Overton ISD will release a statement concerning school closings each Thursday afternoon after a weekly meeting with local health officials and area school superintendents. At this time, the decision will be made weekly, but there may come a time when the district will announce a longer closure if required by circumstances. I cannot express strongly enough that we do not know exactly how long we will be closed...at this time it could be a week or it could be longer.
If OISD is closed next week, we will begin providing sack lunches for students from 10 AM-Noon each day. Simply go to the circular drive used for afternoon pickups (between the weight room and the High School Gym) and a lunch will be brought to the car by an employee.
OISD will continue to provide opportunities for students to do assignments during any prolonged closure. Please understand that these are unique times and we are working through a process that has never been needed in the past. The following is the plan for delivering assignments to students if the closure extends into next week and beyond.
1. Each Wednesday teachers will post assignments to their internet platforms (Google classroom, Study Island, etc.) Students and parents will be informed on how to access this information via Remind, texts, phone calls, emails, and teacher websites.
2. Students/parents who cannot access the assignments electronically will have the opportunity to receive the assignments in a paper format.
****Each Monday from 10 AM until Noon, in conjunction with the free lunch pickup, students/parents can enter the normal pick-up line in the circular drive between the weight room and High School gym and employees will bring the sack lunch and assignments to the car. Students/parents will remain in the car and employees will be wearing gloves as they deliver the lunch/assignments.
****Another opportunity for picking up assignments will be from 5 PM until 7 PM on Mondays at the same location as mentioned above.
****Finally, if students/parents cannot pick up the assignments at either of the above times, they may contact the teacher or campus principal and the assignments will be delivered to the home address.
When assignments are completed they can be returned through the pickup line or will be picked up at the home if needed. We will put the returned assignments in an isolation box until the viability time of the virus has passed and then the assignments will be graded and the grades recorded in the teachers' grade books.
Obviously, we'd all prefer a traditional classroom setting but until we receive guidance from TEA or the State concerning returning to a normal schedule we are going to do the best we can to provide an appropriate education to our students.
We ask for your understanding and patience as we work through this process. I'm sure there will be glitches as we implement this plan, but we will work everything out and will always do our best to continue to serve our students and the community. Communication will be the key to being successful in this endeavor. Contact your child's teacher via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about assignments.