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Suspension of Normal District Operations Is Currently Set to Continue Through May 4th. (Updated 3/31/20)

Updated 3/31/2020    2:30 PM
 

Dear LISD Families,  


Per the order of Governor Greg Abbott, Lorena ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations until Monday, May 4th.  None of the LISD facilities will be open to the public during the closure. Per the UIL, all UIL activities are also suspended until May 4th. 


On a positive note, we began content and grade-level specific instructional support on Monday with math.  We are working on social studies today. I hope things are going well for all our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cheri Borchardt, cheriborchardt@lorenaisd.net or me, joekucera@lorenaisd.net,.


We are all in this together!


Sincerely,


Joe Kucera

Superintendent

 

 

 

Updated 4/03/2020    9:35 AM

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from our community members below. While we cannot answer all questions at this time, if you have a question, idea, or concern that isn’t addressed in the FAQ, you can submit it here

*Newly Added or Updated Questions are at the Top*


 

Will students who need it have access to breakfast and lunch? 

 

We will provide curbside meal service to Lorena ISD FREE and REDUCED eligible students beginning Tuesday, March 17.  Breakfast and Lunch meals will be available for pick up from our Primary School campus (1191 Old Lorena Road) between 9:00AM and 11:30AM on weekdays during the school closure period.

 

Also - beginning March 23, Lorena ISD will provide Mobile Food Delivery for Free and Reduced eligible students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the closure period. On Monday and Wednesday, breakfast and lunch for 2 days will be provided and on Friday breakfast and lunch for 3 days will be provided. Click here to view delivery/pick-up locations.

 

If you need an application for Free and Reduced Lunch, you can fill out one by visiting the Nutrition Services page on our district website

 

 

Do you have resources for how I can talk to my student(s) about this?

 

Our counselors have put together this flyer to help students who might be experiencing anxiety during this unusual time. In addition, here is an excellent article from Dr. Tim Elmore that might provide guidance. We also have this virtual counseling resource exclusively for our high school students.

 

 

Am I able to get a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form during the closure?

 

If you have a student who needs a verification of enrollment form, please email our high school principal, Kevin Johnson. You will need to be able to print the form. 

 

 

What should my student do for instruction? Are we going to have online class?

 

Teachers are providing instruction each day via online platforms. To get started, head to the following website: https://sites.google.com/lorenaisd.net/online-instruction/

 

In addition to instructions and tutorials for accessing the weekly activity for each grade level, this site contains other academic resources and ideas for your students.

 

 

Will we be required to make up the time at the end of the school year?

 

Since we are providing online instruction, TEA is allowing waivers so we will not have to make up days.

 

What about the STAAR and EOC tests?


Governor Abbott announced on March 16, 2020 that the STAAR test would not be given this year. Here is the full statement from TEA about testing: https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/cancellation-of-staar-testing-for-the-remainder-of-the-school-year

 

 

What about prom? It was scheduled for March 28.

 

Mr. Johnson is working tirelessly to reschedule prom. It will not be held on the original date (March 28), but we hope to still have prom. More details will be provided as soon as we are able to do so.



What events are canceled or postponed (sports, playoffs, UIL academics, One Act Play, etc.)?

 

The UIL has suspended all interscholastic competitions, and we will not be holding any local practices at this time. The UIL has indicated that they would like to reschedule all competitions and are working on a plan for that. More information will be provided as we have it available. Here is a link to their website: https://www.uiltexas.org/covid-19-information

 

The following LMS field trips have been canceled:
 
  • 8th Grade Incentive Trip to Medieval Times' Character Education Performance
  • 7th Grade Incentive Trip to Baylor Ropes Course
  • 6th/7th/8th Grades Reading Incentive Trip to Epic Waters 
  • 6th Grade Incentive to The USS Lexington
 
Refunds for these trips will be processed and mailed to all families.  Please understand that due to the magnitude of refunds and the limited working hours due to COVID 19, our Business Office will do their best to have these refunds issued by May/June.
 
 

Is graduation on as scheduled?


At this point, we intend for graduation to take place as planned. If anything changes, we will certainly update everyone about that. 

 

 

What about my dual credit or AP classes?

 

Dual credit students will need to follow the guidelines provided by MCC. Ms. Lovett will be sending messages via Remind to our dual credit students to keep them updated.

 

AP has released the following information and is updating their support website regularly: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update 

 

 

Where can I find more information about Coronavirus / COVID-19? 

 

CDC Information for COVID-19

WHO Updates for COVID-19

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory

Mclennan County Health District

 

 

 

Updated 3/27/2020    1:48 PM
 
Dear Lorena ISD Families,
 
As you know, for the past 7 days we have been sending instructional support through interdisciplinary enrichment activities for all our students. We hope your student has enjoyed these while staying active academically! While we know they have missed receiving direct instruction from their teachers, these activities have given us time to introduce our online learning platforms to our students, provide families assistance regarding technology access, and train our teachers to begin providing content and grade-level specific instruction online. 
 
