• Dearing Newsletter 7/28/20

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 7/28/2020

    July 28, 2020

    Good Morning Dearing Families! I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Covid has touched all of us in some capacity, whether it be with the illness, financially or even the struggle with social isolation over a prolonged period. I know it has not been easy, but our Dearing community will persevere and get through this together!

    Sometimes uncertainty is more difficult than a plan, even if it is not a favorable plan. With all of the information coming from different pipelines such as the governor, Texas Education Agency, health department, etc., it can be over whelming and ever changing and frustrating, as well. As I said, we will get through it. At this time, I know what you know. We will do the first three weeks, virtually. On September 7, we will welcome students on campus that would like in-person instruction or some students may choose to continue with on-line instruction.

    You have been asked to complete a survey on Skyward, choosing which option you would prefer for your child, by July 31. If you are have having a difficult time accessing, please contact our registrar at Dianna.Gutierrez@pfisd.net.

    If you choose the on-line version, know that it will look much different that the spring. It will be a full, rigorous day of school, as TEA has charged us with providing an equally challenging program with all content that we would cover in-person. We will provide a “suggested” schedule, much like the school day, though there will be some flexibility as to when your child can do his/her independent work and watch content lessons. In addition to prerecorded lessons and independent work, there will be small group times for students to have face to face instruction, as well as whole class times for connecting and social emotional learning. Attendance will be taken daily, so it will be critical for your child to engage with the platform and participate in groups.

    If you choose for your child to return to school, when allowable, we will have many safety measures in place in addition to the plan the district has shared. If you haven’t taken a look at that, be sure to do so, as it is very informative. I will be sharing the additional precautions that we will take on campus, very soon for your feedback. I am currently obtaining feedback from teachers, district supervisors and the Health and Safety team. While we will have many safety procedures in place, it will still be an inviting interactive learning environment for your child. He/she will still get their typical instruction, special areas, recess, lunch and breakfast. It will just look a little different.

    Whatever option you choose, we will take great care of your child and again, we will get through this together. I look forward to working with you to ensure that we provide the best program possible for your child this year.

    Warmest Regards,

    Christy Chandler
    Dearing Elementary Principal

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