i’m supposed to is there another portal i think i think we lost is that shane talking yeah so i need to come in a different portal i registered and this is where it brought me but i got in early so i apologize so shane give me one second uh because we i just opened it up so and i’ll message you uh because we just started the broadcast so people are gonna start coming in um so i’m gonna meet you and then we’ll figure that out or actually i can just do um there we go i got shane situated um all right everybody thank you you hear the boy i’ll cut my camera right quick all right everybody this is me this is chaz moore um i’m the executive director of the austin justice coalition we’re just allowing people to come in and get situated and get started um and if you join our our webinars in the past you’re probably familiar with this poll it’s just a weekly check-in just to see how people are doing um and you know we think that’s important because we’re in some very interesting times um so please just take a second to fill that out we’re gonna wait for our other moderator to come in um we’re gonna allow people to get situated we’re also gonna allow dr um cruz and our student and our um parent to come in and then we’ll and then we’ll get started but thank you all for joining i already see we have 123 people here of about 180 that registered um so we’ll get started here shortly um and you know i think we’ll have a good conversation and see how the district is moving forward and how we as a community can assist them in those efforts so stay tuned okay it looks like we might have all of our panels this is except for dr cruzan um all right so my name is were you going to say something chass no no go here the show is all yours perfect all right so my name is amber watts and i am the director of a higher learning program with austin justice coalition and for those of you you who don’t know what austin justice coalition is this is a racial justice group that educates and builds community community power with people of color who live in austin texas that are in need of support community and liberation we always want to make sure that we’re taking the time to center the voices of those who’ve been historically marginalized and we will do so also in this conversation um and and i want to give sharon patton um space to to introduce himself as well in his organization hello my name is uh sherwin patton um evening to everybody um i i work for an organization called life a new restorative justice where we um work to use uh relational practices um restorative practices in order to cultivate culture and uh and climate um in various uh um uh sectors um so we work with educators work with law enforcement as well as with uh community and thank you so it’s great to be here this evening so as we uh as we prepare for uh this evening um one of the reasons that we’re here is because uh we are we’re facing these challenging times together and uh um austin justice coalition has created this uh platform for us um to be able to listen um to some of the people who are decision makers on on the front lines so that we can come up with solutions um to how we can support one another in community one of the uh the things that we really value um as community-based organizations is the voices of uh the young people who are in our community who are the up and coming leaders and so tonight as we begin our discussion we are

actually going to start off um with uh one of our students um that is in aisd school um her name is uh kyle wilson and she’s actually here with her mother uh nina wilson um kai is a uh is a student at anderson high school and has been a leader not only in her school but also in the in the community and so uh hello hi how are you i’m doing well i’m doing well miss wilson it’s good to see you as well nice to be here so one of the first questions that we had for uh the evening as we get started is as an aisd student um kai how how has this pandemic impacted you and your family and what are some of the coping mechanisms that you have developed um in order to uh help to move forward um i think overall you know this was unexpected um and i think the main way that it’s impacted me as a student personally is that i’ve had to learn how to take a big chunk of time and put it into small segments so that i’m able to find um like a pattern and a schedule that works for me so that i get my assignments done so in that aspect it has impacted me with um having to come up with my own schedule on my own time um coping mechanisms that i’ve had to take in were probably spending more time with my family um like just putting everything down for a second and giving my family some face-to-face quality time has been very helpful for me as a as a follow-up question to that um as a as a parent um ms whit mrs wilson how has this affected you um wow so there’s been positive effects and negative um the positive is that we’re forced to stay home slow it down push pause and sort of self-reflect find out what’s important and and focus in on that find the silver linings um move forward uh the negative is that um it’s the uncertainty i guess that not knowing and everybody trying to figure it out all at the same time while it’s like building an airplane in the air that’s what it feels like um i think it’s the the uncertainty that that’s the part that’s that’s difficult to navigate and wondering moving forward what parts of this are we going to learn from and do better um and hoping that we don’t uh make missteps moving forward you know that those are the parts there and kyle have you heard from any of your of your classmates um how this is impacting them especially those who may not have the resources that are available to uh some others yes i actually have a few friends that are working during this time um and able to keep their you know family in a good place and in a house and in a home um and the main struggle that they’re having is um having finding the time to separate work and school and it’s just been a challenge for them because they don’t have a bunch of free time on their hands and they’re trying to make sure that their family’s making it through this hard time thank you thank you so much thank you for your voice we’ll be coming back to you in a few minutes all right so um i also want to welcome our other panelists um to this and uh we do have another question and um it’s open to whomever feels like they could answer this and it’s about access um and it relates to the question that um mr patton just asked kai and just like how is aisd ensuring that all of our students are feeling safe feeling connected and have access to food and technology and quality education during this time and going forward hello this is john bailey principal of lbj early college high school uh that’s a great question so we had to look at this in phases at our campus the three big phases were focused one seo social emotional and safety we had to look at are our students safe or our staff members safe and or their family members safe at home so once we focus on the seo making sure the social emotional aspect is taken care of during this highly unexpected pandemic we were able to then focus on communication efforts during our communication efforts we were able to focus on really technology do our students and our families have access to technology and then we develop a campus outreach team and i expected that every single student in our campus and family

be contacted so we had to create monitoring systems to ensure we were able to assess the needs of our family members as we engaged with them after the first phase of safety and emotional went into the second phase of communication then we were able to focus on the third phase which is distant continuous learning so now we’re able to transition into distant learning virtual online 100 and so now that’s an ongoing process but it was very very critical that we just didn’t jump into this and really just focus on learning that we first had to take a step back realize what our families and our students and staff members are enduring during this time connect with our families and now we’re able to transform how we evolve with education virtually thank you um ken did you want to also speak to that yeah if i could just just a moment i think that i really appreciate shared it their approach what we’ve discovered over the last month is that people tend to bring their a game they bring their expertise to a crisis and so aisd’s expertise is focused primarily really on curriculum and instruction so that’s what we got a flood of right at the beginning was the idea of curriculum and instruction because the focus of the district is to strive read and thrive what i think we’re discovering and it’s just commentary rather than uh strive read and thrive which are important and we want to address we we looked at a little bit differently within the union which is education awesome and that is more about be safe be supported be connected and we’re really trying to focus on those three things as really as you address this like education 101 in terms of maslow’s hierarchy and how we make sure those those basic needs are met and that we accept the amount of academic expertise that can occur but that those things can’t happen without the basics being there and how we then return to them cyclically and continue to go back to those supports making sure we continue to double down on our efforts but we’re really focusing on be safe be supported and be connected and i think that would will deal with the basic needs of safety the need of support are you supported academically are you supported emotionally and then looking at connections to things outside of the district that will help families within the district get them connected and if we take care of those three things the academics can follow sorry dr holly did you want to speak to that oh yeah it sounds like you’re still muted here i’ll unmute you okay okay okay thanks now i i um just to speak to john’s piece as well um one of the things that uh we did as a district from the beginning uh we went out on that friday before spring break addressed from the beginning was the food insecurity that we have in our district i really what i saw and i and i have the privilege of getting to consult coach and support a lot of our senior leaders with it our office of innovation and uh nutrition we learned a lot from the community has helped us uh balance and center but uh from the very beginning uh many of our senior leaders were looking at those connection pieces and uh again i had the privilege of of supporting our academics team as they put things online to support over over spring break um so a lot of work has gone in i don’t uh people are not sleeping as we continue to work with our community the other pieces we’re learning a lot from our grassroots organizations who are telling us about what we’re missing and telling us about people that we’re missing and so we’re developing some strong bridges with our uh grassroots folks who really are uh on the ground and and are in apartment complex about the needs as ken was saying about those basic needs as well so there’s a lot of work going on and there’s also a lot of learning and a lot of partnerships that are being forged through this process thank you i forgot i kind of unmute

