Back to School 2020

Status Summary

  • Updated 11/19/2020

    Learning Format All schools 100% Online Learning from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11. On Monday, Dec. 14, scholars will resume school with their 2nd quarter learning option – either in-person, virtual, or hybrid.
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    Academic Calendars

    School starts on Monday August 10th for all Uplift scholars with a 100% virtual learning environment. School will end on June 7, 2021.

    We will continue to have early dismissal days on Wednesday.

    View the parent academic calendars.

    After School Care

    We have been working with our aftercare providers on options for this school year. Our plan currently is to offer aftercare. Because each campus has a different aftercare provider, our school leaders will share aftercare details for their specific campus in the next few weeks. Afterschool care is not provided during 100% virtual learning situations.

    Attendance

    Attendance is mandatory regardless of the learning model chosen. 

    Scholars will need to log in to Schoology every day starting today to be counted for attendance. If a scholar does not have access to a computer or smartphone, attendance can be confirmed the week of August 10th by contacting your scholar’s teacher.

    1. Log into classlink
    2. Click on schoology
    3. Click on SLA
    4. Click on Daily task and complete
    5. Trouble logging in or technical issues, don’t worry!  Email edtech@uplfiteducation.org

    For any missed days, your scholar would work with their teacher(s) the same way they would if they missed a day while attending in-person school to make up the missed work.

    Bathroom Breaks

    Each Uplift campus will determine its own restroom breaks and usage procedures that will work best for scholars who select in-person and hybrid learning options. Campus leadership will consider several important factors, including the number of scholars on campus, school building layouts, scholar class schedules, and the ages and grades of the scholars in attendance.

    Car Line: Arrival and Departure Procedures

    Uplift “Temperature & Symptom Check Teams” will help facilitate the carline process to ensure scholars and families remain safe during arrival/dismissal. Signage will direct drivers where to go once they arrive to campus. There will be a designated area to screen scholars arriving on foot.

    Let's Be Safe

    We ask that scholars arriving via carline remain in their vehicles while the Temperature & Symptom Check process takes place. A team member will help you through the process. Scholars can expect the following:

    1. Temperature checks – scholars registering a temperature over 100⁰F may not proceed to school
    2. Health screen survey – drivers will be asked if their scholars have experienced COVID-19 symptoms. Team members will also visually assess your scholar for symptoms.
    3. Face covering check – scholars will receive cotton masks from Uplift on the first day of summer school. Disposable masks are available thereafter if a scholar forgets his/her mask.
    4. Hand sanitizer station – scholars who ‘pass’ may proceed inside after sanitizing hands.

    Symptom Sign Checklist

    Have you had any of these symptoms over the last 24 hours?

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficult breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeling feverish?
    • A measured temperature 100 degrees or higher?

    Has your child received fever reducing medicine in the last 24 hours?

    YES / NO

    Do you have a close contact or member of your household confirmed to have covid-19?

    YES / NO

    Result

    Criteria

    Next Steps

    FAIL

    A scholar FAILS the screen when they…

    • Have any of the listed symptoms
    • Register a temperature >100⁰F
    • Share a vehicle with another scholar who fails the health screen (even if the first scholar passes screen)

    Inform the parent/guardian or driver that the scholar may not proceed to school today; send the scholar home

    PASS

    A scholar PASSES the screen when they…

    • Pass all phases (symptom checklist, temperature check, visual symptom check)

    Confirm the scholar is wearing a mask, direct them to the campus entrance, have the scholar hand sanitize and enter

    End of Day / Scholar Dismissal

    Classrooms will dismiss in a staggered approach to avoid overcrowded hallways. At the carline pick-up area, teachers will remain with their assigned class cohort, enforce proper distancing, and escort scholars to their vehicles.

    Daily/Weekly Schedules

    During periods of 100% virtual learning, scholars will have “live” online instruction from their teacher from 8am-noon each day and then will have time in the afternoon for lunch, recess/ screen break, and independent assignments.  Attendance will be taken and grades will be assigned.  We expect your scholar to attend “virtual school” every day for the full “live” online instruction period.

    See the Learning Models section for schedule details of our 3 standard learning models – in-person, virtual and hybrid.

    See the Full Daily Schedules

    Extra-curricular Activities

    Sports decisions will be based on final guidance from UIL and the Charter League, which has not yet been determined. No sports will be allowed during the virtual learning period to start the year. Gatherings, such as for after school programs, will also not be allowed to start the year.

    Health and Safety Protocols, PPE

    Remember the 4 S's

    In addition to preparing for a strong virtual-only start to the school year, we are diligently preparing for scholars to return to campuses as soon as public schools are allowed to open for in-person instruction. Below are the health and safety measures you can expect on campus when in-person instruction resumes. Thank you for your partnership in keeping health and safety top priority!

    Stopping the Spread: All staff and scholars will wear masks on campus to protect one another. Staff and scholars will also be screened through a quick symptom and temperature check before entering the building each day. For arriving scholars, a campus team member will come to your vehicle to assist you with a touch-free symptom questionnaire and temperature check, and to confirm that arriving scholars have an appropriate face covering. Once cleared, scholars will be able to enter the building, clean their hands at a hand sanitizer station, and start their school day!

