Lots of parents and students are wondering what will happen in the upcoming school year. Will there be in-class sessions or will school be a virtual reality?

How do you plan for an upcoming school year when you're not sure how school will proceed? Some of those questions are starting to be answered.

According to KXTX, Temple ISD will offer both in-class and remote instruction for parents to chose from, which is in line with Texas Education Agency guidelines.

Parents of students in the Temple ISD can make their choice starting August 5th at 8am. They'll have until 5pm on August 7th to decide. More information is available on the Temple ISD Back to School 2020 page.

If a parent does not select an option, the default option will be in-class participation for that student. Also, keep in mind that you must commit to a full grading period for whatever your decision is. The first grading period is from Aug. 19 through Sept. 25.

More info is available at the Temple ISD website.

The below info was released on July 13.

Summary of a Traditional, On-Campus Setting

• Full school day, Mon-Fri

• Positive COVID-19 cases will be isolated to localized, direct contact treatments and not result in whole school or district-wide closures

• Student(s) could transition to a remote, home-based option due to a positive COVID-19 case

• Face coverings required of staff for food handling, transportation and only recommended for other staff in large groups, common areas and passing periods (unless required by order)

• Face coverings (if required by order) for students in Grades 6-12; and optional for elementary students

• Teachers may require students over 10 years of age to wear face coverings while in their classrooms. In these cases, the student will be expected to either wear the district-issued cloth face covering or bring one of their own.

• Visitors & volunteers will not be permitted unless a formal appointment is made

• Daily screening procedures such as touchless temperature checks

• Required pick-up within one hour of parents being notified by the school nurse of a child’s illness

• Bus services as normal, but windows are down temperature permitting

• Altered specials/electives/extra-curriculars based on conditions allowed and guidance from UIL

• Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing (stations throughout the building and classrooms)

• It is recommended for students to bring their own water bottle

• Restroom usage limited and regulated

• Special program services offered as normal

• Possible reduction in student movement/transitions in buildings

• Limited sharing of school supplies

• More assigned seating and workstations

• Physical distancing in classrooms, as feasible

• Possible reduction in bus capacity due to number of remote learners

• Limited activities that require large gatherings

Summary of Remote, Home-Based Option

• Full school day, Mon-Fri

• Attendance will be taken daily to fulfill local and state requirements

• All instruction will either be delivered/facilitated online, with workbooks and/or packets

• Online instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous

• Assigned TISD teacher and district curriculum

• TISD teacher will communicate daily/weekly learning expectations in the district learning management system (See Saw/Google Classroom/Schoology, Edgenuity)

• Daily progress can be made through student learning plans as defined by the teacher in the learning management system

• Students will be expected to participate in district/state assessments to document student learning and growth as required by the State

• Students may be required to test onsite at an assessment center

• Scheduled instruction and interaction will be made available by the virtual teacher

• Students will turn in daily assignments to the teacher through the Learning Management System

(See Saw, Google Classroom, Schoology, Edgenuity)

• Teachers will provide feedback to students and use district grading guidelines on all assignments

• Altered specials, extracurriculars and electives

• Student-issued device will only be provided through an extenuating circumstance provision

• Internet connection required

• Social-emotional support provided

• Special program services available

• Some electives will have on-campus requirements

Killeen ISD also released its back to school plans this week, as did Copperas Cove ISD. Belton officials were meeting Wednesday to continue work on their plan.

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