Beginning Monday, our teachers will begin providing the instructional support resources and activities for their students. Students will still access these activities in the same place they have gone for the past 7 days. 3rd - 12th graders will find instructions in their grade level Google Classroom, and PreK - 2nd graders will go to the Instructional Support website. In the interest of keeping the workload manageable during this trying time, students will only receive one activity per day. We will be sending Math instruction on Monday, Social Studies on Tuesday, English on Wednesday, Science on Thursday, and Foreign Language (HS) / Enrichment (PreK-8) on Friday. Each assignment will be posted at 6 am on the designated day and be due at 10 am on the following day.  Please know that this deadline is meant to keep work from piling up on students - it is not meant to create added stress. If for some reason your student cannot complete an assignment in the allotted time, please just communicate that to the teacher, and they will be able to make arrangements to help your child or extend the deadline. It is, however, extremely important that your student complete the work in as timely a manner as possible. These assignments from their teacher will factor into their grades for this semester.  
 
Please know that our teachers will be available to respond to questions from students during each school day. Teachers will provide information about how to submit questions or get assistance along with their instructional activity. If you need technical assistance - like student login information or other access issues - our technology helpline will remain available. You can find the phone number or email address for tech help along with support videos on our Instructional Support website
 
Thank you again for the support you have shown as we have tried to navigate these uncharted waters. While we always strive to provide high-quality academic instruction for our students, we are also aware that there are many other worries facing our families at this time. Our goal, as we have said before, is "Quality over Quantity." 
 
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have. 
 
Dr. Joe Kucera



Updated 3/24/2020   1:46 PM
 

Dear LISD Families,  

 

I want to begin by thanking you.  I appreciate your patience and support as we navigate uncharted waters.  We are now entering week two of the closure and it is my hope that your student’s educational experience has been positive thus far.  I wanted to send something out that outlines our overall Lorena ISD instructional support plan.

 

This week, grades 3rd-12th, are working on a real world problem that is interdisciplinary. Grades PK-2nd are working on an interdisciplinary zoo themed unit. Students will use math, reading, writing, science, social studies and science to solve the problem and/or activity.  We are really hoping our students can use their creative thinking skills this week.  

 

Next week, we will begin assigning content and grade level specific assignments.  For grades PK-12th, we will have a content specific assignment each day. The week will look as follows: Monday-Math; Tuesday-Social Studies; Wednesday-English; Thursday-Science; Friday-foreign language for 8th grade and high school/enrichment for grades PK-8th.  If our closure is extended, we will add electives. Per the state requirements we are only required to address the core content classes.

 

Lorena ISD is focused on providing quality instructional support for students. It is our expectation that High school students spend no more than 2 hours a day on learning (3 hours for AP/Dual Credit follows MCC guidelines).  Middle school students will spend no more than 90 minutes a day on learning. Elementary students no more than 1 hour a day while primary students spend between 30-60 minutes a day. Lorena ISD recognizes there is a lot of uncertainty and added stress at this time.  We do not want school to be another stressor. Our themes for this journey are “Quality over quantity” and “Less is more!”

 

Lorena ISD has tried to create reasonable expectations for students. In order for us to give students credit at the high school and promote students in the other grade levels, we need your help to ensure our students complete the assignments during the closure. Even with reduced assignments, our students are going to be fine academically.  The LISD staff is fully prepared to do whatever it takes to get our students where they need to be when we return to school.  We do this all the time, for all our students. I want to encourage you to enjoy this time at home as much as possible with your students and make some amazing memories.

 

We are blessed with amazing students, parents, teachers, and community members in Lorena ISD.  We are all in this together! Our community is only going to grow stronger throughout this journey.  

 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 254-837-3239,

 

Thanks again for your support.

 

Joe Kucera, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Lorena ISD
 
 


Updated 3/20/2020     12:55 PM
 

Beginning March 23, Lorena ISD will provide Mobile Food Delivery for Free and Reduced eligible students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the closure period. On Monday and Wednesday, breakfast and lunch for 2 days will be provided and on Friday breakfast and lunch for 3 days will be provided. Click here to view delivery/pick-up locations.

 

If you need an application for Free and Reduced Lunch, you can fill out one by visiting the Nutrition Services page on our district website

 

 

Updated 3/19/20  4:37 PM
 

Dear LISD Families,  

 

This afternoon,Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a public health disaster, the first declared in Texas since 1901. Governor Greg Abbott announced statewide restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19. Per his orders, Lorena ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 3rd.

 

In addition, the UIL had previously communicated that all UIL activities were suspended until March 30th. Given information related to school closures available at this time, the UIL made the decision to extend this timeframe. Per the email I received today, UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4th

 

On a positive note, you should have received an email this morning with the link to some enrichment activities for students from our curriculum team.  We have already had several students complete these activities. I feel like the first day of instructional support has gone well for Lorena ISD. We now have a tech support phone number available for parents or students on  the instructional support website. If you are having issues, please let us know.

 

You are welcome to contact Cheri Borchardt, cheriborchardt@lorenaisd.net or me, joekucera@lorenaisd.net, with questions or concerns.

