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Dear Families of Distance Learners,

I hope you had a great week, despite the rainy weather. Thank you for your flexibility on Tuesday morning as our entire system adjusted in response to Tropical Storm Beta.  Below are reminders about the timeline and process should you wish to change your student’s learning model for the second nine weeks. Other reminders also are included.

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 now until 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: Every SBISD student attending in-person is required to have a completed daily health screener PRIOR to boarding a school bus or being dropped off at school. High school students may complete their own screener. Middle and Elementary school screeners must be completed by a parent or guardian.

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

If you choose in-person learning for your child for the second nine weeks and need district transportation, visit Info-Finder to locate your 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)

Progress reports

Progress reports will be forthcoming based on the schedule below. In the meantime, please continue to keep up with your child’s assignments and how they are doing using Skyward Family Access and Itslearning.

  • Friday, September 25 – Elementary students (Check with your campus on mode of distribution)
  • Tuesday, October 6 – Secondary students (via Skyward)

November 3 – Remote learning day

November 3, Election Day, was originally scheduled as a student holiday and staff PD/flex day. However, as the 2020-21 calendar was adjusted to begin school a week later this year, November 3 will now be a remote learning day for all students. Students will learn virtually from home and teachers and staff will report to school.

This change helps us meet the required annual number of instructional minutes set forth by the Texas Education Agency. Parents, please note that on remote learning days like November 3, your child will have assignments and required evidence of learning engagement. 

View the 2020-21 Academic Calendar

Grade-Level Guides

We are excited to announce new SBISD Grade-Level Guides (PK-12) that have been developed by our Academics team to provide an overview of what your child will learn in school every nine weeks and resources to support their learning at home.

You will find strategies based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and SBISD priority standards to help you help your child meet his or her learning goals. Teams of SBISD teachers studied the TEKS and further identified the essential, or priority, standards necessary to master at each grade level. These guides provide clearconsistent expectations for what SBISD students should be learning as we strive to prepare Every Child for his/her T-2-4 goals.

Access the Grade-Level Guides here.

Gratitude

As we are getting into the flow of the new school year, we know it continues to be a time of adjustment for us all - parents and educators alike. On behalf of our principals, teachers and campus staff, thank you for your support as we near the halfway point in our first nine weeks. We appreciate you all very much.

Have a great weekend.

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools