COVID-19 and School Related Updates

COVID-19 & School Related Updates

Updates from MISD & Lake Creek Admin Team


As Montgomery ISD & our Lake Creek High School Administrative Team work diligently to keep us informed, we will post their updates here to our Lake Creek PTO page as a source for your reference.



4/1/2020
The Montgomery ISD community must work together to fight COVID-19. Head to http://tea.texas.gov/staywell for vitally important public health guidance to stop the spread. If we stand apart as a community now, we will be together again soon.

MISD Family,
Though we are apart right now for our health and safety, we at Montgomery ISD continue to support each other as a community, and right now we must work together to fight COVID-19. In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Montgomery ISD will be reaching out to you via email, phone, text message, and social media over the next two weeks to share vitally important guidance.

This guidance is based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is our hope that you will do what you can to follow these practices and share them with your friends and family.

Thank you for all you are doing to educate your children at home and all the efforts you’re making to keep your family healthy and safe. We know this is a difficult time. If we stand apart as a community during this stretch and continue following the public health practices we will be sharing over the coming days, we will be back together soon.
Stay well!
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD


3/31/2020
MISD Family,
Following the Executive Order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 31, 2020, Montgomery ISD schools will remain closed until May 4. Remote instruction is occurring and the amazing MISD educators are reaching out and into the homes of our students every day. MISD is committed to staying connected with our families. Please visit the MISD website for remote learning resources and the links to communication tools for information that will assist you during this time. We will get through this together.
Stay well,
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD


3/26/2020
Good afternoon Lake Creek Families,
Dr. Rees notified us that Mr. Eaton's daughter shared he did test positive for the COVID-19 virus. For those of us following his progress on the Caring Bridge site https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/phileaton, we know to keep him in our thoughts and prayers. There is not anything his family needs at this time. We realize this pandemic has impacted our community significantly and seems to change daily. Please know we are here for your students. We are committed to providing the best remote learning experience possible. Our Administrators, Counselors, and Teachers have stepped up to ensure we are implementing this new model in way that will make Mr. Eaton proud. I included Dr. Rees' email below to better keep you informed.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Lake Creek H.S. Team
Sincerely,
Bill Tommaney
Associate Principal
Lake Creek High School


MISD Family,
Montgomery ISD was made aware this afternoon through his daughter's Caring Bridge post, that Lake Creek High School Principal Phil Eaton has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment. Mr. Eaton’s last contact with the LCHS community was on Friday, March 6, 2020. While Mr. Eaton has not been in contact with the LCHS community for twenty days, we encourage anyone who is currently exhibiting symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath to seek medical attention or contact your primary care physician. The current recommendation from the CDC is still that the majority of people who contract this illness can recover at home. We ask the Montgomery ISD community to keep Mr. Eaton and his family in your thoughts & prayers during this difficult time and continue to respect the privacy of Mr. Eaton and his family.

Please stay safe, practice social distancing, and together we will get through this pandemic!
Sincerely,
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD


3/24/2020
For assistance with Remote Learning for students, including resetting passwords for Office 365 and Google Classroom, click here for helpful Remote Learning info.

3/23/2019
The School Day SAT for Wednesday, March 25 has been canceled. We are tentatively scheduled to give it on Tuesday, April 28 pending approval from CollegeBoard. If anything changes, we will let you know. There is nothing you need to do to change your registration. If you are receiving this email, you will be eligible to take the School Day SAT on April 28.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Tiger (kristin.tiger@misd.org).

3/23/2020
Hello Lion Family,
As your spring break comes to an end, we wanted to give you some updates about our school and how we will be meeting the needs of our students through remote learning. As you may already know, all MISD campuses and departments are closed through April 10, 2020 with students returning to campus on April 13. Please know that these dates may change as our district and community respond to COVID-19.

MISD will move to a remote/distance learning model for our students while our campuses are closed. This will include assignments and activities that students can complete at home, either online or on paper. Many of our students are used to completing assignments and activities online and are well-prepared to continue that during the coming weeks. Please take the time to complete the home technology survey that was sent out by Dr. Rees earlier in the week.