myself sorry about that um you know first of all uh i i continue to be amazed by the level of adaptability by the students to this covet uh crisis and their ability to to manage the change that i think a lot of us are are having difficulty and sometimes being overwhelmed by it uh i think from a governance perspective we’ve tried to create a safe culture within the district of ensuring that our teachers our administrators our staff feel that we’re supporting them by making sure that we’re paying their salaries to the end of the school year i think that was so important to make sure from a governance level because you know what if we take care of our teachers and staff they’re going to take care of our students they’re going to take care of our families and i think that’s what john and other principals have been doing and ensuring that our uh our needs are being met our community needs are being met and the only the only thing i would say to that is that if you do not feel safe if you do not feel if you feel overwhelmed by these things reach out to the schools because they’re ready willing and able to answer questions walk people through all these processes and making sure that we’re i think as sure when i i couldn’t agree with you more this is not about serving our community this is also about being in community with each other and meeting each other’s needs and where we’re at and some days i feel overwhelmed some days i feel really grateful about the community support and under reaching out and um and hearing from students uh about how they’re adapting and so it’s really i really appreciate the time here by the way dr cruz is having a little bit of difficulty connecting um and so he’s come in and out i think he’s still trying to to connect through but i just wanted to make sure and note that for y’all thank you um i’m also interested i heard um mr bailey you talked about at a high school level what’s happening with connecting with students and this is also from one of the questions um in the q a and if you do have questions there is a q a section you can access that and type your question in so that we can get your question asked um i’m wondering two things has has the staff at any campus at any level so elementary middle and um high school had trouble connecting with every student and what are we doing about the families and the students that we cannot connect with right now um i’ll speak to that in terms of looking at it at the high school middle school and elementary level one thing in austin isd during this time the focus of collaboration and innovation and honestly allowing each other to learn from one another in terms of communicating with our families i’ve been has been probably the most powerful tool um the reality of it is as we adjust as leaders to the pandemic we still had to step up we still had to say you know what make sure our families are taking care of making sure that we’re taken care of but now this is the time when leadership prevails and so we’ve had an opportunity to look at vertical alignment at the elementary middle school and secondary level in high school to talk about what strategies are working in terms of communicating with the families so each leader has their own individual monitoring systems but it’s really taking a collective effort to ensure that we are able to connect with each and every single family and so we have to look at different mediums phone calls emails surveys needs assessment and once we track that data we’re able to figure out okay who’s not connecting what families are we not getting a response from before this pandemic we used to just put out phone calls and not so much focus on the response so sometimes we’ll say we reached out to a family to be determined if the family actually responded back or not but now the expectation was that we had to make sure that we actually get a response which means there has to be a dual dialogue of communication for us to ensure that we’re in contact with our families and so those are some efforts that’s taking the pla that’s taking place at all levels thank you um quick follow-up question on that is how how do we continue this after um this med pandemic is done i heard you say about you know the call would go go out and the focus wasn’t really on whether or not we were actually connecting with families how do we continue the effort to make sure we’re actually connecting with our families um now and later can i sell you hey thank you amber you know one of the things that this is uh this is an un an overwhelming uh demand because you have a you know you have secondary

teachers that have 150 200 kids and to be realistic about the time it takes to actually make a contact or some type of response could just be overwhelming you could take a month or two to actually get through to everybody and then you’re past really the need and so we’ve been thinking about how do you narrow that down how do you make sure you get a hold of every kid in the system what we’d like to see happen is really more institutionalized approach or a more methodical approach that would follow the advisory or homeroom every teacher and many of the administrators in the district have an advisory class in secondary and middle and high school they have 20 you know 15 to 25 kids that they’re responsible for that they follow up with that they help them with their academics it’s a way to touch base with kids during the day and during the week it seems to us that that same mechanism that’s already there should be utilized district wide it makes it a methodology to it that says each teacher and each grown-up that has 20 to 30 kids in their advisory they are responsible for making the contact with that student make sure they’re safe make sure they’re okay make sure things are as good as they can be to the support and then the connections if we do this through advisory and we commit to doing it through advisory throughout the system theoretically we can get to every kid or at least a genuine attempt to every child in their family in a very realistic fashion addressing 150 to 200 just it’s just overwhelming with everything that’s done so we have a mechanism placed we know there are campuses that are utilizing it we like to see this across the board everybody is responsible for that advisory and that group to make the contact find out what the kids need and then direct the kids that advisory teacher can then contact the teachers on the campus say hey i got this kid do you know about this kid this kid needs help this kid needs support and we can make those more direct handoffs rather than hoping we are we’re making a handoff really directly and there’s a mechanism and an accountability to follow up on on a mechanism like that because it’s concrete and it could be implemented throughout the district one thing i would like to add to it mr cann stated and answer your question ms watts the ongoing communication efforts as i share with various staff members looking at the silver lining of this pandemic there’s a spiritual aspect that i have in making sure that you know we’re safe supportive and taking care of our families but then when we look at the server line under this pandemic is an opportunity to where we’re able to see how innovative can we be and also an opportunity for us to do a systems check in terms of engagement how strong and how effective has each campus outreach efforts been during this time and so now it’s a realization to allow us to really refine modify and oftentimes create sustainable systems as we continuously engage our community throughout the years to come honestly i’m very excited about next year once we get through this pandemic because not only will we have our students and staff inside the building but this is an opportunity for us to simultaneously have a strong virtual academic engagement with our families as well as in person and so this opportunity allowed us to develop really really strong effective outreach teams at our respective campuses and also allow the students and the family members to get more involved in their education uh teachers that happen to be very intentional of how they teach now uh what’s what’s separate about the learning process is now parents are more involved with the learning students are very involved with the learning but now in person you normally have a teacher that’s guiding you through the lesson that component is not there as it was prior to the pandemic so now the students have to learn about how to structure their time the teachers have to be explicit on their lessons and chunking those lessons and in a way for the students to understand and allow the families to support as well so all it does is just help us strengthen our academics one thing and then i’ll stop talking about this is i read the article on cnn what’s lost and trying to rush into the virtual learning aspect is this sounds good and we’re super excited about it but we have to take it in phases we have to look at the inequalities and the equity in terms of who has access to technology who doesn’t have access to technology we are still in the middle of this pandemic so the social emotional aspect of making sure we’re safe mentally and psychologically sound is definitely the priority but also it gives us an opportunity to look forward to a very innovative uh virtual instructional academic process for our families uh mr bailey uh thank you for sharing that because uh now that you shared about um the fact that we do have uh some inequities that um

