No doubt 2019-2020 was the oddest year in at least recent memory if not for all time. I never would have imagined that our country would be faced with the challenges that came about over the last few months. Nevertheless, we are excited about the upcoming school year. We miss our students and we are ready to get after it!
The safety of our students and staff are of high importance to us. We will follow guidance from TEA and the CDC to help us with monitoring COVID related events. We will incorporate daily practices that promote social distancing, we will clean our facilities well every day, we will provide plenty of opportunities for everyone to wash thier hands and according to Gov Abbotts Executive Order all students aged 10 and over and all staff will wear a mask. The complete LISD Return to School Plan can be found on the LISD website. The plan can be found in its entirety and we have also broken the plan down into several sections. On the website, each section has its own link which we hope will help you to locate the specific information you are looking for quicker. Please look over the plan and let us know if you have any questions.
The summer has been a busy time for us. We have added 2 portable buildings to the district. Each portable contains 2 classrooms giving us much needed classroom space. The 6th grade class will use 2 of the rooms during much of the day. The other two rooms will be used for the AG Dept to have a 2nd classroom and to have space for teacher’s who do not have a “home” classroom and have to roam to various classes each day. We have added additional security to the district as all outside doors to the JH/HS are now accessible only through being “Buzzed in” from the main office. At the elementary new security door stations have been added at the k-2 building, at the door closest to principal autry’s office, and on the “old” gym door. We have purchased new doors, put in new flooring in a few rooms, and had quite a bit of painting completed. We have purchased a smaller bus and a regualr bus to ensure that our students have transportation that is reliable. We are excited about the new changes and we hope that they will add to the quality of educational experience we are able to provide our students.
Along with facility upgrades, we have also made changes to our educational program. For the first time ever, LISD will have an elementary counselor this year. We recognize that todays children are faced wih more challenages and deeper issues than previous generations and we want to help provide the supports they need. We also will have a Curriculum Director for the first time ever this year. Our goal is to provide addtional program options for our students. The new staff addition will help us to find ways to implement these new ideas! Our elementary will have a choir this year. If the program grows and enough students continue to show an interest, we will expand the program over to the JH/HS. The addition of the second ag teacher last year has helped us to expand that program and we have more and more students getting involved becasue we are able to offer various options within the program.
We are looking forward to a great year! We appreciate your help and support! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.