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2020-2021 Update Center

FULL RETURN TO LEARN PLAN (IN ONGOING DRAFT FORM)
 
Please Note:

Information in this document is subject to change based on the fluid nature of community health concerns and new information provided by the Texas Education Agency & other governing entities.

 
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FIRST DAY (AUG. 20) INFO
Welcome back! This is definitely a first day to remember, but we're counting on you to help make it great.
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ONLINE LEARNERS
 
Class Questions:
A reminder that if you are learning online today, you should contact your teacher through Schoology if you have questions. Schoology info is found here: https://www.bryanisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1799974&type=d&pREC_ID=1969666
 
Schoology Info:
 
Schoology Login Instructions:
 
Tech Help:
979-209-1175 (Wait times are likely longer on the first day) or bisd_helpdesk@bryanisd.org
 
General Questions or to Arrange a Laptop Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Please call your child's school (Wait times are likely longer on the first day)
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ONSITE LEARNERS
 
Transportation
979-209-7130 (Wait times are likely longer on the first day)
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Have a great first day!
LATEST INFO
 
The First Day of School is Aug. 20, 2020
 
Student Schedules
 
Student schedules are in the Home Access Center (grades.bryanisd.org).
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If you’ve lost your Home Access Center login information and aren’t able to retrieve it using the instructions on the HAC site, please email hac@bryanisd.org.

Need to register for HAC? Here's a Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1dcqeFStWqXlSYUfl3MYrPAYiG1xj8D3sX9KpjsWy8aA/mobilebasic
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If you don’t see your child’s schedule or have questions about it, please contact your child’s school counselor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION?
 
What measures will be in place to ensure a safe environment?

We will implement increased cleaning and increased signage around campuses promoting health safety practices and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing. While there is an order in place, face coverings will be required for staff and students older than 10, as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Bryan ISD will comply with all health safety recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.

Will health and safety training be provided for all staff and students?

All staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of school. All students will receive instruction on health protocols related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

How many students will be assigned to each classroom?

Bryan ISD will follow TEA guidelines for class size while arranging classrooms in a way that allows for social distancing. The maximum number of students per class varies by grade level and also varies by class at the secondary level. We expect that some families will prefer online learning so our hope is to lower class sizes once we have that information.

Will cafeterias be open and will school lunches be served?

Cafeterias will be open to serve breakfast and lunch daily. The physical setup for the cafeteria and the schedule will be adjusted to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. Each campus cafeteria space will be evaluated to ensure social distancing. Some students will be eating in the cafeteria, spaced according to the recommended guidelines, and other students may eat in the classroom if necessary. Health safety measures will be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.

Will bus transportation be provided for qualified students?

Yes, transportation will continue to be provided for all who qualify but we encourage parents to bring their child to school if at all possible. Bus transportation is provided for all special education students and eligible general education students who live two or more miles from their school or in areas specially designated by the Transportation Department.

How will seating arrangements be determined on school buses?

Ridership will remain at typical district capacity, however we anticipate fewer riders because some students will select At-Home learning. To support contact tracing, students will be assigned seats, and a seating chart will be maintained by the bus driver. Face coverings will be required for the bus driver, aids and students older than 10 as required by the TEA. The use of provided hand sanitizer will be highly encouraged when boarding and exiting the bus. Bryan ISD will comply with all health safety recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Students are required to remain seated at all times and keep their hands and arms to themselves. Students should not touch each other or share any items. School buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.

How will social distancing be promoted in cafeterias, gyms, restrooms, and other commons areas?

Signage reminding students and staff about social distancing, handwashing, and infection prevention will be posted throughout the school. Elementary classrooms will be assigned specific bathrooms, breakfast, lunch, and gym access times to reduce the number of students in any given area as much as possible. Secondary students will be encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.

What precautions will be in place for athletics, fine arts, and other extracurricular activities?

Safety guidelines will continue to be monitored and revised accordingly for conducting all on-campus workouts, rehearsals, and practices. The district will continue to follow all guidelines provided by UIL, TEA, and the state. These safety guidelines will be published as soon as they become available. Some students in grades 7-12 may also elect the hybrid option thereby only coming to school for these classes or other highly specialized courses.

My child is enrolled in dual credit classes for Fall 2020. What should I know as a parent/student?

As we finalize the master schedules to coincide with Blinn College, more details will be forthcoming.

Will students have recess or the ability to play and socialize with other students?

Elementary campuses will limit the number of students at recess at one time and create different play areas for activities. Students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands before and after recess.

Will students in grades 7-12 be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs and organization meetings?

Yes, students who select at-home or face-to-face learning may participate in clubs and/or organizations. Meetings may be held virtually, as applicable. Students must have their own transportation to and from campus.

What happens if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Will the entire classroom have to quarantine? What if multiple classrooms and students/staff are impacted? Will students be able to participate in At-Home Learning during the quarantine?
 
Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. When notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities, the campus/district will conduct contact tracing (going back over who the student has been in direct contact with). Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine. In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education of these students will continue through At-Home Learning for the duration of the quarantine period. If this takes place, instructional resources will be distributed as applicable.

What happens if my child’s campus is temporarily closed during the school year?

During the period of the school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are delivered through the online learning management systems, Schoology or Edgenuity. Students will be provided flexibility to participate in online classes with teacher interaction and engagement. A student’s schedule may reflect short periods of synchronous learning scheduled throughout the day followed by time for independent, asynchronous learning activities. It should also include breaks and lunch. The schedule will vary by grade, course, or student. A caregiver will need to be available to support younger students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed. During At-Home Learning, time management will be critical to student success. Students, teachers, and parents should utilize frequent communication regarding daily schedules and assignments to ensure that students are progressing towards mastery of the learning outcomes. If this takes place, instructional resources will be distributed as applicable.
 
What online learning management system will be used to support elementary students?

The benefit of an online learning management system (Schoology) is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Schoology helps organize assignments, boosts collaboration, and fosters communication. For those students who choose On-Campus Learning, these tools will be used as a digital extension of the classroom. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.

What online learning management system will be used to support secondary students?

The benefit of an online learning management system (Schoology) is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Secondary students in grades 7-12 in the Hybrid model will utilize Schoology or Edgenuity. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.

Will computer devices be made available to students who need them?

We are currently assessing student needs and the availability of devices.
Can I purchase a computer for my child to
use at home?
Yes. While we do not endorse a certain type of computer, when purchasing a
computer for your child to use at home please select a device that includes the specifications provided on the district’s website: https://www.bryanisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=177750&type=d&pREC_ID=368831

How will student progress be reported?

Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format using numeric grades. Assignments and grades will be entered into the Home Access Center. The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for On-Campus Learning and At-Home Learning will be the same.

Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?

Yes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.

Can students change their commitment from On-Campus Learning to At-Home Learning after the start of the school year?

Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full six-week grading period. Special circumstances that affect a family will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the campus principal. Please note that if a student switches between On-Campus Learning and At-Home Learning, then that student may not have the same teacher(s) or course schedule, as teachers may or may not be teaching both an At-Home and an On-Campus class. Students may not be guaranteed to be assigned to their home campus based on staffing and grade level/course seat availability.

How do parents commit to an instructional model of choice for their child?

For current students, parents will complete the commitment form no later than August 3rd at 8:00 a.m. Upon enrollment, new students will be provided the opportunity to select their instructional model.
 
What happens if I do not make a commitment by
August 3?

All students who do not have a commitment in place by August 3rd will be placed
in On-Campus, Face-to-Face learning.
 
Will AlphaBest after-school services be offered?

Information about AlphaBest will be forthcoming.
Will students participating in At-Home Learning receive live, teacher-led instruction for the full length of a school day?

Students will be provided flexibility to participate in online classes with teacher interaction and engagement. A student’s schedule may reflect short periods of synchronous learning scheduled throughout the day followed by time for independent, asynchronous learning activities. It should also include breaks and lunch. The schedule will vary by grade, course, or student. A caregiver will need to be available to support younger students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed. During At-Home Learning, time management will be critical to student success. Students, teachers, and parents should utilize frequent communication regarding daily schedules and assignments to ensure that students are progressing towards mastery of the learning outcomes.

How will At-Home Learning be different from the instruction provided during the school closure last spring?

Students who select At-Home Learning will be required to virtually attend and participate in class daily and specified instruction will be led by a teacher. In the spring of last year, students’ assignments were provided at a reduced amount of instructional minutes as compared to a traditional school day. At-Home Learning this year will be a full course load of instruction and assignments that are comparable to what students who are attending school in-person will be required to complete. Teachers delivering At-Home instruction will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a remote, online environment.

How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last spring?
To support all students, the district curriculum will highlight academic standards that teachers will consider as they plan to address the potential learning impacts resulting from the school closure. Teachers will use formative assessments and supplemental resources to personalize student learning to address areas of need.

Will there be attendance requirements for At-Home students?

Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and participation in At-Home Learning. Students will be required to participate in online classes daily and traditional attendance rules will be enforced. A student will be considered absent if the student does not participate in instruction at any time during the day.
 
What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?

Synchronous learning is learning in which two or more individuals are engaging in learning at the same time (for example, a live teacher-led lesson using a videoconference tool). Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-time interaction and students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live.
 

Will computer devices be made available to students who need them?

Yes. Computer devices will be distributed to those students who need them as available.

Can I purchase a computer for my child to
use at home?

Yes. While we do not endorse a certain type of computer, when purchasing a
computer for your child to use at home please select a device that includes the specifications provided on the district’s website: https://www.bryanisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=177750&type=d&pREC_ID=368831

Will students in At-Home Learning have access to instructional materials, such as guided reading books or other classroom resources?