that have been spotlighted um can you tell us um because of this pandemic how has it shines spotlight on the many inequities and uh that already existed within our school system and what are some of the solutions um that you all are coming up with to address those inequities so um i put that out to the panelists but i’m really curious to hear from dr holly on that as well can you hear me yes ma’am yes so um one of the things that i think we’re learning in as i i talk to leaders and principals and families is uh we are learning that it’s going to take all of us to rebuild this system and these inequities that we’re seeing we’ve always seen nobody’s seeing anything new i don’t think anybody’s seeing anything new we always knew there was a digital divide we knew there was food insecure but what we are learning is that we’ve got to do more listening to our marginalized communities we’ve got to do more listening to our teachers our teachers are incredible innovators and even under these circumstances uh our teachers are really doing some phenomenal work with what they have um so to rebuild this system is first of all is to make sure that we’re all healthy whole and together on the other side of this so that we can start to to make sure that when this when we start to re uh to look at our system that we have parents at the table we have our immigrant families who are at the table our students who are are emerging bilinguals at the table we need everybody in the system at the table to help rebuild it it can’t just be administrators and teachers or bureaucrats so i think the learning is going on now but the learning the strong learning i think that’s coming through for our system is that it’s going to take everybody and our communities have been very flexible very uh patient and very supportive i’m on a morning call with many grassroots organizers angelica who is our our uh our interpreter this evening is an organizer we’re learning from our organizers so that when we go back we can’t go back to the the norm what we consider the normal um i’ve uh i’ve heard some folks call it the old abnormal and so i think this is going to make us more cohesive and we’re going to be paying closer attention to our teachers our groundskeepers um i do want to say our folks that are in child nutrition and transportation they see things i get emails from them they tell us about people who don’t have food so i think is going to make us go more cohesive and stronger and then we’re also going to know that all the voices matter in the system uh the custodian’s voice matters in the system our essential workers as we’re calling them now so i can’t say what what we have learned so far but i know what we are learning along the way is that it’s going to take everybody and it’s not going to be about position rank or degrees um but it’s going to be about understanding that we’re all a part of something we want to be stronger on the other side dr holly thank you for for your work in the equity office and i’m interested in knowing how can everyone in the community really get involved with supporting um the equity work that you’re that you’re doing right now well the equity work that i’m doing is the equity work that the whole district is doing right now right um dr crews is engaged in equity everybody so it’s not uh me uh it’s not just my staff there are two there are three of us on my staff but our our entire uh district is involved uh our office of uh innovation and development right now is uh has opportunities for people to donate funds um our canned board of directors right now is looking at opportunities for people who have talent and expertise to bring to this emergency situation so they’ll have a place to bring their expertise as well and so i would say that anytime you’re getting engaged with what we’re doing in the district right now you’re involved in equity work when you you see people who are food insecure um our i.t department right now needs everybody’s eyes and ears we’re learning again from people who are out in the community so anybody who’s out there who sees folks who are on the margins are students who don’t know

what resources are available uh you’re you’re helping the entire district do equity work you’re making sure we centralize the voices of the marginalized and right now that’s the the deep work that our districts involved in and i think it’s everybody is involved not just the equity office it’s uh it takes a lot of folks uh across the board it’s taking hundreds and hundreds of our staff who are looking out on those margins um for the least for the least the folks that have the least and uh i heard today from our it department our folks who don’t have internet connection we’re starting to do robo calls we’ve done paper packets we’re going to stop doing the paper packets with the school with the school lessons and so forth and we’ll be mailing those so our uh our folks are innovative and equity and innovation go together and uh so i hope i answered your question i just want you to know that the whole district is in is in equity mode right now now you answered it and that that’s uh that’s great to hear it really is great to hear that we’re all in it together and also to add to uh that follow-up the reality of it is uh at the campus level we’re used to seeing our kids we’re used to seeing our staff members visibly and so now we’re in a situation to where we can’t really visibly see all of our students and our staff members at the level that we were used to and so when we talk about equity uh that’s various stages of what equity looks like and to be determined upon who you ask that question to but one of the things that i wanted at our campus is i needed specifics i needed to know are we really reaching every single one of our families and outside of the communication of our families what is the need within a household to support the families and the students and so each week on a daily basis we have our teachers meet by grade level someone wrote in a chat about how to support counselors the reality of it is including myself as a principal all of us had to put on our counselor’s hat um during this time to really focus on the emotional aspect of our students and so when we meet as grade levels we have a list of students broken down and we’re going through each student looking at various who’s connecting who’s not connecting why aren’t they connecting and what support do they need and who’s going to be the point who’s going to be the point contact that’s going to reach out to that family so everyone had to take on a mentor type counselor that had to support our kids connecting them during this time and it’s really taken a collective effort at all levels within the building uh to reach our families because the equity i mean it’s different at different levels but i want to specifics and so another thing we do is run reports i want to report of what students have not accessed our digital learning platform that could be for various reasons why they haven’t accessed it and so we have to really look at students by students why aren’t they connecting and so when we ran that first report it was we had over about 60 of our students who engaged in the virtuous platform that we had at lbj but that wasn’t enough um i needed to know what students that other 40 who is not engaged and so each day now that number’s going down and down but it’s truly a collective effort uh data driven because now we can’t really see each other we have to make sure that our systems and monitoring our systems and communication are effective and we’re honestly making progress uh you know each day and our staff members are very invested but i appreciate the support from the family as well they’ve been they’ve been very supportive i called two kids today and i’ll turn it over one student told me mr bailey i’m just struggling focusing i’m so used to having a teacher in front of me guiding me through the lessons i’m so used to knowing the bail schedule now i’m at home and i’m struggling with just you know having to manage that time another student was saying the same thing in terms of how they having to adjust to the dynamic that we have with distant learning so those are opportunities for us to really put on our counselor’s hat and try to work with our parents as well because some parents also asked give me some tips about how i can help my child at home and so those are just conversations that i’m personally involved in but also so our staff members as well at our viruses at our various campuses within the entire district not just at lbj yeah thank you mr bailey uh amber uh if i can uh comment you know uh thank you uh you know it’s very exciting to hear principal bailey talk about systems and how they’re following up because what precedes the system was a care of the individual and so as we were talking earlier what comes out of care then becomes more operational once you have those basics match i think one of the things that in my my experience uh i taught 12 years at burnett middle school in north central austin enormous needs my wife or my partner uh

