• March 27, 2020

     

    Dear SCUC Parent/Guardian:

     

    It has been a big week in SCUC ISD with the standing up of our Remote Learning Plan.  I would take this space to give you an update on where we are as a district and community in several key areas.

    School Closure Extended through April 24, 2020

    On Tuesday, Bexar County superintendents met virtually to review information surrounding Covid 19 and determine if we would be returning to normal operations after the Governor’s school closing ends on April 9th.  Based on what we were seeing with the spread of the virus and local counties and cities increasing the social distancing in the greater San Antonio area, we believed that we could not resume classes in a couple of weeks.  

    The superintendents discussed several dates and ultimately landed on extending the closure of schools through Friday, April 24, 2020.  This amounted to one additional month of closure, and if we can come back after that, one month of regular school before summer.

    SCUC Remote Learning Plan Kicks Off

    I would like to begin by thanking you, our parents, for working with us to make this rapidly developed and deployed Remote Learning Plan (English, Spanish) successful. We have had three days of remote instruction under our belts, and our teachers, parents and students have learned a great deal about online and remote learning.  We all recognize that it is difficult interacting with the technology, and sometimes as parents we lack the resources or struggle with our ability to help our kids.   

    Some of the initial feedback that we have received from parents centers around the variation in academic rigor and student expectations among teachers and campuses.  Our plan calls for assignments to go out on Monday and be completed by Sunday. Video instruction must be presented so that students may watch that video or complete that assignment on their schedule (Northeast Lakeview Dual Credit classes are one exception).  We knew there would be bumps in the road and areas we would need to improve. This is one of the first ones.

    Chromebook and iPad Deployment

    We have received many requests for student devices, and the Student Device Home Survey will close Sunday, March 29th at 5:00 p.m. We are prioritizing requests by need with first priority for families who have no devices for their children to use for remote learning. With a limited number of devices available, we are working to meet as many needs as possible as we process the requests. 

    If we are able to provide a device for your family, you will receive an email from studentdevices@scuc.txed.net with a link to the On Site Agreement and Device Pickup Preference form. The email could go to your spam or junk folders instead of your inbox, so please check those. If you do not receive an email from us, we regret that we are unable to provide a device for your family at this time. If you need assistance with your device or have questions regarding the technology, please email scucstudenthelp@scuc.txed.net.

    Grading Guidelines for Remote Learning

    Now that our Remote Learning Plan has begun, SCUC must determine how the grades earned during remote instruction will be calculated and used in our system. Our guidelines will address how grades will be reported and used with parents, and the impact that grades during remote instruction will have on earning course credit and the calculation of grade point averages.  We are almost finished with our guidelines and anticipate sharing them with parents next week. After their release, the grading guidelines will remain available on our Covid 19 webpage.

    Graduation and other Spring Senior and High School Activities

    District and high school administrators held our first meeting on Thursday related to high school events in light of the ongoing school closure.  At this time no events have been cancelled.  Below is an update on most of our spring activities.  For ease of communication, we will use three labels: On, Rescheduled, Cancelled to monitor our progress.

    Graduation Commencement Exercises (On).  The two venues serving our three high schools are all still holding reservations for our graduations.  The current schedule is

    • Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center - May 26, 2020 - Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University
    • Samuel Clemens High School - May 29, 2020 - Freeman Coliseum
    • Byron P. Steele High School - May 28, 2020 - Freeman Coliseum

    If we are not back in school by graduation and/or the venues cancel our reservations, we are looking at other options including moving graduation dates to later in the summer.  Should that become an option, we will communicate that information as soon as possible to accommodate travel arrangements for families.

    Prom (Rescheduled).  Both comprehensive high schools have rescheduled their proms.

    • Steele HS Prom - was March 28th, is now May 16th (Alzafar Shrine)
    • Clemens HS Prom - was May 2nd, is now May 15th (Alzafar Shrine)

     

    Honors Night (On).  These academic awards ceremonies take place in each high school’s auditorium.

    • Clemens HS Honors Night - Monday, May 11th
    • Steele HS Honors Night - Monday, May 18th

     

    Decision Day (Rescheduled).  Decision Day honors SCUC seniors who choose to share commitments to college, technical schools or military branch enlistments. These take place in each high school’s auditorium.

    • Both comprehensive high schools have moved decision day to Friday, May 8, 2020

     

    Top 20 Senior Breakfast (Rescheduled).  Breakfast honoring the 20 graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages at each high school.

    • Steele HS Top 20 Breakfast - was April 22nd, is now May 13th (Marion Dolford Learning Center)
    • Clemens HS Top 20 Breakfast - was April 29th, is now May 13th (Clemens HS)

     

    Elephant Walks (On).  Seniors wearing their caps and gowns visit and parade through elementary schools

     

    • Both comprehensive high schools are having Elephant Walk on Friday, May 22, 2020

     

    As with everything surrounding this virus, school closures and community activities remain a very fluid situation.  District and campus staff will continue to meet, looking at options for dates and venues, and possible alternate celebrations as a last resort.

     

    Once again, I appreciate the support of the SCUC family and community during these unforeseen times.  The true measure of a community is how we rally together when facing obstacles.   

    Stay safe, stay strong, stay together!



    Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Schools