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Oakland Elementary will shift to online learning effective Thursday, August 26

The following letter was sent to the parents and guardians of Oakland Elementary students on August 24, 2021.


August 24, 2021

 

Dear Oakland Elementary Parents and Guardians,

 

The FBISD COVID Response Team monitors COVID related data and activities each day in an effort to mitigate the spread of illness and maintain the continuity of regular school and business operations within the District.

 

Following careful consideration, the decision has been made for Oakland Elementary to shift from face-to-face instruction to online learning effective Thursday, August 26, 2021, with a projected return to face-to-face instruction on Thursday, September 2, 2021. A formal update confirming the return date will be shared on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

 

The FBISD COVID Response Team assessed a wide range of internal and external indicators to determine the level of risk and/or possible disruption that would prevent us from continuing face-to-face instruction at this time.

 

Internal and external factors will be monitored daily. It is our intention to return to face-to-face instruction for students as soon as we are able to do so. The FBISD Facilities Department will clean and disinfect during the shift to online learning. Please continue to report all positive COVID-19 tests via the FBISD Wellness Survey.

 

Class Schedules

All students and staff will continue to operate on the current bell schedule assigned to them for Term 1. During the shift to online learning, students will log in to Microsoft Teams from home and follow their current schedule from 8:10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Teachers will send students Microsoft Teams invites before classes begin on Thursday morning. Students must have their cameras on during class.

 

Special Populations

During the shift to online learning, students served with SAILS and BSS services will continue to report to campus throughout the duration of this temporary transition. Please check your email for additional information.

Extended Learning

The Extended Learning / Extended Day program will also be closed during the duration of the school's pivot to online learning. Extended Learning will reopen once the school resumes face-to-face learning for students.

Child Nutrition Information
FBISD Child Nutrition will provide Grab and Go meal service during the duration of the school’s shift to online learning. Meals will be served curbside from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and parents must provide a student ID number to pick up meals for their students. These meals are provided to FBISD students at no cost.


Technology
Fort Bend ISD encourages families to use personal devices during the shift to online learning. However, the District understands that not all families have access to devices and internet connectivity at home. The Fort Bend ISD Lending Library will make technology devices available for students in need. A limited number of mobile hot spots are available for families with no internet at home. Families in need must complete the request form request a technology device or mobile hot spot. Please visit https://www.fortbendisd.com/techresources for technology information and support.

Additional Information
Thank you for your flexibility and support throughout this pandemic. I understand that this shift in academic delivery will require our community to adapt. We must remain disciplined and vigilant in our approach to this pandemic as we do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our surrounding communities. Our passionate and dedicated staff will continue to deliver high-quality instruction as we shift to online learning, allowing us to continue the District’s mission. I am grateful for their hard work and the strong support of our community.

 

It is also important that you monitor symptoms, and should you feel ill, begin exhibiting symptoms, or be exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, please see a physician. Families must self-report a positive COVID-19 test, via the FBISD Wellness Survey.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this temporary shift to online learning.

 

Nancy Hummel, Principal

Oakland Elementary