works at navarro as a teacher so i have and i have two children two boys one sixth grader and one kindergartner in aisd so i’ve had an opportunity and really quite frankly a privilege to be able to be home with my children and be paid we have to remember that we’re all very privileged in these positions of still getting an income where so many people aren’t case in point uh one of our teachers had called home to find out what’s going on they were doing a personal zoom the teacher had zoomed in to the parent the parents only form of technology in the house was the phone that was in her hand the parent had four children at home and the parent’s husband was just laid off the previous sunday my partner was on a conversation with one of her students and as she was explaining her struggles talking about you know we have two lessons per week from each one of our each one of our core areas and our in our electives i end up with about 14 lessons at the end of the week and she broke down in tears and didn’t know what to do you have families that don’t have the privilege of their parents being at home to help guide them or to take a phone call when we call now this is not every household uh it’s not every household at burn it or lbj or or any one of our east eastside schools there’s a lot of really good work going on kids that are really wanting to achieve that are frustrated because they’re used to what they’re used to a relationship teaching is all about relationships without it it’s just a worksheet electronic or paper is just a worksheet this is relational work that’s very passionate and very much close to our heart so we want to also be careful about the about the the online technology that it doesn’t become our new avenue we know that k-12 online learning does not impact is is not nearly as successful as what we do in front of a child because we know they have enormous needs and we can be as as mr bailey referenced a counselor a a pseudo parent a friend a teacher it’s all these things that while i appreciate seeing you all on this screen i love that because you’re not just a voice or a face there’s something deeper to that that really to build those relationships and i know my 12 years of success was all based on relationships and so we know that that’s the advantage the public school system has as opposed to online that we don’t want to lose and we build around equity for all of our kids and so i just so i’ll leave it at that but what i’m seeing inside of this and it’s just it’s kind of it’s very emotional it’s overwhelming at times to see the impacts of the household and that we have to keep that up front you know amber if i could just add here that i mean real quickly i think you know from my perspective equity is values it’s about the actions that we take and i can’t i can’t um be remiss if i didn’t go back to the actions of closing the schools down for safety was such an equity decision when you look at the 977 confirmed culvert cases in our community where 76 percent are white 10 percent are black about 30 something percent are are hispanic and the 17 deaths in this county which are 86 percent white 6.7 percent black um 33 hispanic uh 67 non-hispanic those numbers really track with our community um which by the way if you take a perspective and look nationally you look at the disproportionate impact of deaths for the african-american community you see in a lot of those communities that schools were not closed and so i think while we all um take time to reflect on the fact that we’re in this situation i’m also grateful that ken and everyone’s talking about and john are talking about what we’re doing for students from an educational progression perspective uh about the end of the school year because i think that’s so important but i’m also very grateful that we’re having this kind of a conversation in our community is awesome it is it is equity in action it’s like value that we have and i’d rather have this conversation than the one that’s happening not just across the country and disproportionate but with my colleagues i’ve been in conference calls with about nine of the presidents of all the school districts they’re still thinking about how to get computers to 12th graders not to the entire spectrum of the school district they they were taking ideas about wi-fi hot spots on buses from aisd we had one school district who closed down and didn’t provide food for their uh for their family so i feel really

grateful that we’re in a community that is all about relationships and partnerships so um i didn’t i didn’t want to i’d be remiss if i didn’t point that out in this whole conversation which uh to ken’s point i think we are in a in a privileged position but also this is an opportunity to give back and serve our community in the best of ways and be in community with them thank you mr roger you guys um i wanted to speak really quickly to some of the questions that have come up i’ve seen coming up in the q a um from our participants one of them is that there’s been a rise in child abuse in the past weeks school was a sanctuary for some kids who are experiencing neglect and abuse and and the place to get help from outside adults is aic able to offer any support to those students and anyone can take this question okay i don’t know if you guys can hear me right now somebody can wait okay perfect all right sorry i was uh i know had other issues coming up and then um having a little bit of connectivity issues here so i apologize for that um i’m paul cruz i’m superintendent of the austin school district and with the question and i was uh listening uh to canon talking about the relationships and how important that is and i think now more than ever we’re going to see how important schools are and teachers are and how those uh relationships have been fostered and nurtured over time have been essential we’ve always known that as teachers um but it’s good to see that there is uh that is front and center and understanding in this time where we are not being able to connect as individuals uh face to face there’s other ways to connect and to reach out so through the austin school district we’ve actually had had opened up several mental health centers mental health supports our parent support specialists are still available to our parents and to our families to provide the types of services that may be necessary whether the ones that you mentioned or maybe other issues around health care or some other type of financial type issues but we still have our mental health centers are still in play they’re still working and they are available either via phone or through um through whether it be a zoom call or some other type of of using other types of technology but the phone call is available just to have those connections and it’s something that we are going to make sure to be looking at and our teachers are taking in with our kids and our kids are checking in with our teachers so there’s a it’s going to be a multiple approaches to it i think the main thing is always to recognize that we’re all in this together and this is a really challenging time and while yes we could have gone full-on just academics and go business as usual it is not business as usual uh nothing that i’ve been doing in this time has been what i had planned and i think mr bailey as i see him there from lbj um he had a whole bunch of things planned to be going on and he shifted in real time and so did his staff and that’s really what is so essential and then talking to our principals and our teachers how quickly they have adapted we’ve been learning along the way it’s not perfect we didn’t think it was going to be perfect but with the heart with understanding that it is about those relationships and checking in with our kids first so we love to teach certain skills and academics and that is important but we first have to check in with our kids we have to check in with our kids and with one another thank you dr cruz um i also saw um in relation to that and what you said about um checking in with the students and mr bailey talked about principal bailey talked about his system that his school has in contacting his students now he’s seen his number of students who um he haven’t hasn’t been able to contact go down is that a system that is happening throughout all of the schools yes we are seeing that um because when a student moves um they may not have changed the school so it happens quite a bit in our school system with a lot of our families but they always stayed in school so there was every day still a connection so whether we had the contact information or not we had contact with the student and then his or her family members in this situation that is something that we’re seeing so we put out a notice again for families to update information to let the principal know the school staff know of a change of address a change of a phone number an email and that’s going to be ongoing but yes it’s certainly happening um in our in high schools but we’re seeing that in elementaries and middle schools as well thank you um okay i i also want would love to ask kai this

