Lake Travis - Westlake | October 2020

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Eanes, Lake Travis & Leander ISDs

Some meetings may be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic Eanes ISD board of trustees Meets on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 601 Camp Craft Road, West Lake Hills • www.eanesisd.net Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Meets on the third Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 607 N. RM 620, Lakeway • www.ltisdschools.org Leander ISD board of trustees Meets on the third and fourth Thursday at 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park www.leanderisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

Students petition to give teachers the option towork remotely

work from home. Additionally, Lee said EISD has had 13 resignations as the Sept. 22 board of trustees meeting and roughly 10 teacheing positions unlled. At an Aug. 31 LTISD board of trustees meeting, Evalene Murphy, LTISD assistant superintendent for human resource services said four teachers resigned over the past three weeks, two of which were due to the inability to teach remotely. Despite growing support, neither petition led to direct policy changes at EISD or LTISD.

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

for sta with family members who have health conditions. LTISD students drafted an online petition with 330 signatures titled “Give Lake Travis Independent School District teachers the option to teach remote classes.” A similar petition titled “Optional In-person Teaching for Teachers during COVID-19” emerged in nearby district Eanes ISD. In under a week support swelled to over 1,000 signatures. The petition followed an announcement made Sept. 11 that all EISD teachers would be required to return to campus as early as Sept. 21 regardless of whether they requested to work remotely. According to EISD, 166 sta members, including 107 teachers, submitted medical documentation to

LAKE TRAVIS ISD During a Sept. 16 board meeting, Lake Travis ISD students spoke on behalf of their teachers who were denied the option to work remotely amid the coronavi- rus pandemic. “My teachers have been my guid- ing lights,” said Carson Hammock, a senior at Lake Travis High School. “Some of those teachers are being terminated or were forced to resign because we are not being exible.” Superintendent Paul Norton said 70 of the 177 LTISD teachers who applied were approved to work remotely. LTISD was able to accom- modate requests for every teacher who presented health risks. How- ever, Norton said the district is still working to fulll accommodations

GROWING SUPPORT

Community members at Eanes ISD and Lake Travis ISD are petitioning for teachers to work remotely. Both districts increased school capacity on Sept. 21, which required more teachers to return to campus.

EANES ISD

LAKE TRAVIS ISD

“Optional In-person Teaching for Teachers during COVID-19”

“Give Lake Travis ISD teachers the option to teach remote classes”

Goal: 1,500 signatures

Goal: 500 signatures

Current: 336

Current: 1,082

SOURCES: EANES ISD, LAKE TRAVIS ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Campuses to be used as polling locations

LISDocials add newsecurity for online instruction after series of Zoomhacks

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account authentication. Upgrades include attendance tracking, additional instructional tools such as polls and premade breakout groups, instructors’ use of additional authentication, students’ inability to start meetings, varying access based on groups and enhanced support from Zoom. The total number of Zoom incidents is unknown, LISD spokes- person Matt Mitchell said.

EANES ISD The Eanes ISD board of trustees amended the 2020-21 academic calendar to designate Nov. 3—Election Day—as a district holiday during a Sept. 22. meeting. The change will allow the district to safely oer its larger campuses to Travis County for the use of polling locations. Superintendent Tom Leonard stated county ocials are anticipating high turnout Nov. 3.

LEANDER ISD After a series of Zoom hacks across the district and state, Leander ISD is upgrading its technology with greater security control settings and added security layers. The district started improvements Sept. 11 and will add more security enhancements in the coming weeks, according to a district release. LISD is piloting the requirement of district

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