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Parent Information Letter 9/7

I hope you all enjoyed your three day weekend! I want to give a huge shout out to our amazing teachers and our amazing parents! We truly have the most amazing faculty and staff who want the BEST for our students! We are also so super thankful for our parents who have been patient and supportive throughout this virtual age of school and we appreciate your trust in us! We also understand you have questions. We have questions and are still awaiting clarification at this time. I will hold a zoom parent meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. for any parents who would like to ask further clarifying questions about our re-entry plan. I will email that link through schoolcast.

 I sent our HCES Re-entry plan out on Thursday. Cohort assignments were mailed out on Thursday and our teachers provided information to each family on Friday about cohort assignments. We have been working with our middle and high school to ensure students in the same household have the same cohort in the Huntsville High School feeder pattern. Siblings will attend on the same days if you choose to send your children back to the building. Remember, this is a flexible plan in that you can still choose to continue remotely/virtually thorough the end of the first nine weeks which is October 23rd.

The deadline to unenroll in HVA or enroll in HVA is September 9th. I know many of you have questions about the plan for HVA as do I. We are awaiting further clarification as well. Please be patient.

Your child's safety is most important and will continue to practice social distancing while in the building which means our procedures will change slightly to be diligent. We ask that you encourage your child to follow their teacher's directions and maintain social distance as much as possible.

Instruction will continue daily and if your child is in the building, they will receive their instruction face to face with the teacher while the teacher continues teaching virtually as well and recording lessons. It will be important for students to continue their learning virtually on the days they are not in school. We will continue to ask you to communicate with your child's teacher and ensure all lessons are submitted on Sunday.

Our master schedule will have some slight adjustments with the return of students. Your child's teacher will inform you of any schedule changes. Flexibility continues to be the word for this year.

We will continue STAR testing this week and will share the results of these tests once everyone has completed their testing (the end of the month). DIBELS testing will also begin this week in grades K-3. Your child's teacher will schedule a time to assess and once again we ask that you do not assist by providing answers during testing. It is crucial we receive accurate data when testing. I have included a parent guide that has wonderful information. We use data to guide our instruction and create plans and goals for your child. If you assist by telling them the answer, our teachers will not have accurate information to teach your child. When it comes to assessments, the best help is no help when answering questions. We do ask that you assist them to set up their computer for testing and help them log-in correctly.

Respectfully,

Ms. Spivey