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Huntsville ISD will be offering Learning/Options Models for instruction this school year.
- In a letter to parents Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard said, “Parents will be able to choose the model of instruction that best suits your child’s individual needs and family situation. We are doing everything possible to balance safety, quality learning, and the individual needs of our students and parents. To be clear, we plan to offer ALL THREE MODELS simultaneously so you may choose what works best for you and your child.”
- Model A = Traditional: In-Person Face-to-Face Instruction in a Traditional School Setting with new health protocols such as social distancing, smaller class sizes, fewer large group interactions during the school day, face coverings as appropriate, etc. Best suited for students needing daily, face-to-face instruction from teachers to succeed in school, and parents who are unable to supervise or care for children during the school day. Available to students in all grade levels.
- Model B = Structured Online: Daily Online School following a set schedule for each course/subject with students logging in at specific times every school day, during traditional school hours. Synced to Model A with lessons & assignments following the exact same schedule as face-to-face students. Model B is only available to students in grade 3-12 per state regulations. Best suited for students needing daily scheduled instruction to succeed in school, and parents wishing to limit exposure due to health concerns who are also able to provide supervision in home for younger children during the school day.
- Model C = Unstructured/Flexible Online: Daily Online School with a flexible schedule featuring self-paced online courses with intermittent teacher instruction. Suitable for students with an ability to succeed in a less structured remote learning environment. More parental involvement will be required, especially for younger students. Parents wishing to limit exposure due to health concerns but unable to choose Model B may find this model suitable, especially because of the flexible schedule – giving working parents an opportunity to help students in the evenings. Available to students in all grade levels.
They are also awaiting more clarification for what’s ahead for Texas schools from the state. You can find more information on the District’s website huntsville-isd.org,
Tuesday, Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci and other doctors testified on COVID-19 and plans to reopen the U-S economy to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Dr. Fauci passed along a forecast on vaccine development . . . .
On Tuesday, Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin testified on the economy in regard to the Coronavirus response.
Secretary Mnuchin said, “America’s economy continues to recover from the challenges posed by the COVId-19 pandemic . . . .”
Since 1997, Hong Kong has been filled with protest marches annually since the handover of Hong Kong from the British to the Chinese. On Saturday, police rejected an application by the Civil Human Rights Front to hold a protest march. Many of the people of Hong Kong wish to march in protest to Beijing’s new national security law for the city which takes effect on July 1st.
At a House Republican news conference Tuesday in Washington, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy passed along a contrasting perspective on the situation here and there . . . .
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports as of Monday, June 29, at 3 PM, 452 active and recovered cases of coronavirus among regular county residents—that’s 279 active cases and 170 recovered. Note that there are 37 new community cases since the last report on June 26.
TDCJ reports that among offenders in the county 36 active cases and 1,606 recovered. Deceased 28.
The next community testing is July 8, 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. A valid ID is required at the test site. Registration begins 48 hours prior.
TDCJ’s COVID-19 Case Counts website reports as of Monday, June 29, among offenders statewide 1,013 active cases; 6,790 recovered; presumed COVID deceased 79 and 33 pending cause.
Among TDCJ employees statewide, there were 527 active cases; 928 recovered; presumed COVID deceased 8 and pending cause 0.
The City of Huntsville has a great event planned this weekend. Administrative Coordinator of Parks & Leisure, Kristy Wheeler, tells us all about it . . . .
Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently announced he has joined Parler.
Parler bills itself as “an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement.” They say their “content is moderated based off the FCC and The Supreme Court of the United States which enables free expression without violence and a lack of censorship.”
He passes along why he now turns to Parler for social media . . . .
The Willis City Council will meet by teleconferencing today at 5:30 PM.
They will hold a Citizens Inquiry with public comment. They will also have a Budget Workshop. In regard to Reports, there will be input from the Willis City Council related to issues for possible inclusion on future agendas; related issues such as, but not limited to, municipal projects, personnel, public property, development and other city and public business.
To find the teleconference link Ctrl click on www.ci.willis.tx.us then click on “Agendas & Minutes and then June 30th meeting.
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is seeking qualified applicants to serve on its advisory committees. Advisory committees serve the TVC by making recommendations and/or providing key information and materials to the Commission.
The Texas Veterans Commission has established the following three advisory committees which have member positions available:
Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) Advisory Committee
Veterans County Service Officer (VCSO) Advisory Committee
Veterans Services Advisory Committee
Learn more at www.tvc.texas.gov .