Imperative Information for Highlands Families
Greetings. We trust all is going well, and you are safe and sound. Our prayers are with those who are affected directly by the virus in our community and so many who may be losing business or employment because of COVID-19.
Because circumstances are changing daily, we want to provide you with some important information and updates regarding our school.
First, we want to give a “shout out” to the teachers and principals. We are up to 99.9% of our student body online and ready to continue education. There is a large number of students already communicating and engaging with homework and assignments in our digital learning platform.
There have been many extra hours of work to provide a seamless educational process. If you are not getting assignments or teacher communication, please contact your teacher or principal, as others have already communicated with their teachers and are successfully learning online.
The second item deals with Governor DeSantis’s comment about grades not counting. His reference was to the state of Florida’s grading of individual schools, which relies on end-of-year assessments unique to public schools. Those assessments are concerning a school’s grade for state accreditation rather than individual students’ grades. For Highlands, school work done during this time of online education will be recorded and counted toward the state requirements for graduation or promotion to the next grade.
Third, Highlands will follow what the Governor said concerning schools continuing online education until April 15. Decisions beyond April 15 will be assessed as we get closer to that date. We are very intent on finishing this semester as strongly as we can. Our decisions will be based on how best to finish the year while maintaining integrity of grades and keeping all students and staff safe and healthy.
Our prayers are for you and your family’s health and prosperity.
If we can do anything for you and your family, please let us know.
Steven Lawrence, Ph.D.