    Social Distancing: All classrooms and spaces have been arranged to maintain 6 feet of social distance between scholar desks. Staff and scholars will also remain 6’ apart when moving throughout campus. In accordance with local and state requirements, large group gatherings will not be held on campuses. However, we are excited to find new ways to connect with parents and celebrate our scholars!

    Sanitizing: Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout our buildings for staff and scholars to use. Additionally, classrooms will be equipped with disinfecting wipes to wipe down surfaces throughout the day. Extra measures will also be taken to sanitize surfaces after school each day when our facilities are deep cleaned.

    If you child has a medical condition that would make it inappropriate for them to wear a mask, then they would be exempt from wearing a mask at school. You would provide documentation from your doctor to your school leader.

    Read our full Health and Safety Procedures

    Immunizations

    Coming soon.

    Learning Models

    Though this school year will begin in a 100% virtual format for all scholars, Uplift has devised three different learning model options for scholars and families to choose from once in-person instruction is allowed to resume. The three options are:

    • 100% in-person instruction
    • 100% remote (virtual) instruction
    • Hybrid (2 days/week in person, 3 days/week virtual).

    Learn more about the learning model options:

    The Fall 2020 Learning Options were developed in adherence to TEA Guidelines regarding attendance and enrollment. In planning for the school year, we intentionally designed learning models that would allow us to move between in-person and remote options quickly and easily if needed.

    Your scholar’s learning mode choice can only be changed after the grading quarter, except in extenuating circumstances.

    All models will provide the same quality, International Baccalaureate, education for our scholars.

    Families will be asked to let us know which learning option they are choosing two weeks before we transition back in-person

    Lockers

    Scholars will likely not have a need for their lockers as we are putting them in “pods” or cohorts of scholars, and they will be staying in the same classroom for most of the day. Scholars can keep their personal belongings in that classroom.

    Lunch and Breakfast

    We hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving break! For the two weeks following the holiday, starting on Monday, November 30 and continuing until Friday, December 11, we are offering our curbside meal pick up time from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. We will be offering breakfast and lunch during that 2-hour window every weekday.

    Locations are listed below:

    Schedule for November 30 – December 11

    Meal Sites

    Fedding Addt'l Scholars From:

    Day

    Time

    Uplift Ascend

    Elevate, Mighty, Meridian

    Monday – Friday

    10:30pm – 12:30pm

    Uplift Hampton

    Gradus, Wisdom, Pinnacle

    Monday – Friday

    10:30pm – 12:30pm

    Uplift Peak

    Peak, Luna P, Luna S, WRH

    Monday – Friday

    10:30pm – 12:30pm

    Uplift Summit

    Grand, Infinity

    Monday – Friday

    10:30pm – 12:30pm

    Uplift Williams

    Triumph, Heights P, Heights S, North Hills

    Monday – Friday

    10:30pm – 12:30pm

    New Families

    New families to Uplift should complete their enrollment, including submitting all necessary documents, as soon as possible. For details on completing enrollment and preparing for school, visit www.uplifteducation.org/newfamilies

    New families, please refer to the Quick Steps flyer (English & Spanish) to learn how you can get connected and ready for the 2020-21 school year.

    Nurses – Health Services

    Uplift Health Services staff will be available on campus during the school day. Nurses will continue to handle their normal duties (such as medication distribution) in addition to leading COVID-related response and care.

    Read full information on COVID-19 symptoms and how outbreaks will be handled.

    Parent Choice

    Parent have the choice to choose the learning model for their child – virtual, in-person, or hybrid. Learn more about the models under “Learning Models”. You are only selecting your scholar’s learning model for the first grading quarter which goes until October 8th. You will have a chance to keep or change your selections for each grading quarter (9 weeks)

    Under extenuating circumstances (e.g., illness, change in work environment) parents should reach out to their campus leader if they need their scholars to switch from one learning model to another.

    Although an initial survey has been conducted, we will be conducting another survey two weeks before we transition back in-person so families can let us know which learning option they choose.

    Pre-K

    All Pre-K scholars will have the same learning options as other Uplift scholars, including a full virtual option.

    Recess & Brain Breaks

    While playgrounds will remain off-limits, recess and “brain breaks” will be incorporated into daily activities to give scholars a chance for physical activity during the school day.

    School Supplies

    Coming soon.

    Social & Emotional Health

    Coming soon.

    Specials

    We will continue to provide Spanish class. PE will look different than it traditionally does to maintain safe learning environments. We are creating ways to build regular movement into our in-person classes to help scholars stay active. Other electives will be offered, and in certain grade levels, may not take place at the same frequency as our historical model because we are limiting scholar movement in our buildings for those in-person and want to minimize screen time for scholars learning remotely.

    SPED and 504 Services

    Section 504

    Uplift Education will continue providing high quality virtual Section 504 accommodations and services to the best extent possible. In addition, MTA Instructors will be planning rigorous instructional lessons for eligible scholars participating in our standard dyslexia program known as Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) while using both synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods.

