Posted Date: 10/08/2020
COPPERAS COVE, TX (September 30, 2020)—Williams/Ledger Elementary Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator Doreen Vasseur checked her long list students who returned from at-home learning to continue their academic studies face-to-face on campus on Tuesday as she cranked out their student identification badges.
Parents had the opportunity to change their learning preference at the end of the first six grading period that wrapped up on Sept. 25. While a handful switched to the at-home option with hot spots and laptops provided by the school district, nearly 800 students made the change to be back in the classroom on school campuses.
At Williams/Ledger Elementary, virtual teachers in kindergarten, first and second grades returned to on-campus teaching to provide for the influx of students who now prefer a face-to-face academic option.
“Our teachers and staff worked hard to prepare for the return of approximately 90 students, who returned to campus after completing virtual learning for the first 6 weeks of school. Virtual teachers continue to provide virtual instruction and support so all students can be successful,” Principal Lori Hensley said. “The office staff was busy making smart tags for all the new children to be used for the bus, lunches, library books, and school arrival. The office was also busy checking in all the Ipads that the parents were returning because they no longer needed them. There is more that goes into ‘Ok, I am sending my child back to school…’ than you may think.”
Hensley said the custodial staff remains committed to regular cleaning and disinfecting of common and high traffic areas, while teachers regularly review proper preventative practices with students such as frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, and wearing face coverings.
The CCISD Child Nutrition Department also adjusted its meal service of providing meals both on-campus in the classrooms and the cafeterias and curbside for at-home learners. As hundreds of virtual students shifted back on campus, cafeteria staff also adjusted to continue to meet the nutritional needs of students. CCISD now offers both breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students resulting from a change in USDA regulations.
Parent John Modde, father of two first graders and a second grader, changed his students’ learning option from at-home to on-campus.
“Initially, we decided not to send our kids (on-campus) due to one of them being high-risk due to asthma,” Modde said. “After observing CDC and global health updates with COVID, we felt much safer for the three to return.
“The safety of our children was our biggest concern. However, with both parents working full-time jobs, it was very challenging to dedicate proper time for their growth and development. Health is a leading factor, but their future and proper education is very important as well.”