Instructional Continuity 2020-2021 School Year.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Calallen ISD will be offering parents the option of their student attending school in a traditional face-to-face (F2F) model, or attending the Calallen ISD Virtual School. As a district, we are committed to providing the best possible learning environment for each of our students. We want families to be confident in their decision, and have developed materials to assist in making a decision that is right for your student and your family. The Calallen ISD Re-Opening Task Force has worked dilligently to develop a comprehensive plan that will outline options and expectations for student learning. Calallen ISD is committed to meeting student needs - academically, socially, and emotionally in a way that supports each student's growth and development.
Please note, that regardless of the instructional model selected, each student will be required to complete 75,600 minutes of instruction during the 2020-2021 school year. Both models, virtual and on campus face-to-face will follow a full day schedule, and will be comparable in rigor and and expectation. Students will be responsible for recording daily attendance, and making progress in their learning in order to be promoted to the next grade level or receive credit for the course.
Beginning on August 5th, parents/guardians will be required to commit to an instructional model for the first six weeks of school. After the first six weeks, parents/guardians may elect to change the mode of instruction at each progress reporting period (every three weeks), as long as two weeks advanced notice is provided to the campus. Due to the current state of COVID-19, Calallen ISD has adopted a school calendar that will not support face-to-face instruction until September 8th. Therefore, all students will participate in the Calallen Virtual School from August 19th through September 4th.
Beginning September 8th, Calallen ISD will begin transitioning students who committed to face-to-face instruction back into school buildings.
- September 8th and 9th: Face-to-face instruction begins for the following grades and student groups - Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 4, Grade 6, Grade 9, and students in self-contained special education classrooms. This phase-in of students will allow students new to campuses the opportunity to orient to the new environment in a safe and healthy way.
- September 10th: Face-to-face instruction begins for all other students who selected the on-campus model of instruction.
Traditional In-Person Face-to-Face:
The district has developed a Re-Opening Health and Safety Plan that explains for families how the district will mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This detailed plan outlines the measures that will be in place to support a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff. Students participating in face-to-face instruction will experience learning that is similar to what traditionally takes place in our schools. Health protocols will impact the way instruction is delivered and students interact, but will support an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. In this model, students will participate in daily, 100% F2F instruction following a traditional schedule. Campuses will strictly adhere to health guidance regarding prevention, response, and mitigation of COVID-19.
The district has developed a plan to support a comprehensive online curriculum that will provide students learning virtually access to the same quality content as students who attend F2F. Students will participate in a daily 100% vitual learning environment. Students will continue to learn at the same pace of the standard Calallen ISD scope and sequence curriculum. The level of rigor, workload, time commitment, and scheduling of classes will be the primary difference between what was expected in the Spring of 2020, and what is expected in the Fall of 2020. Students and families should be aware that expectations of students participating in the Calallen Virtual School will be comparable to a student attending F2F, and will have expectations that demand a full day of learning for students.
In order for school districts to receive funding from the Texas Education Agency, an asynchronous plan must be submitted and approved. Calallen ISD has drafted an asynchronous plan and has submitted it to the Texas Education Agency for review.