A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Miles ISD Community,
I hope this communication finds you healthy and that your family has been able to enjoy the summer to the best extent possible. With less than 6 weeks away from the start of the 2020-21 school year, our leadership team is hard at work finalizing plans to provide an innovative education model for all MISD students during this public health situation. I’m writing today to share a few important updates.
Learning options for the 2020–2021 school year
Miles ISD will be offering two educational options (100% remote or 100% face-to-face instruction) to accommodate the needs of families and staff members, based on health and safety best practices as prescribe by the Texas Education Agency and the American Association of Pediatrics. In both models, students will be expected to master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the required grade level and subject/ course. Monitoring student learning and progress remains integral to the success of each student and requires attendance, grades, formative/ summative assessments, and other monitoring systems that help teachers determine student progress. These options will also prepare us to shift from face-to-face to remote and/or vice versa as local COVID-19 conditions change.
I invite you to view our 2020-2021 Miles ISD COVID-19 Safely Reopen Plan for our schools which will be located on the schools website www.milesisd.net. The plan outlines the two instructional model options, safety and preventative measures and protocols, and response and mitigation procedures. As COVID-19 conditions change, we will update this plan to align with new guidelines from local, state and federal authorities.
Face to Face Learning
Students (as developmentally-appropriate and per CDC guidelines), staff, and visitors will not be required to wear a face mask/covering when entering a MISD facility unless required by executive order. MISD is developing schematics for classrooms to achieve a 6-foot distance for students and teachers, however that may not be possible in all classrooms. When not possible, students and teachers will wear a face covering. Individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted in writing to campus administration. All staff will be required to take a COVID-19 Health Assessment prior to coming to work every day. Parents will be asked to administer the COVID-19 Health Assessment daily prior to sending their children to school, take their temperature, and keep them home if ill. Individuals who develop symptoms of the COVID-19 illness will be sent to the school health clinic, placed in isolation and sent home immediately. Parents/Guardians will need to make every effort to receive children within 30 minutes. Students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at school. Students will be trained on proper hand washing techniques and participate in scheduled hand washing times throughout the day.
Miles ISD is targeting the following learning standards for families who chose remote instruction:
Families choosing remote instruction will affirm their commitment to learning expectations by signing a Remote Learning Agreement for six week increments. Teachers will design innovative instruction using interactive and online learning tools. Students will remain actively engaged in learning by logging in daily to Google Classroom, Zoom or any other learning forum/platform assigned by the teacher. Families will have access to computer and Wi-Fi technology; please contact the district if there is a need for equipment. Students will adhere to assignment deadlines. Attendance will be taken daily, and all students will be expected to comply with all attendance policies (local and state) as if they were attending school in person. Students can only transition to face-to-face instruction at the end of a grading period through a written request that must be approved by the school.
Should you choose remote instruction for your child please contact the Elementary/High School office at 325-468-2861.
20-21 School Calendar Change
Following guidance from TEA we have modified our school calendar for the 2020-21 school year. We have added instructional minutes to the end of the year to cover for any closure needs. The calendar will be posted to the website.
Miles ISD App
Be sure to download the new Miles ISD App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. In the coming weeks, we will use this platform to relay information to parents and the community. Our faculty and staff are excited to welcome our students and families back to school in the fall. Together we will continue our journey to greatness.
Miles Independent School District