We will begin the transition from classroom instruction to remote learning instruction on Wednesday, March 25th. Beginning Wednesday your student’s teachers will begin posting instruction to their websites for your student’s classes. Your student should have no more than 2 hours of instruction per week for each core course (English, Math, Science and Social Studies) and 1 hour per week for all other courses. Advanced, AP, and Dual Credit courses may require more time to complete assignments. MISD grading guidelines will be suspended during this period of remote learning. More information about grading guidelines is forthcoming. Our teachers are dedicated to doing everything they can to guide your children through the material. The Texas Education Agency has canceled STAAR End of Course testing requirements for this year.

Many of our plans will consist of online/electronic learning platforms and activities. However, we are aware that not everyone has access to technology and/or internet. If your family would prefer a paper/pencil method of instruction, please communicate that to your child's teacher, so we can make accommodations for you.

We want to ensure you received the district communication notifying parents that Montgomery ISD will provide free meals for all community children 18 and under beginning March 23, 2020, from 8:30 am -11:30 am. The details are outlined below.
Location: Lincoln Elementary - 700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Montgomery, Texas 77356
Cars will need to pull up through the front entrance of Lincoln Elementary and proceed through the bus drop-off area. For the safety of everyone, please remain in your car. Food will be delivered to you curbside.
All children 18 and under will eat free but children MUST be present in the car.
Each child may receive one breakfast and one lunch per day.

Thank you in advance for your continued support, patience and, flexibility. There is no doubt this will be a learning process for each of us. Please help us successfully navigate the road ahead by communicating your family's needs with your child's teacher as we progress through this alternative delivery of instruction. As always, we will post updated information on the LCHS website and communicate with you via email.
We are here to help and support our Lions any way we can.
Sincerely,
The LCHS Admin Team

3/22/2020
Good evening LCHS Family,
As you may have seen from Dr. Rees's recent email, an individual associated with LCHS has tested positive for COVID-19. Privacy laws prevent the release of this individual's information. Please rest assured that experts at the county health dept will contact anyone they believe needs to be contacted. Additionally, we will contact you to let you know if the health department has requested your family's information. Please reach out to LCHS Administration or the county health department if you have any questions.
LCHS Admin Team

3/22/2020
Dear Parents of MISD Students:
I trust this email finds you and your family well and enjoying your last Sunday evening of Spring Break! On behalf of the MISD School Board and our entire Staff, I want to thank you for your continued support as we start our remote learning journey together this week. It will be a new adventure for all of us, so don't stress over it too much! We realize you are not teachers and we simply want to provide you and your student learning options and opportunities for them to continue their education during this strange hiatus. We will continue to perfect this new instructional model over the next few weeks as we learn and grow together. So, please be watching for important information this week from your child's teachers and principal. Also, if there is anything we can do to help you and your family during this pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

With the increased availability of testing for COVID-19, Montgomery ISD officials continue to learn of confirmed cases within our school community, including individuals associated with Lake Creek High School and one MISD transportation department bus route transporting students to/from Keenan Elementary. The Montgomery County Health Department has already contacted individuals who they determined may have been at a higher risk of being exposed to individuals with confirmed cases. Montgomery ISD will continue to cooperate with state and local officials in providing information necessary to contact individuals who may have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. MISD is relying on the expertise of the Health Department and their epidemiologists in making the determination as to who may have been exposed and is not interfering with the Health Department’s identification and notification process. If you do not receive a call from the Health Department, you or your child are not currently identified by the Health Department as having a high risk of exposure from a known case. As the virus continues its spread nationwide, we encourage you to be vigilant in following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing and hygiene recommendations. Please visit the Montgomery County Health District, Texas State Department of Health Services, and the CDC websites for information on how to seek treatment for yourself or a loved one who may become ill and when to contact a healthcare provider.

Thank you for being awesome, caring, and compassionate parents! Please continue to stick together, support one another, and most importantly take care of yourself and your family during this unprecedented time in our Nation's history.
Sincerely,
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD

3/21/2020
Montgomery ISD Staff and Parents,
With the increased availability of testing for COVID-19, Montgomery ISD continues to learn of confirmed COVID-19 cases within our school community. We are working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Montgomery County Public Health District (MCPHD) and are following their recommendations and protocols. Out of respect for the privacy of the individuals involved, MISD will not be releasing names or details about every known case in the school community that is reported to us. MISD is continuing to cooperate with our local health officials and will provide any information necessary for the Health Department to directly contact individuals who were at a greater risk of exposure to a person with a confirmed case. We encourage our community to continue to be vigilant in following the CDC’s social distancing and hygiene recommendations.
Sincerely,
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD

