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Reopening 2020-21

Andrews Independent School District is excited to welcome students back to school on August 13. Despite extensive challenges, Andrews ISD will continue to provide the excellent education to our students, including face-to-face and remote learning opportunities. As the public health crisis continues, we have been planning for the opening of the 2020-21 school year with a focus on the health, safety and well-being of our staff, students and community.

 

While Andrews ISD is planning for two different instructional environments, our plan follows recommendations for school opening provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and state and local health officials.

 

The situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing, as are the protocols and measures needed to keep students and staff safe. Plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes and these guidelines may be modified as needed. As adjustments may be necessary throughout the coming school year, it is our priority to keep the community informed of those changes and updates. The Andrews ISD website will provide you with the most up-to-date information.

 

This fall, AISD will be implementing instructional practices to provide consistency across learning environments and ensure the safety of students and staff. However, AISD recommends face-to-face learning as the best overall method for student success.

 
Option 1: Full-time in-person on campuses, with heightened hygiene and disinfection protocols.
    • In this setting, teachers will provide learning resources, and support utilizing online learning systems.

    • Teachers will plan instruction that is quickly and easily transferable from face-to-face to remote in the event of a temporary school closure due to COVID-19 spread.

    • District-directed and campus-designed safety procedures will be implemented.

    • Gr. 6-12 students will be assigned schedules based on their course selections made last spring.

    • In accordance with state guidelines, students at Underwood Elementary, the middle school and high school will be required to wear facial coverings on campus.
    • Students will be socially distanced 3-6 ft apart when feasible.
    • Heightened cleaning procedures will be in place.
    • If your student plans to participate in athletics or extracurricular activities, you must choose the in-person option. 
    • Please see our website for further information regarding our safety protocols and plans.
 
Option 2:  Full-time virtual online learning
    • Teachers will teach AISD Remote Learning students from their classrooms or other assigned AISD facilities.

    • In this setting, teachers will also provide instruction, learning resources and support through the use of online learning systems.

    • Parents will support students as a “learning coach” and ensure they have access to a device, a place to work and are engaged in virtual learning activities. Additionally, parents will acknowledge their need to supervise their child(ren) learning, attendance, etc. Parents will have to be much more involved in their student’s remote learning activities compared to face-to-face learning.

    • We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students, and parents as we work together to ensure each student is academically ready.

    • Teachers will utilize the same curriculum as students who attend face-to-face instruction and will design strategies for learning in the remote environment. However, remote learning does not have the same academic benefits as face-to-face instruction.

    • Grading will be consistent with the guidelines and practices used in all face-to-face instruction.

    • Asynchronous learning (students engage in the learning materials on their own time) will be expected of ALL AISD students that choose Remote Learning. 
 
Parents will have the option of choosing the model that is best for their student(s). Parents will make their selection of instructional model through a designation form. We are asking for families to commit to their learning option for a semester. Please note that in the event that face-to-face instruction is delayed and all students are required to begin school in a virtual environment, your option will take effect once students are allowed to return to school face-to-face.
 
The designation form will be sent to families on Thursday, July 24, 2020. We are asking that the forms be completed by Thursday, July 30, 2020. One form per student will need to be completed. If families do not complete the designation form by July 30, we will assume that they are opting for the traditional face-to-face model of instruction. Timely completion of the commitment form is critical to the district in order to successfully staff, design master schedules, plan for classroom space, and plan for both models of instruction.  

Regardless of the option that you choose, the expectations for courses and the grading guidelines will be the same. We know that you likely have many questions before making this important decision. 

 

We will be posting an FAQ page (links in the submenu to the right) and will continually update this page as information is developed and is available to the District. This information will guide you in making an informed decision as to what you feel is best for your student(s).  We know that the Fall semester will look completely different, but we are steadfast in our commitment to provide quality instruction whether in a face-to-face environment or in a virtual setting.