March 28, 2020
This week we embarked upon a new chapter in the way that we educate our Roadrunners. In response to the cancelation of classes through April 13th, we have shifted our focus to online learning opportunities for our students and families. While I know this situation can be overwhelming and something that most of us could not have imagined, we continue to draw on our great strength as a school community to support one another.
As I shared with our staff during our daily virtual staff meetings, we have built capacity over the years to support our student learning through a variety of online resources. Our teachers have engaged in flipped professional development and regularly utilize google classroom and other online platforms to provide a wide range of learning resources to our students across seven grade levels. This past week, we focused on reaching out to families to assess your levels of need, renew our relationships and let you all know that we are here to help. While there is a learning framework that was developed by AISD, our staff worked throughout their spring break and this past week to develop our own optional resources for your families. Whether it has been the daily Smore by Ms. Sileo to provide a framework for the day, the grade level resources shared by all of your teachers or the fantastic page developed by our special areas teachers, our team has gone to great lengths to support everyone’s learning.
We will continue to monitor the levels of need within our community and draw on our collective strength to assist one another in these unprecedented times. I continue to feel so fortunate to be a part of a school with such a strong spirit of collaboration and thank all of you for your kindness and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out about any ways we can be of assistance. We are here to help. Below I share some of the resources being utilized by our families as well as a message from Dr. Cruz.
Many of you have been taking advantage of the telemedicine services available through our district. One request that I have heard from our providers is that you have as much important information available when you call, including weight, temperature and pulse rate. We encourage all of you to use the Telemedicine for your children, except in cases of emergency. Please see the following website for more information https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/telehealth and visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus for the latest AISD updates.
Austin ISD’s school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is now offering teletherapy services to the entire Austin ISD community. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To schedule an appointment, visit vidaclinic.org/virtualvida or contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move into the weekend, we hope you will take a few moments to view a special message from our Austin ISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz. He has created a video to share information about continuous learning, let you know how #AISDproud he is of our staff and remind us all that we are in this together. Austin is often a leading example on many fronts and is resilient. The entire Austin community will make it through this crisis, together. We invite you to watch the video: https://youtu.be/z5BkuC9sDnY
Lastly, we have continued our Look for the Good project indefinitely as we navigate these times together. We have transferred our Gratitude Wall from the inaccessible halls of our school to an online forum for all to enjoy. I encourage all Roadrunners and their families to take advantage of this resource and share what you are grateful for today.
Have a safe and healthy weekend,
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School