question um i would love to know how are you being supported emotionally from your school um i would say that the teachers have been really thorough with getting our work out there clumsy and getting like solutions out there completely that we’re able to um you know get assignments and like in a time where we have enough like in a place and a time that we have enough time to get it turned in um as for checking in they did host sessions for us in office hours for us for to talk um whether it was about just what we were going through or an assignment that we were confused about and that’s been helpful thank you so i did have a follow-up question to for um kai and her mother as well um so kyle what are some of the ways that that you have been um supporting uh other students um because i know you all have been having um uh groups that you’ve told me about that they get together as well so what are what are some ways you’re supporting other students and then also um mrs wilson as a as a as a mother um what are some supports that you are receiving and what are some supports that you need um during um so uh as mr patton um said i’ve been working with uh restorative circle restorative justice circles um with usually student-led and there we talk about uh either struggles i mean positive and negative things about you know online schooling and things that are going on with coven 19 and how we’re adjusting to it um and having a community to talk to openly people who are like-minded people have different perspective it’s been really helpful and as a parent i’ll say that i’m appreciative of the fact that our district is um is trying different things and that we’re not trying to do business as usual i’m appreciative of the fact that grades aren’t counting right now and that students are able to just get enrichment and not be stressed about trying to maintain a certain grade point average and get assignments done in the middle of a pandemic like this isn’t business as as usual as we said and some kids are talking differently adults are coping differently um we’re all trying to figure it out as we go and so some people become hyper non-productive and both of those reactions to our situation we handle stressors differently so i’m appreciative of the fact that my child is not stressed out about assignments and when we had um the assignments that did come in that she was able to talk to her support system with the school i’m appreciative of that the fact that teachers have office hours and that we have the technology that we have zoom to be able to connect with people um i think what we need what i need as a parent is um for people to realize that this is not normal this isn’t business as usual and not to expect that you’re going to get the same level of productivity quality and engagement that you got before and so to expect 10 hours of work even though it seems like oh but you have a whole week is not necessarily um a reasonable expectation that the first thing my kid and me and everybody else in our house needs is just to feel safe and just to feel okay and just to be a family um and just to be that in and of itself is really what i need i need to just be able to be to just be able to pause to not have to continue as if everything is okay because it isn’t and we don’t know what the future holds and we need to be able to process that and not be inundated with outside forces along with being able to just process as a family uh if i may amber um i i i’ve got it’s what kai and nina just shared for me because there’s nothing more important than the teacher and the student in this system they are the two most important people in this system um i know i know nina for i i taught with nina vernon middle school for years the finest teacher i’ve ever known

i knew kai before she was even born and i got to say that as an example of what can be in the possibilities that it’s so important that we lift up student voice the family voice that we hear them that we truly hear them and that we see them because i am encouraged by students and young people like kai wilson because that’s why we got to get this figured out right because it’s their turn next they’re the ones that will lead we have got to do this right and that means we’ve got to care for each other in a way that means something it isn’t just about putting a lesson in front of someone but it’s truly a depth of care that reaches so beyond that and so much deeper than that that’s what nina wilson did in her classroom that’s what she does as a parent and that’s what kai will exhibit and is exhibiting today on this on this on this town hall meeting but we have to make sure that we are preparing this world for the kais that are coming after us that that that’s what it’s all about that’s what this me that’s what it’s all about is kai wilson and every student in this district that we’ve got to meet so i’m just inspired by it thank you both thank you kai and ken mr patton are you still there okay um so our top oh the fan club because she is truly truly amazing i was in her classroom and just happened to be walking around and oh yeah wow impressed yes we can hear you oh you’re muted now okay so i’m going to while mr patton um rejoins us i’m going to read off our top question in the question q a um and it says uh will the staff and faculty members at each campus be given compensation compensational pay a compensational pay increase or a bonus to commend them for their ability and flexibility new ways to deliver okay so to deliver um their new the new ways that they’re having to deliver classroom instruction do i need to say that again i don’t know if y’all were able to catch that say it thumbs up say it again okay all right i’ll say it again um will the staff and faculty members at each campus be given a compensational pay increase or bonus to commend them for their ability and flexibility to learn new ways to deliver classroom instruction and how are their emotional needs being met during this time you know right now at this point uh premium pay and time and a half is provided for our food services workers who actually worked even through even spring break uh literally providing meals and for transportation uh folks so that’s been our target when we look at the immediate needs that we had that we that were just so essential and necessary we actually stood that up throughout spring break and then to actually come back right after spring break but that’s where the premium pay has been it’s been focused on food services workers um and transportation and bus drivers uh that’s really been the focus at this point thank you i would i would add as the union representative of pay that we are very thankful that the district listened when we spoke up and said that those workers coming in out of quarantine out of their homes going out to do this heroes work should earn heroes pay and that the district heard that during spring break uh they added time and a half on top of their spring break pay um that wasn’t necessarily the plan early on but it’s it’s one of those things that is

understood as you evolve and go through an emergency and they were very responsive and it’s just it’s good to work with the district that will respond uh because that’s not the case in every district in this in in this state uh and to continue that that pay going forward uh with classified employees that go out of their home to do their work to be paid time and a half not in addition but time and a half for that time out that’s a very important thing for the classifications of employment in this district that are the lowest play lowest paid but are the highest numbers of black and brown employees so if we want to talk about equity we have to talk about how we pay people and respect people from an employee from employment standpoint and that we make sure that they if they’re going to go in harm’s way we understand essential workers but that they are compensated and recognized for being in harm’s way the district responded to that they were supportive and we’re thankful for that but they’re still the lowest paid employees facing the highest risk it’s why we have to continue to look at ways of being creative and innovative of how to how to respond and respect that i think simultaneously teachers as mr bailey had responded mentioned teachers are doing the development of the very online work that the district will benefit years coming they are developing the platform and finding the shortcomings of it and how it’s going to be successful that’s a huge huge undertaking for the district to actually get that up to speed and we believe that there you know certainly will talk about it going forward but we believe that that should be recognized as well because it’s the teachers that are doing the heavy work the plans are developed by administration but teachers are the ones that are going to have to lift it and do it with the assistance of principles mr bailey and and see that that’s successful and that actually happens so i appreciate the question we have to make sure that we recognize those who are carrying the carrying the water during this crisis yeah yeah i agree and then also just was to to be able to stand up the system pretty much overnight uh there was no time to say well let’s wait for three months let’s get this going now blend and those activities we’ve been doing that for a couple of the a couple of years just to support the technology systems and learning can occur when a student wants it and needs it uh and so that is i mean i just commend our teachers they are incredible and you see some of the activities that they’re doing that they actually post on social media even and something i just love about austin it started off with the social emotional learning piece that was really what had to happen and i also appreciate what ms wilson was saying is that and we were tell teachers whatever you plan for that week cut it in half and whatever you plan for that cut that in half because we have to check in first it’s it’s the the human thing to do right is checking with each other i do just to because this is i when you when i look at this it’s just staggering what our food services and transportation amazing team members have done since march 13th which is a day that we were closed as a district but we were open for essential services since then we’ve delivered and they’ve delivered and prepared over 300 000 meals and the average right now is about 12 to 14 000 meals and that’s incredible and i’m proud and that that’s amazing it really really is for us as a school system we actually serve 75 000 a day that’s just you know wednesday for austin school district but to have to be able to stand these systems up in almost what seemed as to be in real time to surprise provide these supports that are essential just food uh nutrition uh i’m just um so thankful to our food services staff and our bus drivers who just organizing was you know just delivering the support just wanted to put that number out there because it’s still it makes me take a few steps back and dr cruz would you mind sharing another number that i know the board has has um asked about is how much is the monthly payroll that this school district is putting and supporting the current teacher staff everyone uh while we’re in the covid yeah for uh thank you president lavigas so it’s about 55 million dollars uh is what we said we were going to do and so that had continued as we were preparing and then also now within instructing and continued the payroll 55 million dollars um so it’s just a impressive you know in this time since we were here on a thursday and not been on a friday so we had to put out you know provide more technology and more chromebooks to our students um we had already done it one to one at our high school students so it’s

