HISD Will Discontinue Remote Learning November 2

HISD Will Discontinue Remote Learning November 2
Posted on 10/19/2020


Henrietta Independent School District

“All In For Excellence”

Scot Clayton, Superintendent 

 

October 18, 2020

Dear Henrietta ISD Family and Friends

Page 7 of the HISD Strong Start 2020-2021 document states: “Since this is an ever-changing situation, the district may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and community.” Also, the first two objectives in the planning of the Strong Start 2020-2021 document were to keep staff and students safe and healthy.

So with that in mind, Henrietta ISD will be discontinuing all remote instruction beginning Monday, November 2. Student learning occurs best in the physical presence of the teacher.

This decision to cease remote instruction was not made in haste. Henrietta ISD administration has been in constant communication with the school board, teachers, parents, and community members about the effectiveness of this mode of instruction. Other factors that were considered in this decision were student attendance and failure rates for the first six weeks.

Student Concerns
After reviewing student data for the first six weeks, 5.5% of HISD students committed to remote instruction for the entire six weeks. Almost half (46%) of the students that failed the first six weeks were remote learners. Half (50%) of the students that failed one or more subjects were remote. In regards to excessive absences, 75% of the students on the current excessive absence lists for the secondary campuses were remote learners.

Teacher Concerns
Over the past eight weeks, the Henrietta ISD school board and administrators have watched HISD teachers pour their hearts and souls into their profession trying to maintain some form of educational continuity over a wide array of platforms. The tireless work that they have performed and succeeded at, has proven to be unsustainable. The nature of an educator is to “help” at all costs. It has been seen. It has been heard. It has been felt. This “help at all costs” dedication comes with a steep price tag. Henrietta ISD is blessed with the absolute best “student-focused” staff, and as an educational community, their gifts and talents are needed at HISD, and in education, for many years to come.

For those wanting to continue remote learning, the following options are available.

  • Enroll in a private school
  • Request a transfer to another district
  • Transfer students may return to their home district
  • Enroll with an online school such as Texas Virtual School Network (www.txvsn.org)

In the event that HISD has a confirmed case of COVID-19, those affected will be required to return to remote instruction for the period of isolation and quarantined when determined to be in close contact. During those instances, students and parents will be assisted to ensure appropriate educational resources are provided for the continued success of all students.

Thank you for the continued support, understanding, unity, and grace that you have displayed. While this decision will not be agreeable to all, it is a decision made in the best interest for the physical and mental health of both our students and staff.

Henrietta ISD looks forward to seeing, teaching, and interacting with all students on Monday, November 2. Any campus or grade level questions can be addressed with campus administrators.

All In For Excellence

Scot Clayton
Superintendent of Schools

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