Roadmap to Reopening
The Booker T. 2020-2021 school year will start on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in remote learning. Click here to read Dr. Rudes' welcome message to learn more about our remote learning plan. We must acknowledge that this year will be like no other year in our history. To reopen successfully, we are making changes for the safety and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff. When we open in the fall, spaces will look different, schedules will shift, and new rules will be in place. But with CommUNITY (this year’s theme), we know that our relationships, support, and common goals will carry us through this challenging time.
September 8 (First Day of School), Students will begin in their Conservatory and then break out into their FLEX Classes. Your Conservatory link will be sent out to the students prior to the first day of school. Your FLEX Zoom Link can be found in your FLEX Classroom on PowerSchool Learning (dallasisd.learning.powerschool.com).
October 5 - We will be following a Hybrid Model:
- 9th and 10th graders report to campus on Mondays and Tuesdays for their arts classes.
- 11th and 12th graders will report on Thursdays and Fridays for their arts classes.
- Academic classes will remain virtual under our hybrid model.
- Wednesdays will be reserved for teacher training, special events, and teacher office hours to support academic online learning.
We will be sending more information to you about the hybrid model as we approach our in-person instruction date, especially as you make the important determination whether to remain in an online environment or choose to attend school in-person. We will share the important safety protocols that are in place to keep our students and teachers healthy and protected.
Parent Portal – (dallasisd.powerschool.com) Parents need an Access ID and Access Password to associate a student to their Parent Account. These can be provided by a District Coordinator, Registrar, Admin, or Media Specialist. Parent passwords can be reset by most admins or the Media Specialist.
Powerschool Learning Platform (dallasisd.learning.powerschool.com) - Parents/Guardians will be invited via link to join their student classes. Each teacher will have their class page in Powerschool Learning that will include:
- Contact Information & Availability Schedule
- How to access online-tools they will be using
- Parent Guidance/Support Information
- Course Materials
- Important links to support independent learning/practice
Additional learning platforms might be used by the teachers such as Google Classroom.
Powerschool Mobile App – The district code is TKBS to connect to the mobile app. The mobile app cannot be used for submission of items in PowerSchool Learning (as of now).
School Technology – Students are expected to take good care of their district issued Macbook. Please use these Student Laptop Rules as your guidance in helping your students to be responsible with district property. If a laptop gets lost or stolen, please contact the Media Specialist immediately to report the issue, so that we can activate the tracker. Ultimately if not found, it will be the student’s family’s responsibility to pay for the laptop. Any other laptop issues can be reported to the district Help Desk, at 972-925-5630.
Password Reset Support – Students can reset their password at password.dallasisd.org (default password Disd$2021) without having to call tech support (972-925-5630).
Computer Applications – District approved applications for a school laptop (for ex. Zoom, Office 365, Chrome) can be downloaded and updated through the Self-Service Center on the computer. Please note, district applications cannot be installed on a non-school personal device.
Zoom Virtual Conferencing – Booker T. has selected Zoom as our primary video conference platform for classroom instruction. Security measures are in place to allow only authorized accounts and users into a given Zoom video conference.
The Zoom application may be installed on a student Macbook laptop via the Self Service Center which is located in the Launchpad (the "Rocket" button at the bottom of your Mac screen). To install an application from the Student Self Service Center, a login is not required, just click the Install button.
Student E-mail - To access your District student email account:
- Go to: http://outlook.com/dallasisd.org
- Enter your studentID# only as the username
- do not include @dallasisd.org
- Enter your password (what you use to access technology on campus)
*Use of the district email and network is monitored by district staff to ensure that users are maintaining a safe online presence and acting responsibly.
Class Structure and Homework – We recommend students use this schedule as a way to plan their time usage during the school day and to see when teachers are available for support and/or live instruction for their class period. Academic class-time will include whole-class lessons, small group exercises, individual work and reflection time. Students will have homework that must be completed outside of scheduled class times.
Attendance - For attendance, the teacher will reach out and contact the student who has not been able to log in, via phone, numbers in the student information system, email, etc. If a student has not heard from their teacher by 2:00 p.m., we ask that the student/parent to call the school.
Grading – We will resume a more typical level of grading. Students will receive grades and feedback as they typically would during a regular school year.
Please understand that the information contained on our website may change at any time, depending on the course of the virus and guidance from state and local officials.