April 17, 2020 Update

Posted by David Wiechmann on 4/17/2020

Greetings DRES Families,

Well, as of noon today it is official. Governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order to close all schools in the state of Texas for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While many of us suspected this was coming, it was very difficult to hear.

As we continue to navigate through the unknown together, we will become more and more proficient with remote learning. It has been amazing to see, in just a short time, the products that our hard-working teachers are creating, as well as the amount students are interacting with various digital platforms. I had the pleasure today to join in a Zoom chat with some fourth graders. There teacher had planned an informal get together for the students to connect. It was a lot of fun and so great to see some of our Eagles.

While there will continue to be two options for learning: the paper learning packets and the technology based, we want your student to do what works best for your family. I am aware that there are still devices available for check-out from the district. I will include the link below. Keep in mind that the process requires you to list an email. This email is how our technology department will contact you to let you know when to pick-up the device, so it is important to check email frequently. We have had several families miss their pick-up time. Additionally, the technology request will ask for your child’s ID. If you don’t have this, I am happy to help or your child’s teacher can help, as well.

  • English Access Survey: https://forms.gle/iFBapTtCJGczPmWaA

  • Spanish Access Survey: https://forms.gle/9h1DRgpgF4Lsn5QW9

  • Vietnamese Access Survey: https://forms.gle/Fq8zAjsumAPc7xHQ6

    Now that we know this will continue to be our instruction for the remainder of the school year, it becomes even more critical to ensure that your child’s work is received by the teacher, so that the teacher can provide feedback and keep learning going. Additionally, this week teachers began assigning grades. The grade for each assignment is either a P for PASS or an I for Incomplete. If your child does not submit work or if your child’s work is not demonstrating mastery, then an “I” will be assigned. If this should happen, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to provide remediation for your child to ensure that he/she masters the concepts taught.

    Our second-fifth grades are using Google Classroom, which allows for your child to submit work electronically. Primary grades are utilizing See-Saw and other platforms that may have some ability to submit work electronically, but I am also aware that many students are snapping a photo of their work and texting or emailing it to teachers. If your child is doing the paper-based packets, they can be dropped off at meal sites on Monday, during distribution or you can take pics of those assignment and email or text.

    Again, I thank you for all of your patience and support. We will get through this together!! Warmest Regards,

    Christy Chandler
    Dearing Elementary Principal