over 20 000 chromebooks but since um uh since that time on the 13th we’ve delivered over around 8 000 devices to students and we prioritized students who are students of poverty economic disadvantage and special education students now we do know that some of our students with special needs may have already had some assistive technology but they needed more in these situations and so that’s how we prioritized and just trying to meet um what we know we need to do because there’s so much more to do still i also like to add um to dr cruz and the support as ken was sharing with us of supporting those essential workers there is a group of individuals that i want to recognize and those are custodians as soon as we went into the pandemic aspect and the restrictions were changing and changing over time as we progressed which means more people could not leave their homes during that time we had to figure out how can we allow staff members to go inside the building safely practicing social distancing keeping the number under five or less to get some of the items that they need to facilitate uh distant learning and connecting with our students but the individuals that i want to highlight are our custodians when i went to the campus when i went up to the campus myself i saw a league custodian and um honestly i was nervous about going inside the building and i really was i was nervous about going inside the building uh but my custodian put me at ease miss valley don’t wear here’s your gloves here’s your mask um we have a sign there go take care and do what you need and he provided the same hospitality and assigned social emotional support to every staff member that ended into that building to get their essential items and so um like we talked about some of those individuals do so much more to critical work and they get the least amount of recognition so our custodians were more than just cleaning and taking credit facility they provided that social emotional aspect support that’s needed across the board so i just had to give a shout out and accolades to those individuals because i know it’s not happening just at lbj it’s happening across our entire district thank you um our next top question is um well there was a question if um dr crews could address mr breckenridge’s question in the chat um but i’m not sure that question is and so um mr breckenridge if you can put that question into the q a then i can ask that question for you um and the next question is i am very concerned that children who receive special education services are not receiving the support they need how is the district prioritizing supporting this particular group of students as well as the special education teachers that serve them amber before somebody answers that um if you look at the q a and look at the answered ones yes that’s where i think that’s where jared’s answer for some reason his question went into the answered part even though it’s not answered i think this one is about the school closures but i don’t know what it is to ask the question so i think it’s a question that hasn’t that i don’t see to be to be able to ask got it got it okay for a special um the um your the question on special education and supporting the special education students uh so i mentioned one is trying to get prioritizing special needs students with the technology that they needed the other is and actually led by our executive director of special education aquita hickman dr hickman then with she and her team uh then developed guidance and actually developed the resources for teachers and now she’s developing she and her team are developing those supports and resources for parents so that that there’s some infrastructure there from the district level in special education um it is about fulfilling the expectations and the iep and that individualized education plan so here’s again it’s here comes our teachers our teachers then then uh connecting with our students and parents so see how we can meet the needs of our students in a very different environment um we’re not going to do as as a as a teacher i know that i would not be able to do what i could do in my classroom to do in this setting i can do my i can do my best and there’s some things i would want to do i just i’m not going to be able to do that and it’s about being real with that and seeing what are those essential supports and services our students need how can we do how and then how can we uh deliver those um you know instruction in a way that is supportive of students and their individual needs so again i do think in this situation while there could be some that and there are some district systems put in place it still is with that teacher and the student in the classroom or in this virtual classroom setting uh that’s where those needs are going to be met because they’re just the that is the way i see special education working

it is very individualized to those students specific needs and then the teacher is monitoring progress in working with the parents as well special ed uh amber if i could mention because i’ve we’ve had a lot of stuff on special ed and i really appreciate the superintendent saying you know we’re it’s about being real and it’s about realistic expectations and i think that that’s it is so spot on and that’s not a special ed issue that is a systems wide issue about being realistic now that looks differently in every category and our most vulnerable students in many cases are our special ed students so how do we address that and so i think acknowledging the fact that education will not be delivered over this 12 weeks that the schools are shut down they will not be delivered in a typical way it won’t be received some won’t even get it and so how are we realistic about that what are the realistic expectations of grade the promotion of graduation going to the next grade what are the expectations because i think tea ran out of the gate and just wanted to have school at home and that’s a whole nother reform issue with tea but you can’t have school to home and have success and that has to be understood as real not a shortcoming of ours it’s just reality and so we embrace uncomfortable and difficult realities accept them for what they are and then plan how do you work through that or pass that and so to think that we go into next year not that anybody here is thinking this but going into next year the kids will be ready for the instruction that is already scheduled for august 15th or whenever we go back and the the scope and sequence is the scope and sequence that we will be in is not a reality and you can’t front load all the learning that needed to happen that’s not fair and so you know we want to look at how we need to start planning for august this year we’re shut down we continue instruction we continue to provide support but structurally we’ve got to look to august of what that looks like and we want to plan with the district what’s up what that looks like but how do you take all of the curriculum from 12 weeks two six week periods and you don’t do that in the first three weeks of school which would be tempting i think in a lot of systems but how do you take that information understand what’s a necessity up front but how you could spread most of that over the course of the whole year and i’ve likened it to my first my my my oldest boy he was two months premature you know and he was behind he was in a nicu for 30 days it scared the living daylight out of my partner and i he didn’t catch up in a month he didn’t catch up in a year it took him years to emotionally and to physically catch up now it won’t take us years to do this but we have to view this challenge i think in a similar way with this i couldn’t get mad that my son was not as big as the rest of the kids it’s not its fault it just was same thing with the kids we can’t get mad because they didn’t get the instruction they needed we need to be there to support them through learning a little bit more so let’s spread it thinly over the entire year let’s look at how we take those lessons from the last 12 weeks and incorporate them throughout the year so that by the end of the year we might just be close to caught up but we will not do that up front and i think that’s very important in terms of our equity in terms of our academic you know being responsible academically and curricularly and so that we do you know that we acknowledge that as well and we move forward i thank you dr cruz in a very realistic honest way and not be ashamed of what we can’t do but be proud of what we are doing and what we’re going to do thank you um so with the last um portion of this i’d love to open this up a little bit to the panelists to hear anything that that they may want to say or need to say to us about um aisd and um our current pandemic and so if it’s okay i’d love to start with um kai and mrs wilson and then move to dr holly um after that mr bailey um mr rajicas ken and then dr cruz and i can i can type that in the chat or i can put that somewhere where um um and i’ll say it again i don’t mind saying that again okay all right guys there anything that you want us to know and mrs wilson about um aisd and the pandemic right now and and you um i would just like to take the time to um just voice my appreciation for the teachers we know that this is a hard time and they’re kind of chucking through for