3/20/2020
MISD Family,
Montgomery ISD is aware that Lake Creek High School Principal Phil Eaton has been hospitalized. According to Mr. Eaton’s family, he has been tested for COVID-19 but has not received test results at this time. Mr. Eaton’s last contact with the LCHS community was on March 6, 2020 at the regional basketball game. If you had close contact with Mr. Eaton at that event and have exhibited symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your healthcare provider if symptoms become severe. The current recommendation from the CDC is that the majority of people who contract this illness can recover at home. We ask that the Montgomery ISD community keep Mr. Eaton in your thoughts during this difficult time and continue to respect the privacy of Mr. Eaton and his family.

Please stay safe, practice social distancing, and we will get through this pandemic together!
Sincerely,
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD

3/18/2020
MISD Parent:
On behalf of the MISD Board of Trustees and the entire Montgomery ISD Staff, thank you in advance for your support and commitment to our children, our community, and to one another. We are walking through uncharted territory with the Corona virus, and we want to make sure parents are informed of how we intend to As promised, we will always make decisions based on what is best for kids. As you know, we have made the difficult decision to close schools through April 10th with a plan to re-evaluate on April 6th. First day for students to report back will be Monday, April 13th.

Montgomery ISD intends to offer instructional opportunities for students during this hiatus from normal operations. We realize this is a substantial change in how your child has been instructed. We are exploring online learning opportunities, but will also provide traditional (pencil and paper) lessons. Our goal is to provide choices and options to better meet the needs of all our learners. To help us create learning opportunities for your child while they are at home, we need to better understand the type of Internet access and connectivity our students have at home. Please click on the link below. It will take you to a brief survey. We ask that you complete the survey to help the school district better understand connectivity and/or computing issues that could potentially hinder online learning options. Again, we realize that "one size does not fit all" and want to be able to tailor our instruction options to the needs of all students. Thank you in advance for completing this survey before noon on Friday, March 17th.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=aNXioP38pUiOvteAor6fEImi0qrU-SFPuy0t6YL1d71UNDc2ODdPM0QyRUtHMFg1NkpWNDdZNkpNQy4u

There is a lot to iron out but there is one thing that is certain, Montgomery ISD has tremendously talented teachers and educators who are up for the challenge of providing your child a world class education while they are home due to the corona virus, COVID-19 pandemic. In MISD, the innovative spirit is alive and well and the collective expectation is that learning continues for all of our children. Texas Education Agency has communicated to school districts that if a district provides learning opportunities for students (online or through other measures including pencil and paper) while school is cancelled due to the pandemic, a district will be allowed to apply for a waiver of the minutes of instruction and the students will NOT have to make up all of the days missed. With all of us working together, we can provide our students resources to support their learning any time, any place, and at any pace. There are challenges, and we will take the next few days to work through those issues. We will be in touch soon with next steps on how to begin our at home learning journey together.

Take care of yourself, your family and before you know it, we will have our schools bustling with children and adults again.
Stay well, be safe, and have some fun this week on spring break!
Sincerely,
Beau Rees
Superintendent of Schools
Montgomery ISD


3/17/2020
The MISD Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to discuss the district's response to corona virus, COVID-19 pandemic.
*The Board took action to create a school based nutrition program for all community children ages 18 and under to provide meals to our students during the corona virus pandemic.
*The Board took action to ensure all MISD employees receive their regular monthly paycheck and all benefits continue while schools are closed during the pandemic.
*The Board took action to allow the school calendar to be altered as necessary due to the emergency closure and provide the flexibility regarding employee leave for any employee who is quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
*The Board also directed the administration to apply for any/all waivers from the Texas Education Agency regarding missed instructional days/hours/minutes and low attendance.
*The Board took action to ensure funds were allocated to continue to provide additional deep cleaning and sterilization of all school campuses, facilities and buses.
**A LINK TO THE RECORDED BROADCAST CAN BE FOUND ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND MISD WEBSITE.**

3/16/2020
Please read the attached letter from MISD Superintendent Dr. Beau Rees regarding the most recent, updated information about MISD school closures through April 10. Stay tuned in the days to come as MISD will provide more information about home instruction resources for our students.
~The MISD Communications Team


3/11/2020
Dr. Rees addresses the Montgomery ISD community regarding the district's response to the first presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 virus in our area. Watch Dr. Rees' video here.