 

We are all in this together and we are gonna make it.

 

Sincerely,

Joe Kucera

Superintendent

 

Updated: 3/19/20 8:06 am
 

Parents, 


District instructional leaders have put together some resources to help students stay engaged with academics while school is closed. For this Thursday and Friday, we have some short reading and response activities we would like students to complete. 


To get started, head to the following website: https://sites.google.com/lorenaisd.net/online-instruction/


In addition to instructions and tutorials for accessing the weekly activity for each grade level, this site contains other academic resources and ideas for your students. We will add more resources in the coming days. 


One thing students will need in order to complete the online activities or use our online programs is their school username and password. Most students in grades 3 - 12 know these credentials, but for parents of younger students (and older students who may have forgotten), we sent all parents an email with your student’s individual sign-in information. If you have multiple LISD students, you should have received an individual email for each student.


We know that not all families have online access. That is okay! If your student isn’t able to access or complete this week’s activity, we’ll be reaching out via phone to see if there are other ways we can support your student’s instruction while school is closed.


Thank you for all the encouragement and support you have sent to our teachers and team during this time! 


Please visit the site above and share it with your student. Let us know if you have any questions. 


Cheri Borchardt

Director of Curriculum & Instruction


Jessica Webb

Instructional Tech & Media Services Director

 

 


Updated: 3/17/2020    8:00 AM
 
Dear Lorena ISD Families,
 
I hope everyone is healthy and getting some extended family time. I wanted to reach out to you with some new information. Things are changing daily, but we will get through this challenging time. Our administrative team met on Monday, and I wanted to pass along these important things.
 
· We will begin emailing some very basic instructional support measures out on Thursday. These will be enrichment opportunities and/or activities for students to do while at home. This will be a positive experience for students.
· As you may have heard, the governor has officially suspended STAAR testing for the year. We are very grateful to the governor for making a decision in the best interest of students and teachers. This should be a stress relief for students, parents, and teachers.
· We are providing grab and go breakfast/lunch beginning today for those students who qualify from 9-11:30 am at the Primary School. This service will continue throughout the duration of our closure. If you know someone who would benefit, please send them to the Primary.
· Our campuses are effectively shut down. If you need to contact someone, please reach out to them via email. You can access staff email addresses through the LISD website under Staff Directory. All staff have their laptops and are working from home.
· Please remember we have the FAQ on our district website. We continue to add questions and make updates.
 
Look for another email from me on Thursday with more information. I know this is an unsettling time, but please do not let school be a major concern. During this time of social distancing, Lorena ISD is committed to making sure all our students are healthy and successful. We are all in this together!
 
If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
 
Joe Kucera
Lorena ISD Superintendent
 
 
 

Updated: 3/13/2020   4:23 PM
 

Dear Lorena ISD Community,


The welfare of everyone in our community--our students, parents, faculty and staff remains at the forefront of our minds as our district leaders strive to make weighty and careful decisions that affect us all as we continue to respond to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The McLennan County Superintendents met today at 2 pm and collectively made the decision to close schools. As a result, Lorena ISD Spring Break will now end on Friday, March 27. 


All regular and extracurricular activities including classes, competitions, practices, etc. are suspended for that time period. None of the LISD facilities will be open to the public during the closure.


District leaders will be meeting on Monday to discuss next steps. We realize you likely have additional questions, and we will continue to provide regular updates via email, Remind, and our district website. 


Sincerely,


Dr. Joe Kucera

Lorena ISD Superintendent

 

 

 

Updated: 3/12/2020  3:20 PM

 

Responses to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are moving at a rapid pace, and we are committed to maintaining communication with you as we have new information and updates. 


Lorena ISD places the highest priority on the health and safety of everyone entrusted to our care – students, faculty, and staff. During this global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we urge the entire community to take every precaution to ensure we all remain healthy and to reduce the likelihood of the disease spreading to our schools.  As this virus continues to spread, affecting more and more communities around the globe, we will continue to follow all government-issued advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. State Department, and the McLennan County Health District.

While we are aware that colleges across the state have extended spring break and are developing online education plans, we have not yet received directives from the Texas Education Agency or local/state/federal government that recommend or allow closure of our public schools prior to any local cases of the illness. 

We also know that many organizations are taking measures to encourage social distancing by canceling events, however, we have not yet received guidance from the University Scholastic League (UIL), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), or other host organizations for our local competitions and performances. We will continue to communicate at the district and campus-level about student events.

One precautionary step we are taking is to know where members of our community are traveling.  All families of students, faculty, and staff are asked to self-report all travel by completing the appropriate form below. This process is intended to provide a sense of the overall travel profile of our community, which will allow us to make decisions about campus planning and preparation. The information collected will remain private to the extent possible.


We have taken this time during spring break to sanitize and deep-clean all facilities and school buses. We will continue to communicate as this situation develops. The health and safety of our students and community are our highest priorities. 

 


Family Self Report of Travel Form


Staff Self Report of Travel Form