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Remote Learning

Beginning on November 9, 2020, remote learning will only be available to students who meet one fo the following criteria:

  • The student is required to quarantine because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure to a contagious individual.
  • The student is required to remain at home because of a medical condition unrelated to the COVID-19 virus.
  • The student lives in a home with a medically fragile individual.
  • The student lives in a home with an individual over the age of 65.

If your child meets one of these criteria and you wish to request remote learning, please contact the campus principal who can discuss the request, provide information on required documentation, and approve changes to your child’s instructional arrangements.

In a remote learning model, students attend class asynchronously through the district’s learning management system (LMS) to complete their course assignments.  In this system, students may log in to the learning management system and complete tasks at any time, however, to be counted present, students must log in to the system each day and complete specific tasks. It is important for parents who are deciding on the type of instruction they wish their children to receive understand that the remote instruction provided this year will be very different from what was available last spring.

Remote learners will be required to participate in classroom activities each day, and attendance will be recorded.  All students, remote and on-campus, must be in attendance for 90% of the instructional days that a class is offered to receive credit for that class.

In addition, remote learners will be required to complete all of the assignments and tests as on-campus learners, meet the same deadlines as on-campus learners, and the work for remote learners will be graded in the same way as the work of on-campus learners.  Grades for all learners will be reported on report cards and progress reports and will be factored into GPA calculations.

To be successful in a remote learning environment, students must possess a high degree of self-discipline and must commit to spending as much time on lessons as they would spend in a face-to-face environment.  For younger students, parents must make a substantial commitment as well.  Based on data from our first grading period, less than 20% of students who enroll in remote learning are successful.

General Information

  • The district will use the Schoology LMS for remote learners. 
  • Instructional materials, assignments, and lessons will be posted on Schoology for all students.
  • Attendance will be taken each day for remote learners.
  • Remote learners will be required to complete the same assignments and tests as on-campus learners.
  • Remote learning will be graded, and grades will be recorded on report cards and used for GPA calculations.
  • Remote learners will be provided with Chromebooks to access course content. 

An internet connection is required.  Any parent of a remote learner who does not have access to the internet should contact the campus principal immediately to discuss possible alternatives.

Registering for Remote Learning

Parents must register their students for remote learning using the online form on the district website.  Any request for remote learning requires a commitment of one grading period before students are permitted to return to on-campus learning.  All requests must be made one week prior to the beginning of the grading period for which remote learning is to be approved.

Transitions to or from remote learning during a grading period will not be allowed except in rare circumstances.

Attendance

Students enrolled in remote learning must log in to the Schoology LMS each day and complete specific activities to be counted as present.  In addition, students in grades 7 – 12 must log in to each class each day to be counted present for that class.

Any student who is marked absent for more than 10% of the course will not receive credit, regardless of the reason for the absence.

Students who are enrolled in remote learning are not exempt from state truancy laws and could be subject to truancy prevention measures.  These could include a behavior improvement plan, school-based community service, or a referral to counseling. A student who is between the ages of 12 to 18 may also be referred to a truancy court. In addition, parents may be criminally charged or fined if their child continues to miss school.

Course Availability

Not all classes can be offered through remote instruction.  The following high school elective courses are not available through remote learning:

  • Art I
  • Child Guidance
  • Floral Design
  • Greenhouse Operations and Production
  • Guitar
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Theater Arts
  • Welding I
  • Welding II

Please contact the high school principal for more information on these courses.

Extracurricular Participation

Students who are enrolled in remote learning will be permitted to participate in extracurricular and UIL activities.  Some restrictions and participation requirements will apply.  Please contact the event sponsor for a complete list of participation requirements.

Additional Information

New information will be posted to the district website as it becomes available.  Please check back often to be sure that you have the most current information.

If you have questions, please contact the campus offices at the following numbers:

Students and parents of students in grades 7 – 12 should contact Dr. Josh Smith, High School Principal, at 325-854-1400 x 302.

Students and parents of students in PK – 6 should contact Michael Waggoner, Elementary Principal, at 325-854-1400 x 309