BISD reopening plan for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

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Contents
Overview/Timeline
Enrollment/ Learning Modes
Student Supports
Student Sample Schedules
Safety Protocols
Health Services Protocols
Board Meeting with Timestaps
 
At-Home Learning Resources
-BISD @Home
Parents and Guardians
• Students Resources
Teachers Resources
Distribution Information
 
Business and Operations
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Instructional Programs
-Special Education Services
-Dyslexia/504 Services
-Technology
-Athletics

Well-Being and Safety
-Guidance and Counseling
-Health Services
-Food and Nutrition Services
-Police and Security

Support Services
-Parent Engagement
-Maintenance Department
-Transportation Department
-Public Education Information Management System/Pupil Services
-Public Relations and Community Engagement


 
Curriculum & Instruction
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Early Childhood Education
Elementary Virtual Instructional Plan
• Secondary Virtual Instructional Plan
-Middle School
-High School
College, Career, and Military Readiness
Career and Technical Education
Fine Arts
Library and Media Services
Grants
Innovation, Strategy, Education, and Technology
Bilingual
Leadership Planning
Technology Support
Professional Development


 

 













































































































ENROLLMENT
New student enrollment will be completed online at www.bisd.us . Parents can reach out directly to the requested school of enrollment for further assistance.

● Parents can find their zoned school and its contact information at www.bisd.us/Directory/Zoning Maps
● Parents who are new to BISD and are interested in enrolling their child/children in a school outside their attendance zone may apply for an Intra-District transfer until August 1 st (as per FDB (LOCAL).
● Intra-District transfer applications are available at www.bisd.us or Pupil Services website.
● Parents who reside outside of BISD boundaries and wish to attend a BISD school may fill out an Inter-District application.
● Inter-District applications are available at www.bisd.us or Pupil Services website. For more information or to request assistance you may contact Pupil Services at (956)544-3966.
● BISD is working to digitize completion and submission of enrollment package.
● Spots are still available for Pre-Kindergarten. Specific availability is available at www.bisd.us . Parents should contact the
● requested school for additional information and space availability.

All currently enrolled BISD students will be rolled over to their zoned campus and are not required to complete any additional enrollment paperwork.


LEARNING MODES
The school district will offer face to face instruction as well as remote learning  (synchronous/asynchronous). Parents can choose to send their child to school or keep  them home for distance learning. Parents will need to commit to distance two weeks  before the start of the school year. Parents who choose distance learning and wish for  their child to switch to face to face learning, the student would need to wait until the end of  the marking period to change to face to face learning. 

Face To Face Instruction
(To be determined)

 

Students will adhere to a specified schedule  provided by the school and they will be  physically present in the classroom and are  guided by the teacher through methods  such as whole group learning, individual  learning, guided practice and independent  practice, following all health and safety  measures.

Hybrid Learning  9-12th Grade Face to face instruction but the number of students attending is lower due to students attending two days face to face and 3 days remote.





Remote
Learning


Synchronous Learning
3rd-12th Grade
Instruction between teachers and students  through the computer or other electronic  devices during a specific time of the day.

 Asynchronous Learning Pre-K-12th Grade
On demand instruction will be provided to  students. Students will complete the daily  assignments via a Learning Management  System or telephone. 







SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING:

Students will start the school year through remote learning modes. The students will need to have access to the internet and a device in order to be able to interact live with the teacher. For asynchronous learning, students need to be able to utilize the learning management system but can also participate in class utilizing smart phones, email, or other means of communication.

Synchronous Instruction: TEA defines it as a two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method the students are required to meet the following minutes virtually:

Pk-2
3-5 180 minutes
6-12: 240 minutes

The students must be “present” virtually utilizing a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC 28.002.

Remote Asynchronous Instruction:
TEA defines this as instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as pre-recorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC 28.002.

SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING PROTOCOLS:
Required:
● Synchronous learning occurs when learners and instructors are interacting in real time, typically through delivery platforms.
● Students must adhere to a schedule for engagement in the classroom and to be counted present.
● Parents must commit to distance learning in writing.
● Progress monitoring is required for synchronous learning.
● TEA will not allow synchronous learning for PK-2.

ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING PROTOCOLS:
Required:
● Asynchronous learning is an instructional design that allows students to access content or participate in learning outside of the classroom and at their convenience.
● The distance learning platform must have the ability to identify when students log-in for attendance and progress monitoring.
● The instructor must communicate with student on a daily basis via email, telephone, learning platform, etc.
● Progress monitoring is required for all asynchronous learners.
● TEA allows asynchronous learning for PK-12.

FACE TO FACE INSTRUCTION:

Prior to campuses opening-up to employees, parents, students, and community, the campuses will be thoroughly disinfected in accordance with health guidelines. The campuses will also be equipped with the necessary disinfecting supplies and personal protective equipment (ppe).
ENROLLMENT:
New student enrollment will be completed online at www.bisd.us . Parents can reach out directly to the requested school of enrollment for further assistance.
● Parents can find their zoned school and its contact information at www.bisd.us/Directory/Zoning Maps
● Parents who are new to BISD and are interested in enrolling their child/children in a school outside their attendance zone may apply for an Intra-District transfer until August 1 st (as per FDB (LOCAL).
● Intra-District transfer applications are available at www.bisd.us or Pupil Services website.
● Parents who reside outside of BISD boundaries and wish to attend a BISD school may fill out an Inter-District application.
● Inter-District applications are available at www.bisd.us or Pupil Services website. For more information or to request assistance you may contact Pupil Services at (956)544-3966.
● BISD is working to digitize completion and submission of enrollment package.
● Spots are still available for Pre-Kindergarten. Specific availability is available at www.bisd.us . Parents should contact the
● requested school for additional information and space availability. All currently enrolled BISD students will be rolled over to their zoned campus and are not required to complete any additional enrollment paperwork.
ATTENDANCE:
Students who participate virtually (synchronous or asynchronous) ) through Seesaw or Google Classroom and submit required assignments are considered “present” and will not be marked absent. Per Texas Education Code (TEC 25.092), students must attend 90% of the day a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade level. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-21 school year.

Attendance Policy
To be considered “present” and not be marked absent students must meet one or more of the following learning requirements:
● Participate via Seesaw or Google Classroom and complete independent reading or work assignments.
● Interact with teacher virtually via Seesaw or Google Classroom as part of a live or small group instruction.
● Complete and submit assignments via Seesaw or Google Classroom. When unable to submit via the Learning Management System, students can submit assignments via emails, photos, phone conference or other forms of documentation.

Students who have not met at least one of these requirements by the times listed below will be marked absent.
Elementary: 3:15 PM
Middle School: 3:00 PM
High School: 4:30 PM

The student’s absence can be resolved if the student is able to complete one of the three requirements listed above by 11:59 PM on that same day.
GRADING POLICY:
● Grades will be recorded by teachers through the district Student Information System.
● Grades will be calculated in accordance with the 2020-2021 Elementary and Secondary Grading Policy.
● Dual Enrollment courses will be subject to the grading policies of both the district and the Institution of Higher Education.
● Teachers will record grades in accordance with the district grading policy. Grades will be available for students and parents to view through the BISD Home Access Center (HAC).

Teachers will be provided training and guidance on the recording of remote learning grades and the grading policy for 2020-2021. Teachers must ensure they follow the 2020-2021 Grading Policy for both face to face and remote learning students in order to ensure consistency.
PROGRESS MONITORING:
Teachers will continue to utilize Tango Central, Eduphoria, and the Online Grading System to ensure progress monitoring of students.

● The learning management systems to be utilized for the 2020-2021 school year are Seesaw PK-2 or Google Classroom PK-12. The dual enrollment programs may utilize other learning management systems such as Canvas. These systems can also be utilized for progress monitoring and for teachers to make decisions for tutorials, remediation, and interventions.
● Data systems (Tango and Eduphoria) will be utilized to collect check point and benchmark data for progress monitoring.
● Data collected will be utilized to identify students needing additional supports and interventions.
● District level departments will utilize student data to implement additional support and interventions for campuses deemed as “focus” campuses.

 
 

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