FAQs

  • General

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Where can I find the updated Academic Calendar for 2020-21?

  • [UPDATED SEPT. 2] What do I do if I need to change my selection on my commitment form?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Will the additional 25 minutes being added to the school day be added to the end of the day, or will it be split up during the day?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] What are the school hours for the 2020-21 school year?

  • [UPDATED JULY 16] What do I do if I don't see or can't submit the commitment form in my Skyward Family Access account?

  • Has LISD made any calendar changes?

  • Will I get to choose whether I want my child to participate in in-person learning or virtual learning?

  • [UPDATED SEPT. 2] If I choose one learning option and want to change later in the year, can I switch?

  • Will the district be considering switching to an intersessional calendar, or adding minutes to the school day?

  • I am concerned about the courses we chose before summer break and want to change them for in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year. Is this an option?

  • If most families choose in-person learning, will there have to be changes to accommodate social distancing or will there be a limit on how many students can select the in-person option?

  • How will LISD address social, emotional, or mental health concerns?

  • What if I decide to homeschool my child and later decide to re-enroll in LISD?

  • Athletics, Fine Arts & Other Extracurricular

  • [ADDED JULY 22] If we choose virtual learning to start the 2020-21 school year, will my child have the opportunity to participate in Fine Arts/Athletics once they return to in-person learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Are athletics and fine arts events, such as practices and games, still on schedule?

  • [UPDATED JULY 16] How will Athletics, Fine Arts and Cheer courses be offered?

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

  • Child Nutrition

  • [Updated Oct. 7] Does LISD offer free meals for students?

  • [UPDATED Oct. 7] Does LISD offer curbside meal pick-up for students?

  • [UPDATED Sept. 28] Will my child still be eligible to receive meals if they are participating in virtual learning?

  • [ADDED AUG. 7 ] What steps are being taken to ensure meals are safely prepared?

  • Technology

  • Will I need a technology device to use at home, even if I choose in-person learning for my child?

  • What do I do if I don’t have a technology device to use for virtual or remote learning from home?

  • What do I do if I don’t have internet access at home and choose virtual learning or will need to participate in remote learning?

  • Transportation

  • Will buses run when the 2020-21 school year starts?

  • How will transportation work if my child chooses virtual learning but has a class on-campus?

  • Will social distancing be observed on buses, and how will seating arrangements be determined?

  • Special Education

  • [ADDED JULY 21] How will my child's IEP plan be affected depending on what learning option I choose?

  • My child is in the process of an autism evaluation and will be attending in-person learning this year. I know you all have very limited information still, but are we still on track to continue with this process for him?

  • If Virtual Learning isn’t working for my child, can he change to In-person Learning before the end of the nine weeks?

  • If my child receives Dyslexia Interventions, will there be daily specialized instruction?

  • Will the Dyslexia intervention be an "after-hours" class so my daughter does not miss "regular" class?

  • How will testing be conducted for the MTA/dyslexia program?

  • In-Person Learning

    Elementary

    General

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] What is the difference between virtual learning and remote learning pathways?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] I want to choose in-person learning, but if my family is notified that there is anyone on campus that tests positive for COVID-19, we will keep my child home until there are no new cases on campus for 14 days. Is this allowed and how will this work with attendance policies?

  • [UPDATED SEPT. 2] If we choose in-person learning but once the school year starts we decide we want to switch to virtual learning, is that an option?

  • Will my child stay in one classroom all day long?

  • Will my student have the opportunity to participate in recess and/or P.E.?

  • [UPDATED SEPT. 2] How many students will be in my child’s classroom?

  • Will after-school programs still be available at the elementary level?

  • What would happen if my child who is receiving in-person learning needs to go on an individualized quarantine?

  • Will grading policies change if the district needs to move to complete remote learning?

  • Discovery Academy

  • What is the status of the Pre-K Tuition Based Discovery Academy?

  • What will be the start date for Discovery Academy students?

  • The Discovery Academy Handbook states that a family can request to be released from the full-year obligation for extenuating circumstances. Will COVID-related concerns be considered an extenuating circumstance throughout the school year?

  • Will the program still operate from 6:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.?

  • Since instructional time for Discovery Academy ends at 3:00 PM (or slightly later with the extended release time) but the program is open until 5:30PM, what will the pick-up procedure be if parents are not allowed in the building?

  • Will Discovery Academy still have daily rest time? If so, will children have assigned nap mats that are not shared and will their nap mats be socially distanced?

  • STEM Academy

  • [ADDED JULY 16] With the "banking" of 25 minutes, will the STEM academies be extended an additional 25 minutes?

  • Secondary

    General

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] What is the difference between virtual learning and remote learning pathways?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] How do I know which classes my child requested for this school year?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Can I change my course requests if I decide to attend all classes in person campus?

  • Will my student transition from class to class throughout the day, or will they be required to stay in one classroom all day long?

  • [UPDATED SEPT. 2] How many students will be in each classroom?

  • Will the Career and Technical Education Center classes continue into the 2020-21 school year?

  • What would happen if my child who is receiving in-person learning needs to go on an individualized quarantine?

  • Will grading policies change if the district needs to move to complete remote learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] I want my kid to go back to physical school but I don’t want them to stay all day. Can I take a mix of on-campus and online classes through Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)?

  • Health & Safety Protocols

  • [ADDED AUG. 4] If there is a confirmed COVID positive case in my child's classroom, will that class be relocated?

  • [ADDED AUG. 4] If a teacher or student is confirmed COVID positive, will the entire class transition to a mandatory quarantine?

  • [UPDATED AUG. 4] Will I be contacted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in my child’s class or school?

  • [ADDED JULY 27] Will students use the locker room and dress out during PE?

  • [ADDED JULY 27] Can secondary students socialize and use restroom facilities during passing period?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] What are LISD’s protocols for safety drills?

  • [UPDATED JULY 16] Will students and staff be required to wear face coverings at all times?

  • Will LISD provide face coverings for students and staff?

  • Will there be any consequences for students or staff who refuse to wear face coverings or wear them improperly?

  • Will LISD require daily screenings of students and staff?

  • What happens if there is a COVID-19 spike and schools need to shut down?

  • [UPDATED JULY 22] What would happen if my child’s entire class or campus needs to go on quarantine?

  • What are the health criteria (individual students and/or city/county statistics) that would lead to a school closure?

  • Will CDC social distancing guidelines be observed on campuses?

  • Has LISD considered keeping students in one place and rotating the teachers?

  • Special Education

  • [ADDED JULY 21] What are the health and safety protocols we can expect?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Given the small number of students in the life skills classroom, do you anticipate being able to social distance?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Will my child still spend the day where we discussed they would previously?

  • Virtual Learning

    Elementary

    General

  • [ADDED JULY 28] What is the difference between Remote Learning and Virtual Learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 27] What are the technical requirements or specifications for home devices?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] Will my child get to interact with their fellow classmates virtually?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] Will my child be looking at a screen all day if we choose virtual learning, or will there be other modes of learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] Can my child work ahead if we choose virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] Why did LISD decide to go with Edgenuity as its virtual learning platform?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] My family attends LISD on an approved out-of-district transfer. Will my child keep their transfer spot if we choose virtual learning?

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] If families need to complete some virtual learning in the evening, is that an option? Or is there a time during the day that assignments will be due?

  • Will I be able to make a choice to enroll in virtual learning or does the district choose for me?

  • Will there be any fees to participate in virtual learning?

  • If I register for virtual learning to start the school year, does that mean I will do virtual learning for the entire 2020-21 school year?

  • Will my child experience face-to-face time virtually with their teacher?

  • How will virtual learning be different from at-home learning during the closure last spring?

  • Will students remain enrolled at their school if they choose virtual learning?

  • When will students be assigned teachers?

  • What will be the platform for virtual learning?

