Dear MISD Families:
In an effort to keep you informed, we continue to monitor COVID-19 news and information. With our continued school building closure through April 3 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, we are preparing to deliver at-home learning until we return to school. Our teachers and staff are working on developing lessons and assignments that continue to engage students and help them reach their full potential. This at-home learning effort isn’t remedial - it will cover content that is outlined by the state. While this type of learning may be new to students, we had to make a district closure decision to protect our students, staff and community.
While all school and district buildings are closed until further notice, serving our students, families and community is of the utmost importance. Therefore, your child’s teachers, principals and counselors are available to assist you from 8 AM– 4 PM Monday through Friday.
Our facilities and maintenance staff will continue to deep clean all campuses. All campus events, field trips, student trips, employee travel and UIL practices and competitions are also canceled until further notice to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY LEARNING
The district has worked to put a learning plan in place during the building closure. Learning will continue at home beginning Monday, March 23. Students will participate in at-home learning for all levels. This will include online learning and hands-on activities that will be submitted online. Paper packets will be available by request for homes without internet through their teacher.
Parents may access their child’s daily learning schedule and assignment content beginning March 22nd, through SeeSaw, Canvas, and the district website at www.misd.gs/at-home-learning.
TECHNOLOGY DEVICES, STUDENT BELONGINGS, INTERNET ACCESS & SUPPORT
Teachers will take daily attendance through SeeSaw for PreK-3 and through Canvas for 4th through 12th grade. Students or parents will complete attendance verification each day. Attendance will be taken through the above listed online learning systems.
For students who do not have internet at home, we encourage you to reach out to Spectrum (ISP) to determine if you live in their service coverage area. They are currently offering FREE internet access to families of school-aged children. We continue to investigate additional options and will share that information with you as it becomes available.
If you opted out of a district-issued device this school year, parents may reserve a device by calling 469-300-4849. Devices are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis, so please call to reserve your device today.
INSTRUCTIONAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
To provide support while students are engaged with at-home instruction, MISD has a parent support hotline at 469-300-4849. This will open a ticket in our support system and get you to a MISD support representative. Our support team is available 7:30 a.m-5 pm Monday through Friday. After 5 p.m. or during the weekend, you may leave a voice message and a MISD support representative will contact you the next work day.
FREE BREAKFASTS & LUNCHES
We are committed to providing free breakfast and lunch for students. Free curbside pickup meals are available for students ages 18 and under Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m. Students can pick up both breakfast and lunch at one time. Beginning Monday, March 23, there will be a bus delivery service for these meals to the neighborhoods of Village South and Buffalo Hills from 9-11 a.m. and we will also have a grab-and-go station in the parking lot of Jenkins Day Care. Additionally, backpacks will be available each Friday for weekend meals for students who participate in the weekend backpack meal service. The curbside meal pickup is located at Vitovsky Elementary at 333 Church Street, Midlothian, TX 76065.
Due to the rapidly progressing situation, we are making changes based on current information from our health agencies. As you can imagine, we will all face many challenges and are incredibly grateful for your patience and understanding during this time. It is because of your support that we will continue to serve our community’s children.
We encourage you to continue checking email and MISD social media for breaking news and updates.