ Chills 

▪ Sore throat 

▪ Congestion or runny nose 

▪ Shaking or exaggerated shivering

▪ Significant muscle pain or ache

Distance Learners

I wanted to just reach out to you and make sure everyone understands that Distance Learning must be as close to in-person learning as possible. The activities that the student(s) must complete should take several hours; after all they are in school for 8 hours a day. The state of Texas requires schools to teach all of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills(TEKS) and all activities assigned do relate to TEKS.

There may be assignments that in person students are able to do verbally or play a game whereas the distance learner has to do a worksheet or matching activity, but the same TEKS are covered for both students. Students receive daily instruction in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Phonics/Sight words, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts and PE/Dance.

Teachers are available throughout the day on Zoom to answer questions and work through assignments with students. Videos are made just like the teacher is up teaching the class, but they have to be watched in their entirety and sometimes rewatched if the assignment is not understood.

Distance learning is not for everyone because it does take time to help manage the students and to make sure they are completing  and understanding their assignments. If your student is struggling academically we suggest returning to in person class where the teacher can monitor progress and help with instruction and time management.

We have multiple safety protocols in place such as social distancing, table dividers, daily temperature and symptom checks, as well as masks to help keep the students and staff safe. Students are also encouraged to wash their hands and use sanitizer regularly while not touching their face or mask.

If returning to in person education is something you would like to discuss further please let me know.

Up Coming Events
Monday October 12–NO SCHOOL
Wednesday October 14–Title I Zoom 7:00-7:30pm
Thursday October 15–Title I Zoom 10:00-10:30 am
Friday October 16–Spirit Day

Have a great day off tomorrow,
Heather Houpt
Principal

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