What instructional options will be available for my child at the start of school year 2020-2021?
Calallen ISD is committed to providing options to families in making decisions regarding the appropriate learning environment for their student. For the fall of 2020, Calallen ISD will provide two methods of instructional delivery:
Option 1: In-Person, Face-to-Face Instruction
Student will participate in daily, 100% face-to-face (F2F) instruction following a traditional model. Campuses will strictly adhere to health guidance regarding prevention, response, and mitigation practices.
Option 2: Virtual Instruction
Student will participate in daily, 100% virtual learning environment. Students will continue learning at the pace of the current Calallen ISD scope and sequence. The level of rigor, workload, time commitment, and scheduling of classes will be the primary differences between what was experienced in the Spring of 2020 and what will be expected in the Fall of 2020.
When will I have to determine which instructional method is best for my student?
On August 5th, Calallen ISD will begin collecting commitments from parents/guardians through Skyward Family Access regarding their preferred method of instruction for their student in the fall of 2020. Parents/guardians will have until Sunday, August 9th to submit their choice of instructional model. Parents/guardians must submit a commitment for each of their students.
Can my student who is attending virtually participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes, students who have selected to attend virtually may participate in extracurricular activities afterschool only. Virtual students should not be on campus during the regular instructional day without permission from an administrator.
What would be a typical day or schedule in the Calallen Virtual School?
Below please find sample student schedules for the Calallen Virtual School:
Can the school require my student to attend face-to-face instruction and not virtual?
Yes, if the school believes it is in the best educational interest of the child, they can request that a student attend face-to-face instruction. Students who are unsuccessful in the virtual environment will be asked to transition to F2F instruction.
If there is a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Coastal Bend, will the school close?
If Calallen ISD is ordered to be closed by state or local officials, instruction for all students will then be provided in a virtual platform. Students are required to receive 75,600 minutes of instruction, which can be provided in a virtual/remote platform.
Will the grading system be different between virtual and face-to-face instruction?
No, all students will be subject to the same grading guidelines whether they are participating in virtual or in-person instruction. Schools must adopt local grading policies that are consistent across platforms.
Can the school require my student who is participating virtually to come on to campus?
Yes, in some cases. Some courses may have coursework that can only reasonably be completed in person, even if some of the components of the course can be taught virtually. Courses with on-campus requirements are listed on the Calallen Virtual School page. Students who need to come to campus to complete assignments will be assigned after school hours by their teacher. Students participating in virtual instruction are not allowed on campus during the regular school day without adminitrator approval.
Will my student be subject to the 90% attendance rule to earn credit for their course?
Yes, attendance policies are still in place for all students. In order to be promoted to the next grade level, or receive credit for a course, a student must be in attendance 90% of the time the class is offered. The minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC, §25.092, will be in effect for the 2020–2021 school year.
If my student attends the Calallen Virtual School do I submit notes for absences?
Yes, the reason for student absences must be documented the same for virtual as F2f students. Parents/guardians must submit a note or doctor excuse either in person, or electronically to the campus.
Can my student complete an entire week's worth of work on Monday and earn attendance for the week?
No, student engagement is measured daily, and attendance is assigned based on the student's completion of that day's engagement measure. Students who do not complete the daily measure of engagement are to be counted absent for that day.
Will truancy laws be in effect during the 2020-2021 school year?
Yes, truancy laws will apply to students who fail to attend school either in-person or virtually.
Can students who attended a private or home school enroll in Calallen ISD?
Yes, students who attended a private school, including a home school, in Texas the prior year can enroll in Calallen ISD. However, families must commit to students attending school face-to-face at some point during the school year. Students may not remain in virtual instruction for the entire school year.