This is definitely a “reminder” and could be a “to do” – or something to ignore for now altogether! If you are bringing in any students under LIPI please make sure you contact these students/families to make sure they know your plan for bringing in this student. Once transportation is confirmed they also make a call to the family to inform them of times and location for pick-up and in many cases (across our district) the family expresses surprise about their child attending school (which isn’t good) at all right now. _________________________________________________________________________________
Here is your homework assignment for our next Leadership Excellence and Equity training with BRYT/Courtney on the afternoon of Nov. 18. Please make some time to complete this and be ready to share your insights with your small team on that day. _________________________________________________________________________________
THIS and THAT:
From Paul Dean:
I will be out of the office and off grid Monday-Wednesday of next week.
Our classified union has expressed high interest in helping their members avoid having to use their sick leave if they are required to self-isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure. One way to make that happen was if classified staff had work that they could do from home. Here is a list of jobs (some of which can be done remotely) that OSEA wanted to be passed along to building administrators.
Should a classified member in your building have to self-isolate and you have the ability to assign remote work for them to do in lieu of taking sick leave, they would greatly appreciate it.
Site Visits For Middle & High Schools
I’ve visited all of the elementary schools plus Mountain View, [email protected] and Bend High to walk through their safety checklist plans. Here is a signup form so that I can assist middle and high school planning efforts as you solidify your plans for students returning for hybrid. Look forward to connecting with you (and/or members of your safety team) during a site visit.
Return To School Phase-In Scenarios
Unfortunately, we know that we won’t meet the metrics when they are released on November 9th. For subsequent weeks, here is a document that explains how our phased-in transition will work. Lora will share this information with teachers next week.
Safety Checklist Due Date Reminder
Please upload your new school’s COVID-19 Safety Checklist here before the end of the day on Thursday, November 12th.
How are you family connections teams going? One of our behavioral coaches, Amanda Schook, has been visiting some school’s family connections team meetings and shared some observations in a google doc that may help your school-based teams. Please reach out to Paul and Amanda if your school’s FC team can use any support from our district FC team.
LIPI / Transportation
Our bus routers will not be working over the Thanksgiving break, so if you want to start a new student in LIPI after the break, please plan ahead as no work will be done on this during the week of Thanksgiving. ______________________________________________________________________________
Here is a link to a DRAFT website that the LEAD Cohort (and Kinsey putting it all together) has created. Please DO NOT share or send out to anyone on your staff at this time. This resource may be communicated broadly as soon as next week, but I wanted you to be able to preview it if you’d like. _______________________________________________________________________________
I have some great news to report! We are in the process of adding “Grade Guardian” to our Canvas system. The HS has done the most research and digging into this program, but I believe it will have valuable uses for our teachers, counselors, and admin at the MS level also. Here is a short (4:48) video and a written overview of some of the services this adds. (Rumor also has it that there is an attendance function!) Stay tuned for more. _______________________________________________________________________________
Following is a message from Alandra (please note that any involvement is voluntary!): We know the world, and even our community, can feel awfully stressful and hostile right now. We are hoping to make the discourse in our community more positive and are launching a kindness campaign with regional partners to elevate stories of kindness – with a special focus on World Kindness Day, Nov. 13. If you are interested in learning more and supporting this effort: Here is a list of ideas of how to join both in and out of school. We are hoping these resources will make it easy to join: Writing prompts, for instance; topics for advisory or freshmen foundations; a contest at the high school level; books to read at the elementary level. Additionally, we know many schools are ALREADY doing a lot around kindness. Please consider sharing with Alandra the great work you are already doing. Thank you. And if you haven’t yet watched the kindness launch video featuring our 8th graders, be sure to do so. _______________________________________________________________________________
From nurse Tami: As we are (hopefully) heading back to in-person school (thinking positively here), the nursing team feels that it would be extremely beneficial for students, parents, and staff to hear from their school nurses about healthy practices and precautions to take for COVID. We are asking for schools to share nurse/health-related information at the same time you send out your school newsletters so that families and staff will become familiar with looking for these communications regarding COVID-19 information and updates. We are finding that with LIPI, many families (and some staff) are not aware (even with the COVID Communication Guidance) of the signs and symptoms to look out for and when to keep their student home. This communication will serve as the first nurse/health-related information to go out with your school newsletters. Please know that I will be reviewing and approving the information before it gets sent to you. [Future health information will come directly from your school nurse to you – and not via this blog – so be looking for that!]. _________________________________________________________________________________
As I have mentioned to you (more informally than formally), the district will be using a group called YouthTruth to conduct student and staff surveys this winter/spring. The first of these will occur in February, 2021. In order to prepare for this, next week you’ll receive a link to a recorded webinar training that you’ll need to watch by Nov. 20. This webinar will provide you with an understanding of the survey and administration logistics. During Thanksgiving break you will receive additional information from YouthTruth. _______________________________________________________________________________
Here are a series of updates from Amy T:
Across our district, the purchase of iPad insurance is down more than 60% from previous years. We anticipated this would happen, and also realize it is causing concern. In preparation, extra funds were budgeted to cover damaged devices. Our advice to principals is to use your best judgement when assessing fines. If damage looks like blatant misuse or abuse you should fine the student for damage. If damage appears to be accidental and in the course of normal use you do not need to assess a fine. Going forward, we will be revisiting the topic of insurance for future years and hope to come up with a different solution for dealing with damaged devices.
WebEx Security Updates
On Monday, November 30th WebEx will receive another security upgrade. As of that date, students who are logged in to the WebEx platform will go directly into their teacher’s meeting room, whereas those who are not logged in will need to be let in from the “waiting room”. More about this change can be found in our blog entry. Our Instructional Technology team recommends that all students log in to WebEx independent of their scheduled meetings to facilitate the process; logins can happen any time so long as they are done before November 30th.
Apple iOS 14.1
On Wednesday, November 11th, the newest iPad operating system will be available for students to download. Students will not have to upgrade immediately, but will be prompted at some point that the update is available. When new updates come out, it is possible that we will start to see some challenges with the behavior of other apps. At this point we have determined that all of our curriculum apps and frequently used tools are ready for this update, so glitches might be the result of students NOT having updated their devices. Running the iOS update from “Settings” is a great problem-solving step if new app glitches show up.
We are also recommending that all students login to their school Apple ID to utilize upgraded iCloud storage. This message has already been pushed out to many staff members and students, more information on how to do it can be found in this blog entry. _________________________________________________________________________________
Monday, November 9th is our fall MAC survey day. Remember anything we do on MAC day, with connecting our students to medical, mental health, dental, vision, or OHP health insurance can be claimable and result in reimbursement that directly funds our FAN advocates. Please coordinate with your FAN advocate for any support or communication regarding MAC day. _________________________________________________________________________________
Please make sure that your school’s main office is open throughout the day. We’ve received some feedback (across our district) that parents/community are not able to access a school to ask a question or drop-off/pick-up items due to the building being closed and/or office not being open. We definitely want our main office to be accessible during these days – just as we would normally. _________________________________________________________________________________