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The HISD Student At-Home Survival Guide

  • It's a contradiction. No one really wants to go to school (well, not most of us) but at the same time, you're missing the quality time with friends that makes the whole school thing tolerable. Don't give up hope, here's a few tips to help you through these weird, weird times.

    1. Maintain your sleep schedule
      The human body really likes being in a rut. Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It's also known as your sleep/wake cycle. Make sure you're going to bed (and getting out of it) at about the same time you would if you were still going to school everyday.

    2. Go to school... At home!
      As you're probably aware, HISD has set up an At-Home Learning web site at https://learn-at-home.hisd.com. This site is chocked full of lessons, assignments, site links and guides to help you guys stay engaged with school work. There's also info for contacting your teachers and staying in touch -- BTW, they really want to hear from you. Spend a few hours (at least) everyday checking in and doing assignments.

    3. Break-up your day
      Treat your home day just like a school day and break it into manageable chunks. Don't try to do all your assignments in one sitting, block out a little me time along the way. If you're in band or choir (or just into music) take a break to practice. Like art? Draw, sketch, paint, set your imagination free. If you're in athletics, go out and run some wind sprints or kick a ball around. The idea is to add a little variety to your schedule. Don't spend the whole day sitting in one place, doing one thing. Have some fun with it.

    4. Go outside
      It's not like we're quarantined here... Get some sunshine on your face. Go for a walk or run, ride a bike, lie in the grass, enjoy the outdoors -- pretend like it's recess. This would be a great time to soak in some of the incoming Springtime goodness.

    5. Chat with friends
      Listen up, this is probably one of the most important things you need to do: Stay close to your people. Text, call, chat, IM, whatever it takes but stay in touch. They need you as much as you need them, trust us on this one. For some real fun, setup a Google Hangout with your lunch crew. Yep, invite your whole table to a Hangout and share in the daily drama your brain craves.

    6. Send a card or letter to nursing home residents
      As the country continues to battle the spread of coronavirus, many nursing homes, including those in our area, are encouraging visitors to stay away to protect the elderly and at-risk population from the virus. This includes family and volunteers. Show your love by sending a card or letter, here's a list of retirement facilties in our area:

      • Brookdale: 2920 N Eastman Rd, Longview, TX 75605
      • Parkview on Hollybrook: 601 Hollybrook Dr, Longview, TX 75605
      • Alpine House: 2104 Alpine Rd, Longview, TX 75601
      • Arabella of Longview: 1155 E Hawkins Pkwy, Longview, TX 75605
      • Heartis Longview: 1408 Lago Trail, Longview, TX 75604
      • Trinity Timbers Assisted Living: 3102 Gilmer Rd, Longview, TX 75604
      • Hawkins Creek: 311 E Hawkins Pkwy, Longview, TX 75605
      • Colonial Village Retirement: 2910 N Eastman Rd, Longview, TX 75605
      • The Clairmont: 3201 N Fourth St, Longview, TX 75605
      • Buckner Westminster Place: 2201 Horseshoe Ln, Longview, TX 75605
      • Brookdale Henderson: 1000 Richardson Dr, Henderson, TX 75654
      • Whispering Pines Lodge Nursing home: 2131 Alpine Rd, Longview, TX 75605
      • Page Place II Retirement home: 1903 Page Rd, Longview, TX 75601
      • Treviso Transitional Care: 1154 E Hawkins Pkwy, Longview, TX 75605
      • Click here for a more definitive list of nursing homes in your area.

    Got some other ideas on how to stay sane? We want to hear from you!

  • Updated: Thu 19 Nov 2020 15:31:05 PM CST - Mark Page [mpage@hisd.com]