Huffman ISD began school online only Aug. 25. Remote learning will continue through Sept. 15.

Dr. Joel Nolte, superintendent for curriculum and instruction, told the Huffman ISD Board at its August meeting that the district is prepared for all types of instruction.

Nolte focused on the preventive measures being taken as kids returned for the school year, whether remote, face-to-face or extracurricular. All Huffman ISD students began the school year in a remote instructional setting to best address safety concerns from COVID-19 starting Aug. 25 and extending through at least Sept. 15, at which point, when students return to school, regardless of the exact date or capacity, there will be several policy changes and added safety measures.

“As students embark on this new frontier of online learning, they will be immersed in asynchronous training according to the students’ schedules if in K-2 or a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions with some live, virtual interaction from the 3-12th grade. Each student is required to login on a daily basis based on the attendance and assignments set forth by each teacher. All interactions will be carried out through a combination of Canvas LMS and Zoom, except any activities that cannot be delivered remotely. Attendance is expected and required. The district highly recommends that a parent or caretaker be available to assist their students as questions arise,” said Nolte.

Huffman Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau added, “Our teachers and staffers have all worked extremely hard to come up to speed on the new distance-learning technologies. I commend them for their hard work and diligence. In addition to our current workforce, we have already been training and working with our cleaning staff to ensure all touch points are cleaned each night or after key interactions. The buildings will be fogged by our staff unless a major outbreak occurs by where we would need to bring in an outside company to assist our team.

“As the students return to campus, each entrance will be equipped with a health station to monitor wellness and temperature, ensuring we are doing our very best to stop the spread and measure symptoms. All of these procedures and prevention will contain any threats and keep our teachers from needing extensively trained and costly subs and lessen any learning interruptions for all of our students,” said Soileau.

The board recognized Dr. Charles Bardwell on completion of Leadership TASB. Soileau said, “This is a high honor, not just for Dr. Bardwell, but also a big win for the district as well.”

The next board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

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