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Dear Families of Distance Learners,

I hope you have had a great week of school! Below, please find important information regarding the process and deadline to change your student’s learning model for the second nine weeks, if you desire to do so.

Learning model change for second nine weeks

If you wish to change your child’s learning model from distance learning to in-person learning for the second nine weeks, you may do so beginning today, Friday, Sept. 18. We have listened to your feedback and extended the deadline to make this change, if desired. The window will close on Friday, Oct. 2, at midnight.

The second nine weeks begins on Monday, Oct. 19.

If you choose to move from distance to in-person learning, the process requires you to complete:

Note: If your student will remain in their current Learning Model for the second nine weeks, no action is required.

When changing learning models, please know your child’s teacher(s) may change. Class assignments have been made based on family choice for the first nine weeks. As we move forward, class assignments will depend on your child’s grade level and how many students are online or in-person. For specific questions, please contact your child’s campus.

Transportation

Parents choosing in-person learning for their student(s) for the second nine weeks  who need district transportation can go to Info-Finder to locate their child’s bus route. For assistance, call or email the SBISD Transportation Routing department for assistance at 713-251-1077 or 713-251-1063 or anissa.mcdonald@springbranchisd.com.

Parents do not need to fill out any paperwork to register.  Your child’s bus driver will provide your child a registration card the first time they ride.

Elementary/Pre-K parents will want to ensure they notify their campus as to their selection of afternoon dismissal procedures. (Example:  Bus Rider/Car Rider/Walker) 

Roles, responsibilities & expectations

I would like to reaffirm the roles, responsibilities and expectations of our students, and you as parents and guardians, during this period of Distance Learning. We appreciate and applaud you for the support you have given your students so far this school year. Needless to say, their success is heightened with your support and encouragement.

As a reminder, our classroom and school protocols are still in place, even when classes are held remotely via Zoom. If you have a question or concern about an assignment, course or resource, please reach out to your child’s teacher outside of classroom instructional time. You are always welcome to reach out to your child’s principal or assistant principal for other issues related to distance learning.

Please also be reminded that your student(s) must follow their established campus schedule and participate throughout the entire school day, just as they would if they were at school.  While our students are not expected to be online all day, as there are times set aside for both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, attendance will be taken daily, and engagement throughout the entire school day is required.

Last, please be sure your child knows and understands that although they may not physically be in a classroom, they are still expected to comply with SBISD’s Acceptable Use Policy, including expectations for online etiquette, as well as the SBISD Student Code of Conduct. 

For a full list of roles and responsibilities for Digital Learning under the LearnSBISD plan, click here.

Student meals

Currently, and until Dec. 31 (or until further notice by USDA), the District will provide meals at no cost to all students in SBISD.

Grab & Go Meals for Distance Learning Students are distributed Monday through Friday, from 4:00pm until 5:30pm at the following locations:

  • Northbrook High
  • Spring Branch Middle
  • Sherwood Elementary
  • Shadow Oaks Elementary
  • Pine Shadows Elementary
  • Spring Branch Elementary
  • Hollibrook Elementary
  • Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Meadow Wood Elementary
  • Treasure Forest Elementary

For more info on Grab & Go Meal Service and proof of enrollment criteria, click here.

Reminder: Continue to complete and return your Free & Reduced Meal Applications or Income Survey forms via Skyward Family Access as soon as possible. The information these forms provide is critical to fully understand the needs of your student and your campus.

2020 fall athletics

Over the past few weeks, our Athletics team and high school principals have been working diligently to find great solutions for our volleyball and football seasons that enable us to maximize the number of parents and spectators that can attend games, while honoring our health and safety protocols.

Visit the Athletics webpage for a list of FAQs, game schedules, ticket/pass procedures and other updates.

Flu shots

This season, a flu vaccine is more important than ever! Getting a flu vaccine protects you, your family and our community from the flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

The more people vaccinated, the better, lessening everyone’s chance of exposure to the flu. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine this fall. For more information, visit the CDC webpage on Flu Vaccines.

Reminder about weekly updates

Each Friday, you will receive an email to update you on any important news for the coming week(s). Be sure to also check the SBISD Distance Learners webpage weekly for updates, reminders and quick links to forms, resources and documents. The page can also be accessed from the homepage of the SBISD website as well as every campus website.

With appreciation,

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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