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Superintendent Updates



7-21-20


Good afternoon,


Today Dr. Farley Verner, Local Health Authority, signed an order delaying in-person activities in county schools.  Lorena ISD will not be allowed to have students on campus for in-person instruction until after September 7, 2020.  In addition, all school-sponsored events and activities cannot resume until after this time.  Strength and conditioning, cheer camp, band, dance, and all other summer activities have now been stopped until further notice. 

 

We are still in the process of digesting this order and will be adjusting our plans for reopening accordingly. This will impact our timeline for releasing our full plan for return to instruction, and we will not be able to send it this Thursday as originally planned. We still hope to get that to you as soon as possible, and we will provide you with a revised timeline on Thursday afternoon.

 

Joe Kucera

LISD Superintendent

 


7/16/2020


Dear Lorena ISD Families,


Over the last few days you have seen several districts release their plans for instruction for the fall school year. In an effort to make sure we get adequate input from our teachers, we are taking a little more time to finalize some of the details. The Lorena ISD plan will be released on July 23, 2020. However, I know you are anxiously awaiting information, so I wanted to provide you with some important components that have been finalized.


Registration for the 2020-21 school year will open on July 27. During registration you will be asked to sign up for either in-person or remote learning. This decision is for the first grading period, and you will be able to re-evaluate your choice at the end of each grading period this school year. We will provide you with greater details about each model next week, but here are a few important highlights.


Remote Learning:

  • Remote learning will NOT be the same as it was in the spring. Remote students will have the same number of classes per day as in-person students, and can expect the amount of work and time it takes to complete those assignments to mirror what is happening on campus.
  • Remote learning students will be required to be active in their online classes on a daily basis. 
  • Remote learning will follow the “asynchronous” model of instruction, meaning students will be provided with lessons and assignments and be able to work through them independently. They will, however, have designated methods of instructional support and scheduled times that they will be able to connect with their teachers. 

In-Person Learning:

  • There are a large number of safety guidelines and requirements that we will have to follow for students attending in-person. This includes the Governor’s Executive orders regarding the use of masks and face coverings. 
  • The in-person school day is being restructured to reduce the number of classes per day and limit movement between classes. This allows for social distancing and better mirroring with the remote learning option.

Another important thing we wanted to inform you about is school supplies. The district is re-evaluating our supply lists to keep them much more manageable for families this year. We will provide the new, simplified supply lists next week. We are also in the process of obtaining individual Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-12 and for our remote students in grades K-2. We hope to have these devices in and ready by the start of school. 


Our first day of classes is August 13th! Please remember that we will send the full plan to you on July 23, and registration will open on July 27. Whether you choose remote learning or the in-person option, we look forward to serving your student this year.

 

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,


I hope everyone is enjoying summer and is healthy.  We have completed our first full week of strength and conditioning camp at the high school.  We have had a great turnout by our students, and it has been going very well.  We are monitoring this closely to ensure our students and staff remain safe.  Per the Governor, the State of Texas is now in Phase III of reopening, and we are anticipating additional guidance from the UIL and TEA on June 22.   


School calendars are being discussed a lot in the media right now.  Our administrators have been reviewing options and visiting with other school districts.  At this time, there are no plans to adjust the start date of school for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are very comfortable with our 2020-2021 school calendar. We are considering extending the school day by a few minutes or adding bad weather (Covid-19) days at the end of the calendar in order to bank more minutes. As soon as any decisions are finalized, we will be sure to share them with parents and students.   

 

In addition, we are looking at the structure of the school day to assist us in finding ways to make in-person learning and remote learning mirror each other.  Because of the uncertainty surrounding what our guidelines will be in August, Lorena ISD is having to make plans to provide school in several possible formats or scenarios.  We are planning for how we can have school in-person (our preferred method), school from home, or a combination of both.  This is our biggest challenge!  

 

We want our students on campus, but we also have to be prepared to make our remote learning model mirror in-person learning in 2020-2021.  As a result, the expectations and rigor of remote learning will have to increase this coming school year.  We must use what we have learned over the last half of the semester to make improvements for students, teachers and parents.  As part of this process, we would love to have your input about your remote learning experience from March-May.  Please fill out this form if you have any feedback you would like to share to help us make decisions for the fall. 

 

We will also send an additional survey in mid-July to ask about your thoughts regarding returning to in-person school in August. Things have a way of changing quickly and we want to give everyone another couple of weeks in the decision making process.  

 

Please keep the country in your prayers.  Stay positive! We are blessed to be a part of the Lorena Community!