Students will be provided with some instructional materials that will vary based on the grade level and coursework of the student. Some resources may be provided digitally. The design of classroom instruction will account for student’s access to specific instructional materials in the home.

Will students participating in At-Home Learning need to purchase school supplies for the new year?

Yes. Families will need to purchase typical school supplies. Students who are participating in the At-Home Learning will need to purchase the necessary listed supplies from the grade level supply list in order to complete their assignments.

What online learning management system will be used to support elementary students in At-Home Learning?

The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. The district has identified Schoology as the learning management system for elementary students across the district. Schoology helps organize assignments, boosts collaboration, and fosters communication. Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.

What online learning management system will be used to support secondary students in At-Home Learning?

The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Secondary students in grades 7-12 will utilize either the learning management system Schoology or Edgenuity. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.

How will student progress be reported?

Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format using numeric grades. Assignments and grades will be entered into the Home Access Center. The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for On-Campus Learning and At-Home Learning will be the same.

Will courses taken in At-Home Learning be included in GPA calculations and class rank for high school students?

Courses taken by students participating in At-Home Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.

Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?

Yes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.

Will all courses be offered in At-Home Learning for students in Grades 7-12?

Teachers will work with students as applicable.

Will dual credit courses follow Bryan ISD guidelines and schedules for Fall 2020?

As we finalize the master schedules to coincide with Blinn College, more details will be forthcoming.

Can secondary students who select At-Home Learning still participate in athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular activities?

Yes, students who select At-Home Learning may participate in extracurricular activities if they meet all UIL requirements, are enrolled in the applicable extracurricular course section, and are able to attend on-campus practices and competitions. Students must have their own transportation to and from practices, rehearsals, etc.

Will students in grades 7-12 be able to participate in clubs and organization meetings and/or activities?

Yes, students who select At-Home Learning or On-Campus Learning may participate in clubs and/or organizations. Meetings may be held virtually, as applicable. Students must have their own transportation to and from campus.

Will meals be provided for students who select At-Home Learning?

Information regarding meals on campus and grab and go will be forthcoming.

Are immunizations required for students enrolled in At-Home Learning?

Yes, at this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine requirements for students.

Will my child have virtual access to their campus nurse during the school day?

Yes, parents and students may contact the school nurse by phone or e-mail during school hours.

How will At-Home Learning be staffed?

Schools will continue to be staffed based upon student enrollment. The staffing for At-Home Learning versus On-Campus Learning will be determined by enrollment and student course selections.

Will elementary students be assigned to a teacher from their home campus?

The assignment of students for At-Home Learning will be based on student enrollment and will be assigned to their home campus unless there is a special circumstance.

Will students participating in At-Home Learning remain enrolled and still be associated with their home campus?

Yes, students will continue to be connected to their home campus, regardless of teacher assignment. Parents will continue to receive communication from the home campus. Students and parents can participate in virtual events, as applicable.

Can students change their commitment from At-Home Learning to In-Person Learning after the start of the school year?

Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full 6-week grading period. Special circumstances that affect a family will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the campus principal. Please note that if a student switches between On-Campus Learning and At-Home Learning, then that student may not have the same teacher(s) or course schedule.

How do parents commit to an instructional model of choice for their child?

For current students, parents will complete the commitment form no later than August 3 at 8:00 a.m. Upon enrollment, new students will be provided the opportunity to select their instructional model.

What happens after making a commitment to participate in At-Home Learning?

For elementary students, the assigned homeroom teacher will contact the parent/student near the start of the school year welcoming them to their class.

For secondary students, Bryan ISD staff will make adjustments to course schedules placing students in At-Home sections. A parent/student may be contacted to discuss any applicable scheduling options based on the student’s current course selections.
 
What happens if I do not make a commitment by
August 3?

All students who do not have a commitment in place by August 3rd will be placed
in On-Campus, Face-to-Face learning.

Will resources be available for parents to support and monitor their child’s At-Home Learning?

Yes. Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools. These resources will be available in August.

Will students identified as English Learners, Dyslexic and/or Gifted and Talented receive services during At-Home Learning?

Yes. More information will be available at a later date.

Will students receiving services from Special Education or 504 be eligible for At-Home Learning?

Yes, all students in Bryan ISD will have the opportunity to choose On-Campus Learning or At-Home Learning.

Will an ARD/504 meeting be required if At-Home Learning is chosen?

ARD and 504 meetings will be scheduled on a case by case basis. For students served in special education, the schedule of instructional and related services should be accurately documented in the ARD/IEP to reflect the supports and services the student requires for FAPE. A parent/guardian may request an ARD or 504 meeting at any time.

I have chosen At-Home Learning for my student, but he/she requires an evaluation for 504 or special education this school year. Will the evaluation also take place via virtual methods?

If your student requires an initial or re-evaluation, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss the evaluation and determine components that can be completed virtually versus those components that require face-to-face interaction. Appointments with evaluation staff will be scheduled at the campus to complete face-to-face components.
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