  • What is the mode of learning for elementary students?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Will students still have access to Istation?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Is virtual learning through Edgenuity the same across the district?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Is the Edgenuity curriculum personalized?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Will elementary virtual learning be solely online videos, online activities, and WebEx meetings, or will there also be hands-on work as well? For example: worksheets and hands-on projects away from the screen?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] What are the best resources for families for Edgenuity?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] The Edgenuity video said books can be purchased at an additional cost. What are the fees and how can we purchase?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] Will there be parent support for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Can virtual learning be done at any time of day?

  • How long is the school day for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] What if my child finishes the school day in less than 240 minutes?

  • How much involvement will a parent need in order to successfully support their child in virtual learning? Will my child be able to complete this work without the assistance of a parent or guardian?

  • Will daily attendance be taken during virtual learning? If so, how will it be taken?

  • Can out-of-district students participate in LISD virtual learning?

  • Will meals be provided for students who select virtual learning?

  • Are immunizations required for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] If my child participates in virtual learning and is in Gifted & Talented (GT), can they attend just GT in person?

  • What language support will my student have for virtual learning if they are an English Language Learner?

  • How will Gifted and Talented services be handled through virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] How will Gifted & Talented testing work for virtual learning students?

  • Will all students participate in State assessments like the STAAR test?

  • How will virtual learning be staffed?

  • How will technology be distributed?

  • How will we know how to use District issued technology, and instructional platforms?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] If we ordered supplies through EPI, can we pick them up for use at home?

  • Discovery Academy

  • What is the status of the Pre-K Tuition Based Discovery Academy?

  • The Discovery Academy Handbook states that a family can request to be released from the full-year obligation for extenuating circumstances. Will COVID-related concerns be considered an extenuating circumstance throughout the school year?

  • Extended School Day

  • [ADDED JULY 21] If we choose Virtual Learning can my child still attend ESD?

  • [UPDATED JULY 21] Will my child lose their reserved spot in the Extended School Day (ESD) program if we choose virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Is the ESD Save my Spot Fee in addition to the tuition we have already paid?

  • If our child moves from virtual learning to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year, can they still attend ESD?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] If I am letting the district know of my plan to keep my child home in a virtual learning environment do I have to let the ESD program know?

  • Dual Language & Spanish Immersion

  • [ADDED JULY 22] If the whole district transitions to remote learning, will my child stay in the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion program?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] If I decide to homeschool my child will I still get to keep my spot in Dual Language/Spanish Immersion spot when we return?

  • Will the Dual Language and/or Spanish Immersion program be available if I choose virtual learning?

  • Can my student return to the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion program upon return to in-person learning?

  • With the opportunity to change my learning option at the end of the first nine weeks, can virtual learning families change their learning option to in-person learning in order to participate in the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion Program?

  • [UPDATED JULY 22] If we choose virtual learning this year, will we be allowed back into Dual Language/Spanish Immersion next year?

  • If I have an approved transfer in order to participate in the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion Program, will we be forced to give up our approved transfer if we choose virtual learning?

  • [UPDATED JULY 22] Will there be any language-proficiency requirements if my student returns to Dual Language or Spanish Immersion?

  • How can I continue Spanish language learning with my child if we are not participating in Dual Language/Spanish Immersion program due to virtual learning?

  • STEM Academy

  • Will students enrolled at STEM academies still have the option to select virtual learning and remain in the STEM academy?

  • Secondary

    General

  • [ADDED JULY 28] What is the difference between Remote Learning and Virtual Learning?

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] What is the difference between virtual learning and remote learning pathways?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] Why did LISD decide to go with Edgenuity as its virtual learning platform?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] How do I update my class requests if I choose virtual or virtual plus, and a course I want is unavailable virtually?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] How do I know which classes my child requested for this school year?

  • Will I be able to make a choice to enroll in virtual learning or does the district choose for me?

  • If my child chooses virtual learning, will they still be associated with their home campus?

  • Who will be my student’s teacher and will that teacher be from our home campus?

  • When will students be assigned teachers?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] What are the courses available through virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] When will student schedules be released? 

  • Will there be any fees to participate in virtual learning?

  • If I register for virtual learning to start the school year, does that mean I will do virtual learning for the entire 2020-21 school year?