us and we acknowledge that as students and i personally acknowledge that as a student and i see the work that they’re putting in and it’s greatly appreciated and as a parent and an educator myself i’ll say that all the work that the teachers are doing is heroic because we forget that they’re human they’re not robots they’re not isolated from this they’re in the middle of it with their own kids their own families and their own issues and their own struggles and they’re still finding the time the attention and the way to reach out and make sure that other people’s children are doing just as well as theirs so hat tip to all the teachers i i just tremendously have the most the utmost respect for everything that our educators are doing to make sure that we’re all okay in this so thank you and i also appreciate the support that aisd is providing to allow teachers the freedom to be able to do the stuff that they need to do the resources and the tools thank you um dr holly is there anything you’d like for us to know can you hear me yes all right first of all thank you all for having this forum i really appreciate the opportunity um i shared earlier that i thought this was just going to be a session with sherwin and chaz and we were going to kick it and then i saw a flyer and so i thought wow this is bigger than flyer then i’m grateful that you all chose um to invite us uh to have president rodriguez on and dr cruz on uh mr bailey and most importantly uh you know to have uh a student and a parent on i think is is is really phenomenal so i thank you all for choosing to have this conversation for the community and i want to let you all also know we’re going to have a conversation with students the equity office is sponsoring a conversation with students next week so that we can learn how they are experiencing this we we want to learn from our students who were in iss before this started we want to learn from students that truly are on on the margins of the system even when it’s in quote unquote normal and so we’re excited that you all are providing these opportunities for real conversations hope this won’t be our last opportunity to really talk because there are so few people that are centralizing the voices of the marginalized which you all pride yourselves on and um i thank you um again for allowing our leadership to come forward and talk about the things that we’re doing and the challenges that we’re having and doing them in such a beautiful way so this you all exemplify what a real partnership with our grassroots organization looks like so thank you again for the opportunity thank you um principal bailey um so i want to give a special recognition to just um austin justice coalition for having us and creating this platform looking at um odd individuals uh who are attending and looking at the engagement on uh the chat and the questions i appreciate that at the district level i appreciate the leadership that dr cruz and his team are doing currently one thing i share with students sometimes is it’s important to know the past because you can study and learn from your past but i really like to put a lot of focus on the present and then what are we doing in the future um so we keep that focus there so with the district level they are definitely becoming forward thinkers um like what mr ken was highlighting before thinking once we get through this pandemic till we determine when that ends what is instruction and education and experience look like for all stakeholders at all levels being a part of conversations with all the principals in the district and austin isd central office that’s where the conversations are we’re talking about what are we doing with our students and families right now but then in the future and forward thinking how are we going to continuously to provide support at various levels um looking at the campus staff members i want to give a huge accolade to our teachers uh teachers are having to think differently now they’re having to think about continuous instruction how do i design my lessons it’s not that you have 45 minute and 90 minute blocks of instruction for students it’s more chunk now so they’re being explicit on how can i design an a lesson that will keep a student engaged during this crisis that we’re experiencing easy to understand from the student perspective with minimum guidance from the teacher and also can the parent be able to help support as well and not put too much stress on the parent because they probably just trying to take her at a household and keep everybody in good spirits and so that’s and then our teachers are having to do that same thing with their families so i definitely give a you know

accolades all of our teachers and how they process and instruction and delivering instruction because this is a it’s changed now we would not go back to doing instruction like we did before this pandemic um now so i want to give a shout out to our students when i talk to the students and when the staff members talk to the students i ask questions like this when you spoke to the kid what words did the kid use don’t paraphrase don’t interpret like i want to know specifically what did the kids say in their language in their words so we can understand mentally what they’re dealing with so it’s good to see cali here because we’re hearing it not through third party we’re hearing it directly from the student how is this impacting their current livelihood as a student i got some students who want to give up some students who still struggling with the stress of not being able to go see their peers and their friends at school and so like someone said in this conversation some for some of our students no matter where you are school is like a safe place like a safe haven for a lot of kids and so uh definitely you know keeping our students in mind and then again to our parents thank you all for working with the district no one has all the answers to this but we definitely collectively coming together we get through this prevail and continue to transform support safety communication and then our instruction for our students thank you president rodriguez my apologies i was still on unmute um if you saw me kind of leaning into the computer i was trying to answer some of the questions on the chat and just providing some some resources there you know it’s it’s really symbolic of the wilson family in my gallery that i’m seeing the wilson family is right in the middle where they should be and all of us are around community partners the school district educate austin all of us and i think that’s really important i really appreciate y’alls voices today you know i’ll make this short i i really believe that the that dr cruz and his team are doing the right thing uh in closing schools and that you each and every one of you the 134 that are on here are saving lives every single day by practicing social distancing washing your hands 20 seconds cleaning surfaces and wearing facial coverings um and i would just like to end um by just thanking the hernandez family for the service of one of our food service workers who was uh the first person from aisd to pass away and i think it’s important to be reminded that this is a a serious crisis and and the first and foremost we had to take care of each other and then next obviously is making sure that we have the educational uh ability to progress uh towards next year but i really want to encourage each and every one of you to take care of each other and and we’ll get through this thank you um so next i’m going to move to um ken but before i do that dr cruz um when i move to you i do want to ask you the question because i get did get mr breckenridge question so i want to circle back around to that and then get your closing statements all right can is there anything you’d like for us to know so if you know me there’s always something you i’d like you to know so i’m sorry but um you know i this is who would think that that a month ago six weeks ago that we’d be on this call me and my car isolated stabbed some quiet from my house everybody in their own locations and talking like this we could have never imagined any of this happening but i go back to a couple of to particularly an old adage that i heard when i first started teaching i started teaching and student taught at burnett middle school in 97 got a job there in 98 and had the pleasure of working with nina for four or five years in the same portable area as her and and one of the things that i remember when i first started teaching is i was told that um they don’t the students will not remember what you taught them they will remember how you treated them now i want to think that my students remember a couple of things that i taught them however i want them to remember how i treated them that’s the most important thing and i think that that’s an approach that if we if we focus use that as our lens that is our focus we will be successful we won’t we can’t help but be successful if that’s what we kind of live by because the teaching and learning

