Return To School At-A-Glance
Premier High School - Austin (Wells Branch) will be returning to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
In-Person Instruction will require students to attend their assigned block AM or PM. Students will be required to work on their courses through Knowledge Units or the BrightThinker Online Courses. Students will be required to arrive one time each day and make daily progress. Teachers will take attendance daily on a designated schedule and absences will be documented.
Learning Tools (Grades 9-12)
Genius is the district's Student Information System, students can access and view their messages and academic information through the student portal. This is where all student information is housed such as progress reports, grades, transcript, attendance, and course enrollments. All students must log in through Genius to access the Learning Management System BrightThinker.
The Bright Thinker student portal allows students to manage their courses by providing a variety of functions for completing assignments, viewing graded assignments, interacting with course content and testing. The Bright Thinker accessibility tools allow students to interact with assessments (quizzes, tests, etc.) through highlighting questions, eliminating multiple-choice options, adding notes, and more. Students can utilize these tools when completing certain assigned activities within their courses.
Google Classroom is a classroom management tool that makes it easier for students and teachers to interact, connect, and share instructional content. It is a digital space where students can view class announcements, access posted course content, view posted assignments, and participate in online discussions, all under the facilitation of the classroom teacher(s).
If you have any problems navigating through these programs, please contact your classroom teacher.
Student Daily Learning Expectations: How much work should my student be doing?
Premier High School is a mastery-based program. It is crucial that your student manage a pace in order to earn 3-3.5 credits at the end of each semester. This will ensure that the student is promoted to the next grade level and can graduate on time. Please see the expectations guide in order for students to manage daily learning expectations.
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way otherwise normal activities are conducted across our daily lives. As such, student interaction must change while in the classroom. Staff, students, and visitors are recommended to wear face masks.
Emergency School Drills will continue to be an expectation. Under normal circumstances, it is best to practice drills in the same manner that they would be carried out in an actual emergency. However, everything has a COVID-19 overlay at this time. School Emergency Drills will be carried out as close to how they would be carried out in an actual emergency, while still allowing for COVID-19 mitigations. For example, a fire drill should be carried out with the same alerts and same routes as normal, in conjunction with the COVID-19 overlays of physical distancing of 3 feet while wearing face masks. Another consideration for COVID-19 overlay might be to provide hand sanitizer after going out through the doors and after coming back into the building while conducting a drill.
However, in the event of an actual fire, the imminent or substantial threat to life takes precedence over COVID-19. Actions such as physical distancing and wearing masks drop down in level of importance or necessity and evacuating to protect lives and prevent injury rises up in importance. Once there is no longer an imminent or substantial threat to life, then COVID-19 precautions should once again rise up in the level of importance. Specifically, the higher category of threat to life ends and the underlying COVID-19 risk, which never went away, is now at the forefront. This is similar to medical triage where there may be several complaints or issues involving a patient. The most serious one is treated first until it is controlled or stopped and then the next most critical is addressed and so forth.
Parents and Guardians
If you are ever concerned about your student's academics, emotional health, or safety please do not hesitate to contact the Campus Director, Ms. Phillips at [email protected].