“Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for your effort, patience, and understanding as we all work to prepare for a unique school year. I can assure you that all of the staff miss you dearly, and we look forward to seeing everyone again, even if only through the small Zoom window on a computer screen.

We wanted to take a moment and give you some updates about the coming year, and we hope to add additional clarity regarding what you can expect this year.

School Calendar:

Attached to this email you will find the updated/revised Academic Calendar that reflects the adjustment to the start date. You will see very few additional changes.

Chromebooks:

This year, we will be requiring all of our scholars to utilize a school Chromebook while virtual instruction is occurring. However, at this time we do not have all of the Chromebooks required to meet this demand. Until we are able to provide a device to all scholars, we will absolutely appreciate use of your personal devices if they are available.

With that said, we have a significant supply of Chromebooks, so please complete the survey we sent yesterday, and please know that we will make sure that if a scholar needs a device, then they will receive one.

Instructional Materials:

In addition to Chromebooks, we will be distributing scholar textbooks for the 20-21 school year to support continued learning at home. Please plan on attending during one of the two days we will be distributing these materials so your scholar will be prepared for online learning.

Textbook Pick-up Dates:
Friday 8/14 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 8/15 10:00am – 2:00pm

Materials will be distributed via car-line pickup in front of the building. Please remain in your vehicle. A staff member will bring your scholar’s materials to the vehicle.

Orientation:

We will be holding orientation virtually this year, and each grade level will have their own orientation. During orientation, you will be guided through some of the new programs that will be used during this remote learning formatted beginning of the year. Below you will find a schedule and the topics we will be discussing. We look forward to seeing you there!

· Teacher introductions
· Synchronous and asynchronous learning
· Skyward – accessing scholar and school information
· Instructional delivery
· Bell schedule
· Attendance in a virtual environment
· Schoology (replacing Google Classroom)
· Keys to successful remote learning
· Lunch program
· After school clubs

School Hours:

Our instructional hours during this year will be from 8:00am until 3:50pm. This time frame is designed with flexibility in mind, and it should allow for a stable schedule to remain in place when face-to-face classes resume. This schedule will be elaborated on during our orientation, so please make sure you are there.

Thank you for working with us to support your scholars.

Sincerely,
Clinton Barnes
Principal – HSA Plano