The Huffman ISD Board of Trustees met July 27 to discuss policy and procedure changes in the up-and-coming school year due to the fears and directives pertaining to COVID-19.

Several of the needed changes include mitigation planning, school session hours, educational format by grade, cleaning strategies, cafeteria procedures, and more.

Dr. Joel Nolte, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented a one-page flyer that was sent out through several media channels.

“The flyer is a single-page information sheet that will provide several links that will be helpful to teachers, staff members, administration, parents and students. We are navigating uncharted territories in the following school year and we are doing a great job collectively at not only communicating throughout our campuses, but also keeping the details up-to-date,” he said. “While all details are subject to change, our leadership has worked tirelessly to compile a single source of information. If student-learning choices change or the governmental directives are altered, we will change our processes to comply with these provisions.”

Currently, the elementary school is set to hold a daily schedule from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with the appropriate devices to be made available to all students as needed. The middle school and high school campuses will hold a daily schedule of 7:20 a.m.-3 p.m. with the appropriate devices to be made available to all students as needed – just like the elementary students.

In terms of remote learning, online instruction will commence Aug. 25. Pre-K through second grade will attend classes asynchronously on their own time via their own internet connection. All lessons and activities will be administered ahead of time by the teacher, allowing students to complete them by the expected deadlines on their own schedule. Remote students from third grade through high school will have classroom content deployed both synchronously as well as asynchronously. “For clarification purposes, synchronous learning refers to education that is delivered in one or more live sessions over the web using internet-based tools like between the teacher and multiple students in off-site locations, whereas asynchronous learning includes anytime training completed at any time prior to the specified deadlines,” said Nolte.

All parents and students are urged to note that the grading and attendance policy – regardless of learning type or whether in-person or remote — are the same for all students, whether physically on campus or off site. All updated codes of conduct and rules apply to all students.

The district has done a painstaking and diligent job of lining up software programs, including for webinar or conferencing sessions and Canvas as the learning management system for attendance tracking, assignment completion and assessments in a single platform. As a whole, $40,000 has already been allocated for online education compliance and ease of learning for all students, regardless of age or grade.

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