    Special Education

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) established laws to ensure scholars with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education with the assistance of services that meet their individual needs. This applies in all settings and learning platforms, including in-person, virtual or hybrid models of learning.

    If the school is closed but continues to provide educational opportunities virtually to the general scholar population during the closure (e.g., Remote Learning), the school must ensure that scholars with disabilities also have access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE). The school must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each scholar with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the scholar's individualized education program (IEP).

    General Special Education Guidance

    • Special education instructional and related services will be provided in accordance with the ARD/IEP either virtually or face-to-face.
    • Scholars with disabilities will follow all Uplift Education safety guidelines and protocols with special consideration given to meet their individual needs.

    To minimize potential exposure to our most vulnerable scholars, Uplift Education will:

    • Focus on social distancing, handwashing with warm water or hand sanitizer for 20 seconds every hour and wearing masks.
    • Require masks when social distancing is not possible.
    • Post visual supports throughout building to remind and support understanding of expectations.
    • Keep each scholar’s belongings separated using scholar designated containers or areas.
    • Minimize sharing of high-touch materials (e.g., assign each scholar their own device/materials for the day when possible).
    • Sanitize all used materials daily.
    • Utilize protective barriers as appropriate.
    • Utilize grouping and scheduling strategies to reduce exposure.

    Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Meetings

    Requirements related to the legal timelines for initial and annual ARD meetings still apply. ARD meetings will continue to meet virtually until further notice; however, all required members must be in attendance.

    Provision of Special Education and Related Services

    The provision of special education and related services (Speech, OT, PT, etc.) during an emergency closure may occur via video conferences, telephone calls, homework packets, internet-based lessons, or other distance-based learning approaches.

    Meeting IEP Service Recommendations in a Remote Setting

    Uplift Education is committed to meeting the unique needs of scholars with disabilities by ensuring that ARD/IEP Committees convene as needed to discuss needs, review progress, and make individualized recommendations for our scholars.

    Safety Guidelines for Face to Face Instruction

    Special education services are oftentimes delivered in a small group setting with hands-on support. Special education teachers and service providers will take care to reduce any unintentional exposure by:

    • Creating individual instructional resource kits for each scholar
    • Laminate supplemental aids so they can be easily cleaned and reused
    • Adhere to district guidelines regarding number of scholars and staff in a specific location at any given time
    • Facilitating safe small group activities
    • Adhere to social distancing requirements
    • Ensure sanitization of space before and after each small group
    • Use dividers if scholars need to work in close proximity to complete activities
    • Wear appropriate face covering at all times during small group instruction
    • Supervising transitions
    • Enforce social distancing of scholars in hallways and other common areas
    • Provide visual supports or schedules that highlight social distancing when transitioning between classrooms or activities

    Special Education Evaluations

    If the school remains open on a virtual basis (e.g., Remote Learning), the legal timeline requirements for Special Education evaluations apply. In situations in which school is closed and not in session (no remote learning), evaluation timelines halt as these days are not considered school days.

    Special Education Parent Notification- SB 139

    In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the notice “Updates in Special Education” to all parents. You may access these notices on our Special Education page. Please contact your child's school for more information.

    Technology/Chromebooks

    We are providing a chromebook to any scholar who requests one, regardless of “learning environment” choice.  If a parent still needs a computer, they should reach out to their school and request a computer. 

    Testing

    We are still figuring out what our testing protocols will be for our 100% remote learning environment, but we will be conducting our Common Assessments, Course Tests, and MAP tests. We expect scholars to do those tests independently.

    The State has shared that STAAR testing will be given this Spring. We have not seen guidance yet from the State on what STAAR testing processes will look like for remote learners.

    Textbooks

    For our reading/literacy classes, parents will have the ability to pick up books for their child to support any “novel studies” the class is doing if the child is learning remotely. For textbooks, we will be providing many of those resources online and for those that we cannot, we will offer a paper-based option. For example, Uplift purchased Kognity (online IB DP textbook application) last year that has the IB high school textbooks and curriculum materials on it.

    Uniforms

    Scholars who are learning 100% remotely do not have to wear a uniform. For scholars who are learning under the hybrid or in-person model, they will need to wear a uniform on the days they come to school in-person. Uniform guidelines can be found on your school’s website under the Families & Scholars page.

    Visitors & Volunteers

    All campus visitors must follow the same safety protocols as Uplift staff and scholars, including face coverings and health screens. To ensure the safety of all staff and scholars, all parents, guardians, and visitors should schedule an appointment prior to entering Uplift buildings.

    1. Parents or guardians of scholars receiving in-person instruction will not be permitted to eat lunch with scholars or enter classrooms until further notice
    2. Group gatherings at schools will be limited in accordance with state and city requirements and must follow health and social distancing guidelines

    Water Fountains

    As a shared-use feature, water fountains are a potentially high-risk area. Therefore, all water fountains have been turned off and covered up to prevent use. Scholars and staff are asked to bring their own water bottles. Disposable containers will be provided where possible.

Safely Forward - returning to in-person learning 2020