Joe Kucera

 

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.  As of Wednesday, we have completed our shutdown process for students and parents.  I think this went really well and almost all students and parents participated.  We appreciate all of your help shutting our schools down.

 

Today is the official last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year.  We made it!  The last day of school is always an exciting time for everyone. This is a very different last day, but just as important to our students, parents and teachers. Congratulations to the class of 2020 and all our students on a successful year!

 

I want to thank you for all your help and support this school year.  In partnership with you and the community, Lorena ISD and our students were able to overcome Covid-19.  It wasn’t always easy, but we can all be proud of what we have accomplished. Lorena is an amazing community.

 

Lorena ISD is slowly transitioning back into normal operations.  The front offices of our campuses will be open a limited number of hours each day during the month of June.  The administration building will be open 8 am until 4:30 pm each day.  All Lorena ISD facilities will be closed on Fridays the month of June and July.  If you need assistance from a campus, I recommend you call or send an email before coming to campus.  

 

I will continue to engage in conversations with local health officials, area superintendents, TEA, and state officials related to Covid-19.  The safety of our students will always be our first priority.  You can look for updates from me starting in mid-July related to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  

 

I hope everyone has some time to relax and do something fun this summer.  Together we did it!  

 

Have a great summer.  

 

Joe Kucera

Lorena ISD Superintendent

 

Community Briefing 5-15-20

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. This past Monday we had our Farewell Parades at the Primary and the Elementary schools. We had an excellent turnout, and it was enjoyed by all.  I want to thank everyone who participated.  It was not the way we are accustomed to saying goodbye to our students, but it at least gave us the opportunity to see everyone one more time before summer. 

 

This week was our last week of content and grade level instruction for the 6th six weeks.  It is imperative that students get all content and grade level assignments turned in.  High School parents should have received an email  explaining GPA and class rank for the 2020 Spring semester.  

 

Next week, all campuses will be posting a life skills enrichment activity.  It should be a relatively fun week for students who will have the ability to choose which activities they want to complete. Grades 3 - 12 will find these activities in their grade-level Google Classroom. Grades PK - 2 will find them on the instructional support page where their lessons have been posted throughout this time.


As you know, students and parents began collecting and returning items to campus yesterday.  This process will continue through next Wednesday.  Principals sent out a schedule last week informing students and parents when to come to campus.  If your student is not feeling well or has been sick, please do not have them come to the school.  We must all work together to keep everyone safe.  


If you have any questions or concerns about grades or the schedule for collecting and returning items to campus, please contact your campus principal.  It is really hard to believe our school year is coming to a close.  Our last official day of school for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, May 22nd.  It has been a very unique Spring Semester and we appreciate all your support throughout the Covid-19 closure.  

 

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have. 

 

Joe Kucera

Lorena ISD Superintendent

 

 

5-8-20 - Community Briefing

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.  We had our Salute to Seniors parade last night and it went very well.  It was a great way to honor the Class of 2020.  On Monday, May 11th we have Farewell Parades at the Primary (6 pm) and the Elementary (6:30 pm) schools.  It should be a great opportunity for students to say goodbye to their teachers.

 

Next week will be our last week of content and grade level instruction for the 6th six weeks for grades 3-12.  The last week of school we will be doing a life skills enrichment activity.  It is imperative that students get all content and grade level assignments turned in next week.  You should be able to use Powerschool to monitor your student’s progress. These assignments are being graded and will be used to determine course credit and promotion to the next grade level.  We want everyone to be successful and would appreciate your assistance.  

 

Primary school parents will continue to receive feedback as it relates to student progress as they have been.  The primary school will be doing a life skills enrichment activity the last week of school as well.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact your student’s principal or me. 


Students and parents will be collecting and returning items to campus on  May 14, 15, 18, 19, and 20.  You should have received an email Tuesday from your campus principal that included a schedule.  If your student is not feeling well or has been sick, please do not have them come to campus.  We must all work together to keep everyone safe.  If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, please contact your campus principal.  


Thank you again for your support during this time. Our goal continues to be "Quality over Quantity!" 

 

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have. 

 

 

Joe Kucera

Lorena ISD Superintendent

 

Senior Briefing 5-7-20

 

Dear Lorena ISD Senior Parents,

 

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.  Per Governor Abbott’s press conference on Tuesday and TEA Guidance, an outdoor graduation ceremony may take place in any county on or after June 1st.  For this reason, Lorena HS is moving graduation to Leopard Stadium at 8 pm on Friday, June 5th.  This is very exciting news and we wanted to share it with you as soon as possible.  Please mark your calendars!  Congrats to the class of 2020!  

