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SISD to Transition to Distance Learning

Sunday, March 22, 2020
SISD to Transition to Distance Learning

SISD Superintendent of Schools Kyle Lynch, in a letter to Seminole parents, announced plans to transition to a distance learning model. According to his message, Lynch said students will not report to campus but instead will receive instruction from teachers in a variety of formats. “Seminole ISD will be meeting the education needs of our students via distance learning for an indefinite time period,” Kyle wrote.

Phase 1 of the new format will be Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. He stressed that on that day (Monday, March 23), campuses would close, and students should not report to them. Families will be contacted by school staff. “Students can expect limited instruction and assignments during this time (phase 1), as we allow teachers to prepare for Phase 2 adequately.” March 23-27, will include a significant amount of training, planning, and preparation for the SISD staff.

Lynch explained that parents and students should expect the following during Phase 1:

A necessary exchange of information between students and faculty; i.e., lunch, internet capabilities, spring break travel. Each household should expect a call from school personnel the week of Monday, March 23.

Information will be given about the distribution of technology devices that will be checked out to students.

Detailed distance learning instructional methods will be further explained by the end of the week.

The goal is to begin Phase 2 on Monday, March 30.

When asked about families who do not have wifi or internet access, Lynch said the district is working to solve that problem. “It is certainly an issue. We plan to at least have a drive-up hotspot around our campus.” Lynch noted. The superintendent added that Seminole ISD also plans to provide for a curbside meal pickup for students who need it.

The implementation of distance learning, Phase 2, will begin on March 30. During this time, teachers will start delivering more in-depth instruction to students. There will be an increase of communion between student, parent, and teacher, and all student attendance/performance will continue to be documented in PowerSchool.

“We are also very thankful for the encouraging support that has been given to our Seminole ISD leaders,” Lynch told the Sentinel. “To be successful, this transition will require SISD staff, parents, and community to work together for the benefit of our children. We are confident that Seminole is up for the challenge.”

*The letter to parents from Superintendent of Schools Kyle Lynch can be read in its entirety on the district’s website and Facebook page.