FAQs about Instruction During Closure

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Instructional Frequently Asked Questions during School Closure


We are planning and making decisions on how we will offer instruction remotely and will roll out a plan for our continuity of instruction soon.  In the time being, we have provided some responses to some instructional questions being asked. 

Will there be STAAR testing this year?

STAAR Grades 3–8 Assessments 

All State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) administrations scheduled for April, May, and June 2020 are cancelled. Student Success Initiative promotion/retention requirements found in the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0211 are waived for the 2019– 2020 school year. Lockhart ISD will have local discretion on whether students in grades 5 and 8 should advance to the next grade and we will provide you this information as soon as we are able. 


STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments 

Most students have already completed courses that have corresponding EOC assessments before their senior year. Normally, a student who has not passed up to two of his or her required STAAR EOC assessments may graduate through the individual graduation committee (IGC) process. For students who are still working to meet assessment graduation requirements as seniors in the 2019–2020 school year, required performance on academic assessments to graduate under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) are being waived for spring 2020. Effectively, this means that current seniors may graduate through the IGC process regardless of the number of EOC assessments they still need to pass. We, in collaboration with our Lockhart HS and Pride HS administration teams, will provide additional guidance as we develop our plans.


STAAR Alternate 2 

The STAAR Alternate 2 administration window required under TEC, §39.023(b) and scheduled for March 30 through April 21, 2020 is cancelled. For all students receiving special education services, the admission, review, and dismissal committee will continue to make educational decisions, including decisions related to required performance on academic assessments. 

Will my student receive their report card that was due to be sent home or released on March 25?

All grades were due on Friday, March 13 and you may remotely access your child’s report card.  Students can access their grades by using their student ID (alphakey) and password to login to Skyward Student Access. If you are unable to access the report card, you may email or call your child’s teacher. 

What if we don’t have access to a computer, laptop or tablet for online learning?

You should have been contacted by today, Monday, March 23, from your child’s classroom teacher to determine the accessibility that you have for at home learning.  If they were unable to reach you, they will be contacting you tomorrow, March 24. This information will help us decide how to support students in the case of a longer school closure beyond April 3. 

What if we don’t have access to the internet?

To assist with at home learning, Spectrum is a local internet provider that is offering free internet service for 60 days beginning March 16 for K-12 and/or college students who do NOT already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.   To enroll, please call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. 


Sprint is providing the option to turn on hot spots on your cell phones (at no charge) if you currently have them as a cell phone service provider. Please contact them directly

How can I support my child with online learning?

There are many parent resources that are available for at home and online  learning in the wake of COVID-19. Here is a link with helpful tips:


https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/health/homeschooling-during-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

What will my student be able to do during the week of March 23 - April 3?

We have listed below the student internet links that are familiar tools to your student due to their daily usage on a typical school day.  Please select the link below your student’s grade level and you will be directly linked to the online resources that your student has had access to this school year.

Pre-Kindergarten

http://ck.lockhartisd.org/students/student_resources_and_links

Grades K-5 

https://sites.google.com/a/lockhart.txed.net/lisd-internet-resources/students

Grades 6-8 

http://ljh.lockhartisd.org/students/other_student_resources

https://global-zone51.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/305200
Khan Academy
http://www.code.org/
https://www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses?fbclid=IwAR2DFEKf5KKBVwwDrGvoqHSyVKplbnu3_BHpsum4Ba5cOaONnySnWxW7qIo

Grades 9-12 

https://auth.edgenuity.com/Login/Login/Student

https://global-zone51.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/305200

https://gsuite.google.com/dashboard
Khan Academy

Although we know that this will not replace classroom instruction, we encourage students to continue their use of these learning tools to maintain the skills they have learned to date. Please know that assignments will not be collected, assessed, or graded during our school closure time from March 23 to April 3.  

Will my child have access to Istation at home?
Yes, you are welcome to go to the quick-start guide on the Istation blog here: https://blog.istation.com/help-parents-get-started-at-home, or the Istation homepage: https://www.istation.com/Home/SchoolClosures. The Istation Facebook page is also hosting live streams that will be recorded as well. Here's the direct link to where videos will be posted: Istation Facebook Videos

Will my child have access to Dreambox at home?
Yes, you may click on this link https://padlet.com/DreamBox/HomeLearning to learn more about setting up a parent account.  Your child may access the student link under the resources listed in the response to question 6 above. You will see the icon with your child’s campus name.  Please click on the icon and it will directly send you to the Dreambox site where your child can login using their username and password that they use at school. 

Will students be able to take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests during the extended time out of school?
Yes, students may still take these tests while schools are closed. 

What if my child cannot remember their login/password?
We will provide you the process soon for students who cannot recall their login/password. 

Will my child’s classroom teacher be available during the day for assistance by phone?
We met with our campus principals to make decisions on staff expectations on Monday, March 23.  You will be receiving this information from your campus principal.

How will my child be expected to turn in assignments?
Please know that any assignments will NOT be collected, assessed, or graded during our school closure time from March 23 to April 3.  If we should have school closure beyond April 3, we will provide you procedures for any expectations that will be set forth regarding assignments.s

Will we have summer school?
We have not made a determination at this point due to the daily/weekly changes news that we receive. Any updates regarding summer school will be provided as we develop our plans due to school closure beyond April 3. 


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