 

We are still in the process of reviewing all the outdoor ceremony requirements and making adjustments to our graduation plan.  We are required to cap the number of participants (inclusive of students, families, and staff) to a level that can be managed in the outdoor venue to maximize social distancing, both during the event and during entry and exit.  Graduates will only be allowed to invite a certain number of guests to attend the ceremony in person at the stadium. We are coordinating plans to live stream the ceremony for those unable to be in the stadium.  

 

The guidelines state the following related to outdoor graduation ceremonies: “Be advised, this permission is subject to change as underlying public health conditions change.”  This statement is the reason we chose to have our graduation ceremony the first Friday in June.  

 

I cannot wait to celebrate our 2020 Seniors on June 5, 2020 at Leopard Stadium!  See you at the parade tonight at 6 pm.  

 

We will be sharing our graduation plan once it is complete and it meets all requirements. Be on the lookout for future emails.   

 

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Johnson or me.  

 

Joe Kucera

Superintendent

 

Updated: 5/1/2020  9:00 am
 
Dear Lorena ISD Families,
 
I hope everyone is safe and healthy. We begin Phase I of the Governor’s plan to re-open the Texas Economy today. We are starting the journey back to our normal routines. It will be a slow process, but we are moving towards re-opening fully.
 
Powerschool is up and running for grades 3-12. You should be able to use this to monitor student progress. Please continue to help ensure your student completes the assigned work in as timely a manner as possible. These assignments are being graded and will be used to determine course credit and promotion to the next grade level.
 
I want to share some decisions that have been made about the 5th and 6th week grading periods. When we left for Spring Break, we were halfway through the 5th six weeks (W5) grading period. Since these mid-grading period grades were not an accurate reflection of what students would have received at the end of the full grading period, these W5 averages were exempted from the final grade calculations for the 2nd semester. We started content and grade level instruction at home on March 30th. The district has decided to expand the 6th six weeks (W6) to include these two additional weeks of online instruction (6th six weeks is now 8 weeks). All assignments in W6 will have equal weight in the gradebook (no major/minor grades). The 2nd semester grade will be calculated by averaging the numerical grades from the 4th six weeks and the 6th six weeks. There will be no final exams at the middle school or high school this semester. It is imperative your student completes the online assignments. For high school students, I will be sending information about GPA and class rank next week.
 
Primary school parents will continue to receive feedback as it relates to student progress as they have been. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your student’s principal or me.
 
I know Mr. Johnson has sent out some information related to graduation this week. We are still committed to doing everything possible to have a face-to-face graduation. As for closing our schools, we plan to use the last two weeks of our school calendar to complete this process, May 11 through May 22. Campus principals will be sending out the scheduled times for students to be allowed to collect things from and return materials to campus on Tuesday of next week.
Thank you again for your support during this time. Our goal continues to be "Quality over Quantity!" Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have.

Joe Kucera
Superintendent
 

Community Briefing 4-24-20

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Per my last email, Powerschool is now up and running for grades 3-12.  Teachers began entering grades Monday of this week.  Parents should be able to use this to monitor student progress moving forward.  Primary school parents received the third nine-weeks grading report this week along with some guidelines for receiving student progress feedback for the remainder of the school year.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact your student’s principal or me. 


For grades 3-12, I will be sending additional information out to parents about the fifth grading period and semester grade calculations in the coming weeks.  In addition, I will be sending out information about GPA and class rank once all decisions have been finalized. 


This week, I was hoping to provide you with more information related to graduation and the procedures for closing our schools for the summer.  I was on a conference call with the commissioner of education Tuesday and Thursday of this week.  Unfortunately, no guidance was given as it relates to face-to-face/in person graduation.  Per the current Governor’s order, face-to-face graduations are prohibited.  Lorena ISD is committed to doing everything possible to have a face-to-face graduation.  Mr. Johnson, high school principal, will be sending out some graduation options next week after Monday’s Governor’s press conference.  We will be asking for input from students and parents.  Please remember we will use this input in addition to guidance from state and local officials to make the most appropriate decision.


As for closing our schools, we plan to use the last two weeks of our school calendar to complete this process, May 11 through May 22.  During this window, we will schedule times for students to be allowed to collect things from and return materials to campus.  Specific details will come out the week of May 4th.  

 

Please continue to help ensure your student completes the assigned work in as timely a manner as possible. These assignments are being graded and will be used to determine successful mastery of the TEKS for this semester.

 

Thank you again for your support during this time. Our goal continues to be "Quality over Quantity!" 

 

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have. 