  • How long is the school day for virtual learning?

  • Will lessons be taught live or via pre-recorded video?

  • What will a typical week or day look like for a student who chooses virtual learning?

  • How will virtual learning this fall be different from at-home learning this past spring?

  • What if my child chose courses for the 2020-21 school year last spring that are not available for virtual learning this year?

  • [UPDATED JULY 29] Will AP and Pre-AP courses be available for virtual learning?

  • Will the virtual learning curriculum be the same as the in-person curriculum?

  • Will assignments be due daily or weekly?

  • How will virtual learning assignments be graded?

  • Will daily attendance be taken during virtual learning?

  • Will daily attendance be taken in courses taught through the Virtual Learning Academy?

  • What is the difference between virtual learning and LISD’s Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] What is the cost for classes through the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] What is the difference between VLA course content and it's delivery platform and Edgenuity?

  • What will be the platform for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] Can I take classes through the LISD Virtual Learning Academy as well as through the district virtual learning option Edgenuity?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] Will there be parent support for virtual learning?

  • If my child participates in virtual learning, how will they get extra help when they have questions?

  • How will Gifted and Talented services be handled through virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] How will Gifted & Talented testing work for virtual learning students?

  • How will enrichment and intervention be handled through virtual learning?

  • If a child participates in virtual learning, can they still participate in campus-based clubs and organizations?

  • Who will be my student’s teacher and will that teacher be from our home campus?

  • What language support will my student have for virtual learning if they are an English Language Learner?

  • Middle School

  • What courses are available to my students for virtual learning?

  • Can my middle school student participate in fine arts and athletics if we choose virtual learning?

  • High School

  • What courses are available to my high school student for virtual learning?

  • What courses are available to my high school student through the LISD Virtual Learning Academy?

  • What if there is a course my high school student wants to take that is not listed in the course catalog for virtual learning?

  • Can my high school student participate in fine arts and athletics if we choose virtual learning?

  • Can my high school student participate in athletics or fine arts virtually instead of going to school?

  • Can my child still participate in courses at the Career and Technical Education Centers?

  • [UPDATED JULY 29] Can my student take dual-credit courses virtually?

  • [ADDED JULY 29] Will high school Gifted & Talented (GT) courses be offered virtually?

  • Special Education

  • [ADDED JULY 22] How will any necessary 504 or ARD meetings happen if we choose virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Will virtual face-to-face time with teachers be one-on-one or in a group setting?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] What is the expectation of volume of work to be done for virtual learning, such as attending live meetings and turning in work?

  • If students choose virtual, will they be taught by their campus contact teacher or a virtual teacher?

  • It’s my understanding that if I choose Virtual Learning, my child will use Edgenuity. Is that correct or will they be using a more appropriate curriculum for my child in a Life Skills classroom?

  • If we choose to do virtual learning, will there be any options for supplemental in-person MTA/dyslexia education?

  • Can a parent choose Virtual Learning but receive some specialized or Related Services in person?

  • Can a student receive their dyslexia/MTA/SDI Reading and their Related Services if a parent selects Virtual Learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] My family wants to consider virtual learning, but we are concerned with the time commitment. Will virtual learning be flexible?

  • Virtual Plus

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] If my child chooses Virtual Learning Plus, do they have to take all electives on campus?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] What would day a look like for a student who chooses the Virtual Plus option?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] If I choose virtual learning plus, do I get to pick when my on campus classes are?

  • [UPDATED JULY 20] What electives will be available for my student should I choose the virtual learning plus option?

  • Will transportation be provided for virtual learning plus students?

  • Can my high school student participate in athletics or fine arts virtually instead of going to school?

  • Will AP and Pre-AP courses be available for virtual learning?

  • If my child chooses the Virtual Learning Plus option, will they be subject to the additional 25 minutes the district plans to add to the end of the school day to “bank minutes”?

  • How will Virtual Plus students be impacted if a campus or a classroom is closed down due to COVID-19?

  • Will classes scheduled for Virtual Learning Plus be grouped consecutively or spread throughout the day?