2020-2021 Plans For Re-Opening
July 7, 2020
Let me take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding steps that have been taken in order to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. The Texas Education Agency continues to work with the office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. We anticipate receiving public health planning guidance in the upcoming weeks. Like you, we are eager to learn of the guidelines and safety protocols that must be implemented. Again, we want to ensure you that the safety of our students and staff remains a top priority.
As was conveyed in our previous correspondence, we received word from TEA in late June that students will be able to choose between face-to-face instruction at school or at-home instruction. The Texas Education Agency has mandated more precise and rigorous guidelines for at-home instruction. At-home instruction will include daily lessons and checkpoints, along with support from Denison ISD, to ensure student engagement and progress. Daily attendance will be taken.
If you have not responded to the Denison ISD Parent/Guardian Survey, please take the time to do so. Our goal is 100% participation! The deadline for completing the survey is July 16 at 5:00 p.m. The initial survey can be accessed by clicking on the link at the close of this letter. We want to ensure parents that no answers on the survey are “set in stone.” We are merely using that data to inform our initial phase of planning. There will be a formal process in late July and early August for families to select at-home instruction.
Denison ISD has formed a Task Force that is charged with developing the district plan for the safe return to our campuses. Members include:
Dr. Henry Scott – Superintendent
Dr. David Kirkbride – Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Randy Reid – Assistant Superintendent
Mrs. Shonda Cannon – Director of Instruction
Mrs. Regina Prigge – Director of Special Programs and Assessment
Mrs. Rachael Ricker – Denison ISD Head Nurse
Mr. David Self – Director of Facilities
Mr. James Cottrell – Director of Custodians
Mr. Randy Taylor – Director of Transportation
The district plan will be posted to the Denison ISD website on July 27, 2020.
In addition to the District Task Force, each Principal is forming a Campus Task Force (comprised of a variety of stakeholders including teachers and parents) that will develop campus-specific COVID-19 protocols.
In closing, we want to make you aware of an additional survey that we need for you to complete. This is a brief survey that targets district transportation, as well as the availability of thermometers in our DISD homes. You can access this survey by clicking on the links below.
There is no doubt that the 2020-21 school year will be a year like no other. Now, more than ever, we will need to lean on our strong partnerships with parents. It will take all of us working together to ensure the continued success and safety of our students and staff.
Dr. Henry Scott
Superintendent, Denison Independent School District
COVID-19 DISTRICT INFORMATION
For the latest Denison ISD updates regarding the current COVID-19 status for our campuses, visit our information page for official notices. CLICK THE BUTTONS BELOW TO VISIT OUR INFORMATIONAL PAGES.
YELLOW JACKET FEEDING PROGRAM
Through July 31, 2020, Denison ISD will continue to serve Grab & Go Meals at the following locations:
Hyde Park Elementary - 1701 Hyde Park Street
B. McDaniel Intermediate - 400 Lillis Lane
Lamar Elementary - 1000 S. Fifth Avenue
Terrell Elementary - 230 W. Martin Luther King
In addition, we will begin meal delivery to certain areas of town where there are clustered residential areas. We are asking the community for help in identifying areas where meal delivery would be beneficial. Additional sites include:
Denison Housing Authority: 330 N 8th St (in parking lot by office)
Denison Housing Authority Tower Lane: 1000 N Armstrong (by maintenance building)
El Dorado mobile home estates: 5600 Texoma Parkway, Sherman
Sharon Circle mobile home estates: by Sharon Circle
Heritage Lakeview Apartments: 1816 N State Hwy 91
Parkdale Villas Apartments: 4100 Parkdale Avenue
Forest Park: Crawford Street
Moan mobile home estates: Smith Drive
Scott Middle School: by baseball field
Anyone 18 and under is welcome to participate in this free breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner program. All meals will be served simultaneously 10:00am – 12:30pm Monday through Friday which will allow families to pick up all meals at once, along with Saturday and Sunday meals going out with Friday meals.
Welcome to Hyde Park Elementary, home of the Tigers! My name is Becky Suther and I am excited to be the principal at Hyde Park Elementary. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and my Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lamar University. In July of 1999, my family and I moved to Weatherford, Texas where I began my career in education teaching 5th and 6th grade ELA and Social Studies. In 2003 I began working as a national teacher trainer and consultant for Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI), mainly during the summer so as not to interfere with my teaching job. In 2007 we moved to Shattuck, Oklahoma, my hometown, and I spent the next 3 years working full time for TCI. The last 10 years I drove across the state line and worked in a small rural town called Higgins, Texas as an elementary teacher and then principal. Throughout my career, I have served schools and students in many different roles: teacher, coach, interventionist, testing coordinator, RTI coordinator, and administrator. No matter the role, no matter the location, my primary goal is to support the school community and do what is best for children. I strongly view a collaborative environment as the key to a successful school.
My husband and I have 2 grown children who are married with children of their own and living in the Oklahoma City area. We also have 3 incredibly precious grandchildren: a 2 year old girl, a 13 month old boy, and a 5 month old girl. In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
I have wanted to settle in north central Texas, specifically the Texoma region, for many years and am thrilled to be in Denison! Everything I have learned about your district, Hyde Park Elementary, and the Denison community has further convinced me that I made the right choice. I look forward to getting to know each of you and learning about the rich traditions and history of Denison ISD and Hyde Park Elementary.
Mrs. Becky Suthers
Principal, Hyde Park Elementary
*POPS= Power Of Positive Students
**PRIDE= Prepared, Respectful, Integrity, Determined, Excellence in Everything
HeadStart 10:30 - 10:55
Kindergarten 10:55 - 11:20
First Grade 11:20 - 11:45
SLC 11:35 - 12:05
Second Grade 11:45 - 12:10
Third Grade 12:10 - 12:35
Fourth Grade 12:35 - 1:00
Due to CoVid Protocols, we will not be accepting visitors or deliveries during lunch.
7:30 Doors Open
North door/ East door assigned
7:45 Classrooms Open:
Breakfast served in classroom
8:00 Morning Announcements:
CCTV in each classroom
8:15 Instruction Begins
Individual class schedule
Car tag is necessary for pick up
HELP MAKE SCHOOL SAFETY A PRIORITY
If you or your student suspect or become aware of any students or adults in a school who are planning or acting in any unsafe way, please let us know.
Main Office: (903)462-7350
Head Start: (903)462-7339
Monday - Friday
7:45am - 4:00pm
(when school is in session)
Please call or e-mail when your child is sick and will not be attending school.