4-17-20 - Update 2 - Governor's Press Conference - 1:40 PM

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

Per the Governor’s press conference, Lorena ISD will continue to provide instructional support at home for the remainder of the school year.  We will not be returning to traditional school this year. We realize this extended closure presents many questions for students, teachers and parents about things like graduation, returning materials, and collecting items from the buildings. I anticipate Commissioner Morath providing guidance early next week about these things and many more logistics related to shutting down for summer.  

 

With this guidance, principals and district leaders will begin creating plans to complete and close the 2019-2020 school year at home. As these plans are complete, I will be sending out updates that should answer many of your questions. Your patience is appreciated.

 

Thanks for all your support as we navigate this process. You can expect to receive more information from me next week.  I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe and healthy!

 

Joe Kucera

Superintendent

 

 

4/17/2020 - Update 1 - 11:20 AM

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

I hope everyone had a happy Easter and is healthy.  For the last three weeks, our teachers have been providing content and grade level specific instructional support activities for students.

While our main focus during this time of change and uncertainty in education has been making sure we are offering the best instructional support possible to all students, we know that as students have been submitting work that questions about grading procedures and final grade calculations for credit and promotion have come to the forefront. 


We are approaching grading moving forward in a way that we hope shows grace and understanding while still promoting the importance of quality academic work from students. 

While we are still working through some of these decisions, I wanted to share what we do know at this point.  We plan to begin posting numeric grades for the online assignments in Powerschool next week. All online work will be graded and be part of the sixth grading period for grades 3-12.  All grades for online learning during the sixth grading period will be weighted the same in the grade book. Our technology department is reprogramming the grade book and you will be able to see grades next week. There will be no semester exams at the middle school or high school this semester.  


For grades 3-12, I will be sending additional information out to parents about the fifth grading period and semester grade calculations in the coming weeks.  In addition, I will be sending out information about GPA and class rank once all decisions have been finalized. 


Primary school parents will be receiving the third grading period report card next week. This report card provides feedback on your student from January 7th through March 6th. This report card is the last feedback we have from when school was in session as normal. Information related to reporting progress during at home learning for primary school students will be coming in the next week.  

 

Please continue to help ensure your student completes the assigned work in as timely a manner as possible. These assignments are being graded and will be used to determine successful mastery of the TEKS for this semester.

 

Thank you again for your support during this time. Our goal continues to be "Quality over Quantity!" 

 

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have. 

 

Joe Kucera

Lorena ISD Superintendent

 

 

 

Dear Lorena ISD Families,

 

I hope everyone is well and healthy.  For the last two weeks, our teachers have been providing content and grade-level specific instructional support activities for students. The weekly outline has been as follows: Math instruction on Monday, Social Studies on Tuesday, English on Wednesday, Science on Thursday, and Foreign Language (HS) / Enrichment (PreK-8) on Friday. Assignments post at 6 am on the designated day and are due at 10 am on the following day.  It is my hope this has been a positive experience for everyone. If you are having any issues, I request you reach out to your campus principal for assistance. 

 

Starting Monday, April 13th, the high school will begin assigning content activities for electives.  

These assignments will be posted on Mondays and will be due the following Monday at 10:00 am.  Students earn credits at the high school, and we are beginning to incorporate electives to ensure all our high school students earn credit for the Spring semester for all classes.  No other campus will be incorporating required student work for electives at this time.  

 

Please continue to help ensure your student completes the assigned work in as timely a manner as possible. These assignments will be all we have to determine grades and successful mastery of the TEKS for this semester.

 

Don’t forget that our teachers are available to respond to questions from students during each school day, and if you need technical assistance - like student login information or other access issues - our technology helpline remains available. You can find the phone number or email address for tech help on our Instructional Support website

 

Thank you again for your support during this time. Our goal continues to be "Quality over Quantity!" 

 

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you have. We hope you have a blessed Easter weekend!

 

Joe Kucera

Lorena ISD Superintendent

 

 

 

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 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


 




Updated 5/7/2020    8:06 PM

 

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*


 

Is graduation on as scheduled?

 

Graduation has been rescheduled for June 5th at 8 pm at Leopard Stadium. Attendance will be limited in order for us to follow the required social distancing guidelines. Scroll down to read the 5/7/2020 Superintendent Update for more information.

 

Additionally, the counselors have put together this resource for many questions related to seniors and graduation.

 

 

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.

 

 

My student has dyslexia. Are there support resources available for them?

 

Our dyslexia specialists have put together these resources that we hope are beneficial.

 

 

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 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.
 
 

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