Home Education Bridge - Letter to Parents (English) - March 20
Instruction in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, as we knew it, has been postponed through April 3, with the potential of not returning this school year. During this difficult time, Home Education Bridge has been developed to serve as the link between the district and our families as instruction has moved from school to home.
The focus of the lessons has been placed on the most important aspect of each subject. We are committed to presenting the most relevant content in the most concise manner. At this time of national emergency, we understand students may not have the ability to dedicate the normal amount of time to their classwork. Weekly time parameters have been established for each class with the understanding online learning will take longer than the delivery of face-to-face instruction.
Week 1 (March 23-27) will consist of activities that can be completed at home to reinforce learning from earlier this year, as well as a list of online resources that can be used for enrichment and exploration. This plan will be accessed by families through a link on the HEB ISD home page taking you to the Home Education Bridge site. For families without technology access, hard copies of the Week 1 activities will be available at campuses.
For families not using technology to access Home Education Bridge, Week 1 hard copy activities may be picked up at all campuses on Monday.
- Elementary families will be contacted by their campus with the Monday schedule for picking up hard copy packets.
- Secondary families will pick up packets at their campus between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. on Monday.
As we move into Week 2 (March 30 – April 3) and throughout the closure, students will continue with some review but will also move forward along the scope and sequence of each course or subject area. Home Education Bridge for students in Grades 9-12 (and 8th graders in HS credit courses) will require the use of technology. For these students who do not have a device at home they will be issued a ChromeBook from the district. More information to come on the distribution of ChromeBooks.
We are being very judicious about the activities we assign. Home Education Bridge is designed for assigned activities to be very strategic and targeted to the most important skills and knowledge. In addition, the myriad of supplemental resources found on Home Education Bridge gives students and families choice and flexibility in making the most of participation in learning at home. While we are accustomed to evaluating student work through the assignment of numeric grades, teachers will be using a Pass/Fail system for providing students with feedback on their learning.
What should I expect for my elementary student?
Students in grades PK-6 will be provided no more than 10 hours of Home Education Bridge per WEEK, that is differentiated based on content area according to the following per WEEK designation:
ELA – 4 hours; Math – 3 hours; Science – 1½ hour; Social Studies – 1½ hour
We will provide a schedule to families with ideas of how to structure a day of home learning. This schedule will include core content, and also infuse supplemental enrichment activities such as movement, art, music, etc. In addition, families will have access to Library resources through a link on Home Education Bridge, along with Curriculum Corner documents providing more ideas for Literacy, Math and Movement activities for students in K-2.
What does Home Education Bridge include for Junior High students?
Students in grades 7-9 will be provided no more than 10½ hours of Home Education Bridge per WEEK. Each class will consist of no more than 90 minutes of at-home activities per WEEK. Supplemental enrichment activities are available for students choosing to go beyond this time parameter.
What is expected for High School students during this time of closure?
Students in grades 10-12 will be provided no more than 10 hours of Home Education Bridge per WEEK. Each class will consist of no more than 2 hours of at-home activities per WEEK. Supplemental enrichment activities are available for students choosing to go beyond this time parameter.
Due to the rigor of the exams associated with our AP offerings, at-home activities for these courses may exceed the 2 hour per week parameter of other high school courses. As students prepare for AP testing, activities should include the College Board resources and may need to be adjusted as we learn more about the shift to at-home testing. (More details will be available from College Board by April 3.)
Due to the rigor of the internal assessments, extended essay, and examination papers associated with our IB program, at-home activities for these courses will likely exceed the 2 hour per week parameter of other high school courses.
Teacher Office Hours
All teachers will be available to contact via email from 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm Monday - Friday to answer questions, and provide other opportunities for students to receive feedback.
Home Education Bridge will be available beginning Monday morning, March 23rd, at 8:00 a.m. Visit www.hebisd.edu/HomeEducationBridge to access Home Education Bridge.