The 2020-21 secondary virtual learning option is committed to providing an effective solution for remote learning experiences. Our expectation is that parents will provide support as needed for their students in order to ensure all LISD students are progressing in their studies.
It is important to note that virtual learning this fall will look and function differently than the at-home learning that was required in the spring of 2020. Students will be asked to be engaged in learning every school day and benefit from a variety of videos, teacher to student interactions, and personalized learning to meet their needs.
Please note, students must have access to the Internet at home and must have a device for their online learning, which can be their own or an LISD device.
- Students who choose virtual learning will participate in a Learning Management System online with district assignments that are primarily self-paced based on teacher guidance from their assigned LISD virtual teacher through WebEx on a daily basis.
- Virtual learning will be significantly different than at-home learning in time and commitment. Elementary students will participate in a minimum 4-6 hours of learning per day. Texas Education Agency guidance states the day should be “loosely equivalent to an on-campus day.”
- Parents at the elementary level will need to support students as a “Learning Coach” in order to facilitate the self-paced components of the learning.
- The Learning Management System provides many parent support tools to assist families in navigating a virtual environment. In addition, all students will have a designated teacher that will also provide WebEx instruction, lessons and small group intervention and/or extensions.
- Specials and extracurricular opportunities will be available for K-5 students.
- Attendance: students opting for virtual learning must engage in learning daily. All truancy rules for daily attendance will be maintained, per the Texas Education Agency, regardless of in-person or virtual learning. LISD will have daily expectations for students that will include a minimum of one of the following:
- Data from virtual learning showing progress made that day;
- Evidence of curricular progress from teacher/student interactions made that day;
- or Completion and submission of assignments planned for that day.
- Student feedback will be provided from the instructor at least weekly.
- Grading policies for virtual learning work will be consistent with those used for in-person learning. Students will receive a numeric grade when appropriate and assignments will no longer be pass/fail as they were in the spring of 2020.
- Secondary (grades 6-12) virtual learning will be full-day. Students will have a comparable number of classes and lessons in their schedule to a student participating in in-person learning.
- Secondary virtual learning will include both live lessons (synchronous) and pre-recorded lessons (asynchronous).
- Students will generally follow a typical school day from start to finish in a virtual environment. Depending on the student and his or her grade, selected coursework and individual needs, the amount of synchronous (virtual face-to-face) versus asynchronous (at your own pace) time may differ student to student.
- Virtual learning will be significantly different than at-home learning in time and commitment. Students will participate in a minimum of 240 minutes of instructional engagement in a remote asynchronous (at your own pace) model with synchronous (virtual face-to-face) support from a designated virtual teacher. Parents will need to support students as a “Learning Coach” in order to facilitate the self-paced components of the learning. TEA guidance states that the students day should be “loosely equivalent to an on-campus day.”
- Virtual Learning Plus will serve students who opt to participate in virtual learning from home, but will also provide students the opportunity to participate in some elective courses in person, on campus.