Parents and Students,
The plans are for Benjamin ISD to begin “At Home Learning” on Monday, March 30.
Obviously, we are all in unprecedented times as we deal with the situation we are in with
COVID-19. As we begin our alternative educational process, we ask that you, as parents
and students, assist us by ensuring that education continues in the most effective and
efficient way possible.
This will be a challenging time for teachers, parents, and students. It will take all of us
working together to make certain that education is taking place and that students are
continuing to learn. As you probably are aware of, the STAAR has been suspended for
the remainder of this school year. However, I want to emphasize that we continue to
have extremely high expectations for our students, and we want to ensure that the TEKS
are covered as thoroughly as possible.
As we begin the instructional continuity process, you will see that we will utilize a
combination of paper packets and online learning. Some teachers will implement online
learning, while others will use only paper packets. Still others may use a combination of
the two. It will be imperative that students check their email regularly, if they have an
account, for the online learning process. If they do not have an account, they may need
to establish one, or maybe the teacher can email the information to the parent. For the
paper packets, pick-ups and deliveries will occur weekly, beginning Friday, March 27.
For this first week, only delivery of lessons will take place. Beginning the following
Friday, which is April 3, this will involve turning in of the current week’s assignments as
you pick up work for the following week. Several of you indicated that you would be
able to pick up packets at the school. For those that indicated that, we would ask that
parents or students pick up packets and drop off completed assignments at the school
on Fridays between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. If you indicated that you would not be able to pick
up packets at the school, we will be delivering those packets. If you reside in Rochester,
O’Brien, Knox City, or Munday, delivery and pick-up of work will occur at the normal bus
stops in those communities according to the following schedule. As you will note, the
window to pick up is not very long, but in order for us to get to all locations in a timely
manner, we must adhere strictly to this schedule. If you do not make it to the stop
within this time frame, you will be required to come to the school to pick up your packet
and deliver the previous week’s work on the following Monday. If you have a conflict
that cannot be remedied, please let us know.
Rochester 2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
O’Brien 2:35 – 2:50 p.m.
Knox City 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Munday 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
This instructional continuity process is new and may have kinks that must be worked
through. It will be a time of modifying and adjusting, probably for all involved. However,
it is a process that can be successful during this time. Again, we ask for your support
and to make sure that students are spending time as needed on their lessons, whether
via paper packets or online, or both. Teachers may send optional lessons home to
allow students who want any extension activities the opportunity to have them. There
are some resources available that may be shared with you that allow families to
interact, thus extending learning activities. I think it is fair and reasonable to expect a
child to spend up to four hours per day working on assignments for school. In order for
students to stay alert and focus on their assignments, I would suggest breaking that
time into intervals of no more than one and half hours at a time.
Meals are also being provided by the school districts within the county. Students who
reside within the boundaries of the Munday CISD may pick up meals at the Munday
Elementary School according to the following schedule:
Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Students who reside within the boundaries of the Knox City-O’Brien CISD may pick up
meals in front of the cafeteria according to the following schedule:
Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
We have a few families that live within the Benjamin ISD boundaries that requested
meals. We will begin serving those meals on Monday, March 30. Due to the low
numbers that requested meals in Benjamin, we will bundle breakfast/lunch and those
meals will be available for pick-up between 9:30-10:30 a.m. each weekday.
The district, along with state and county officials, continue to emphasize the importance
of using this time as a time of social distancing. Health and government officials
recommend maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people.
H ere are some things that parents and students can do to reduce the risk of
contracting diseases like COVID-19:
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
5. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Again, we appreciate your support as we begin this new endeavor. Please do not
hesitate to call the school if you have any questions. Our current office hours are
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.