It is now official. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order closing all schools in Texas for the remainder of the year. What a strange situation to realize we will not be back together until August. Emotions will rise with this announcement. Please take care of yourself, your family and check in on your students again. You are doing amazing work, and our community will need it to continue for a while longer.
The next big question surrounds grading and promotion. Please remember that schools are physically closed but Remote Learning is still going through May 21. Students who stop working now are in danger of losing substantial ground academically and being unprepared to start school next year. This is a chance to improve, not regress. Our curriculum team has been working to develop guidelines beginning with the principal of “doing no harm” to students. You can view these guidelines here.