will follow what my goal as a union president as the partner of a teacher in this district as a dad to kids in this district and you know as as a teacher of 12 years is i when we’re past this i don’t want people or teachers or employees i want them to say wow look what aisd did for us not what they did to us and i think that what’s really important here that i want to stress for people out there that are not inside the system like i have the great privilege to be is that we have seen transformation and evolution within the district as this has unfolded that we are very pleased with we have more room to go we as an organization have more room to go we have room to grow but we want to keep in mind let’s not worry so much we have to worry about what we teach them but let’s be more concerned with how we treat them and how they feel about that and what their experiences have been through this once in a lifetime once in a century ordeal that is people are facing death and dying how do we treat them that’s what will be remembered and i think we need to remember as we move forward i’m very appreciative for this space to be able to to share a few thoughts and for the great work that dr holly’s doing that that kai is a student i know the great work that she does that nina does as a as a teacher and and as a parent uh and as a partner herself of an educator uh you know what john bailey does at lbj and taking over a challenging space at lbj and really starting to turn things around uh president rodriguez for his leadership on the board to assure our community that we’re we’re in a good place and dr crews for listening for hearing those times that we can connect on the phone for hearing when teachers were drowning and employees were risking their lives going out you led the district to respond to that with the people that needed to respond and we’re thankful we’ve got a ways to go but we’re thankful we want to maintain hope that we will be better as an organization as a district and as a union and as a community that we will all be better as we come through this so thank you for this opportunity it was incredible thank you amber very much for for running out and sherwin for really running a wonderful session thank you so much thank you um all right dr cruz so i’m going to quickly ask you mr brecken which question because i promised that and the question is is there any possibility that the district will be able to place the four schools that are set to permanently be closed on hold if not how will the students parents staff excuse me students parents and staff members needs social emotional needs be met during this time especially knowing that they’re not able to have face-to-face closure that they need once that they once expected okay but first of all i do want to also say to thank to the austin justice coalition for the invitation uh to be part of this and be uh one of the panelists with the uh amazing individuals that i see on my on my screen as well and i appreciate president rodriguez how you talked about uh the wilson’s being right there in the middle and all of us supporting them which is that’s a pretty powerful visual uh and that’s important because that’s what it is that’s why we do this work uh and uh just wonderful that uh y’all are able to be part of this and thank you again for the invitation because um you know it’s it’s needed more communication more discussion more dialogue uh to continue to be serving our students and families in the way that we need to and that we want to uh as far as within the question right now our focus has been first on social emotional learning it’s going to take into different ways that’s really been our focus on making sure that we’ve continued paying our people so that pay continues that was one of the biggest concerns of folks if the district closes that means i’m not going to get paid and that’s 12 000 employees 12 000 employees within our organization and kids thinking about what’s going to happen next and we really had to focus on that the thing is we haven’t done everything we need to do yet we’re still it seems like well we heard there was a news item that went out about this and we heard about that it’s still 81 000 students just because a news item went out or because some information was shared it didn’t cover everybody i know that you all know that too so that still has to be our focus and it is of course especially on our schools four schools mentioned uh our teachers are still checking in

with our students our principals are checking in with our students that they’re doing that because that’s just who they are and it really is about taking care of our kids their social emotional needs listening to them and uh being responsive to that over time it didn’t just start today it’s been going on over time um and again i just really want to thanks for the opportunity to be part uh as a as a panelist here uh it’s been a learning experience for me as well because uh you know you got two years in one mouth and which one should you do more of right listen and i’ve always believed that and i just think it’s important uh that we understand the the work that’s happened and being proud of it but i think we’re the first to say that we have more to do and we haven’t gotten it all right but it’s through listening it’s not giving up that’s just that just can’t happen can never give up always focus on our students and understanding how we can best support our students and our families and again thank you for having this forum and thank i don’t see sherwin on the panel maybe he’s still around here somewhere but i also want to thank uh sharon for sherman for being part of this and then i get to see senora wilson yeah but she was like one of the first teachers when i was here who was when i was just with middle school she invited me to her classroom and i said of course i’m gonna go i mean just middle school and everything else and so i just really appreciate uh i still remember that time in your classroom and that’s been i don’t know over a decade ago or something like that but it was just one of those really fun engaging moments to see you in action with the kids thank you dr cruz um i do want to say that mr patton was having some technological issues and did have to go but i do want to thank him as well for being a co-moderator he was amazing and super helpful and i love the way that um he um flowed with me which is really great especially um in these times when we can’t be together and talk about these things beforehand in the same ways that we could before um so i appreciate i appreciate the opportunity to be able to do this and the time that all of you have taken to be on this panel with me um and the thought um that you put into your answers i appreciate all of that um chaz do you want to close this out yeah um amber i just want to i want to thank you so much for um allowing me to be me and doing this at the at the last second um definitely want to thank miss miss wilson both of them um because like amber said here at ajc we think it is um all but important to um how uplift the voices of the most impacted and that is our students and families in aiz and um i want you both to know that um if you need anything that’s what ajc is here for and i would i think we should definitely do something with students only and parents only um so ms wilson if you would like to the student ms wilson um if you’d like to help us with that we will be more than honored to use our platform for that dr cruz um geronimo thank you all for jumping on um last second um dr holly you know you are just awesomeness exude you like you exude awesomeness john um it’s a proud member of cap apple inside we went to college together and i i i knew him well before he was a well-respected principal but i’m glad to see he’s doing good work um and ken you know um i really appreciate all the work you do on behalf of all my students but especially our teachers who are um front line um um workers for sure um and and i wanted to address um because i think it’s important we try to have um the translation thing work but that didn’t really pan out so i wanted to give um um superintendent cruz and geronimo rodriguez a few seconds to address the latino our spanish speaking community um if you wanted to just so we can um try to be as inclusive that we can and um you know as we’re going through this this zoom era which which i’m sure the textbooks will call it someday um you know we’re still working out the kings but i think it’s important to address our spanish-speaking community um at this time if you want dr cruz you want to go first you want me to all right you you hit drama yeah i’ll go after you uh

thank you all right i want to thank everyone for joining us and you’ll have a great night wait i’d like to address the hispanic community one second this is angela carrazzo domingo and domingo alla stressing is okay sorry about that angelica all right y’all have a great night you