On Sept. 28, the Huffman ISD board of trustees met to detail attendance numbers for each Huffman ISD campus since the beginning of the school year Aug. 31. The first nine days of the calendar year consisted of virtual instruction days using Canvas and other collaboration tools. Starting Sept. 15, students and families were given the option to be face-to-face on-campus or to continue online education using the same parameters as the initial nine days.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Joel Nolte said, “Huffman Elementary School has seen the lowest percent of remote students with 22.02% of the total student enrollment of 872. All campuses are currently operating between 22.02% and 27.04%. Our face-to-face students had attendance taken in the usual fashion, whereas the remote students were tracked based on online presence.”
Due to the COVID-19 disaster and the state’s “hold harmless” calculation, all campuses leading up to Sept. 23 have recorded at least a 91% attendance rate and averaged nearly 98%.
Students may change their learning location at the end of the up-and-coming grading period as of Oct. 16. That said, if an online student would prefer to be a face-to-face student or if a face-to-face student would like to be virtual, that would be the next time they are able to change their current learning location election.
Tim Brittian, Huffman ISD CFO, continued the COVID-19 update by discussing the need for the district to cover the expense of COVID-19 testing for staff members. “If a teacher or other staff member is exposed to the virus, they need to quarantine and refrain from returning to work if they are symptomatic and until they have been cleared by a physician. Most physicians, however, will not provide ‘return to work’ clearance until they have been COVID-19 tested.”
“The test can be costly, especially for uninsured employees. The cost of the test is $250 for uninsured employees. The district needs to be billed for the copay for insured employees. Our staff is our most valuable asset to our students, and we need them to be able to return to campus as quickly as possible to meet and aid in the education of all students,” Brittian added.
COVID-19 testing will be done for all returning staff members at the CareNow facility in Atascocita. This is a required test to keep all students and staff members as safe as possible in these unprecedented times.
Other considerations and approvals were made such as budgetary updates, tax details, general fund information, the need for two buses and many others.