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Return to School Updates

Below you will find the most up to date information for VISD Back to School Plans. This information is subject to change as guidance is received from local, state, and federal governing agencies and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change.
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Return to School Plans
August 6, 2020
Return to School Plan Update
 

Considering the current public health conditions in our region, for the first three weeks of school, which begins on Aug. 18, Victoria ISD will offer 100 percent virtual learning to all students.

Following the initial three-weeks of all-virtual learning, Victoria ISD’s current instructional plan is to offer on-campus learning starting on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and continue all-remote learning for students who have chosen that option. At the end of every grading period, students/parents/guardians will have the opportunity to notify their campus if they wish to move from remote to on-campus learning or on-campus to remote learning. If circumstances warrant, a student may move from in-person to remote at any time.

Regardless of which instructional method you will choose for your child once in-person instruction resumes, be sure to complete your student's registration, if you have not done so already.

July 20, 2020 Update
School Start Delayed, Fully Remote Learning First 3 Weeks
 
On July 20, 2020, Victoria County Health Authority, Dr. John McNeill, issued an order mandating the closure of public school buildings in Victoria County to students through September 7, 2020. Therefore, VISD will be making adjustments to the academic calendar, moving the 2020-2021 start date to Tuesday, August 18th. All students will begin the year with remote learning at least through September 7th. When we are safely able to reopen campuses to in-person instruction, parents will have the option for their child(ren) to remain in remote instruction or change to face-to-face learning.
 
Calendar:
  • Students and Parents: virtual start on August 18 for students

  • Students – two zoom meetings will be held specifically for middle school and high school students. Student voice is important to us as we plan for a safe return:

    • July 27 - Town hall meeting with East High School, Howell Middle School and Stroman Middle Schools at 2:30 pm. Campus administrators will join us. A brief presentation of the learning plan will be given, then students will be asked to participate in a live Thoughtexchange so we can get feedback directly from students as we finalize our planning. We will also answer questions students might have, as time allows.

    • July 28 - Town hall meeting with West High School, Cade Middle School and Patti Welder Middle School students at  2:30 pm. Campus administrators will join us. A brief presentation of the learning plan will be given, then students will be asked to participate in a live Thoughtexchange so we can get feedback directly from students as we finalize our planning. We will also answer questions students might have, as time allows. Here too, we will solicit your feedback and answer questions.

    • View Thoughtexchange report here: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/report/789e302e8b864535c7904fc7e14d1d7c
  • Teachers and staff:
    • July 27-31: Microsoft TEAMS Training by Microsoft trainers (sessions will be listed in Eduphoria)

    • New Teacher Dates:
      • July 30 & 31 - On Campus Days

      • August 3 & 4 - Curriculum Training

    • Aug 10: 1st Official Day Back for Teachers
    • July 27 - Aug 7: Window to Earn Flex Time for 187 day employees 
      • 187 day Employees need to attend 2 days of PD during this window in order to earn flex time for the Mon/Tues of Thanksgiving break (they need to complete a total of 12 hrs of training)
      • Other employees - everyone's start date is basically being "pushed back" by 2 days - in my thinking this means that if they report to work on the day currently listed on the contract day schedule, they will work the 2 extra days upfront and earn the flex credit

 

Registration:

  • All parents who have not registered their children for the upcoming year need to complete registration as soon as possible. We must have accurate counts in order to build classes. Parents are not able to select an instructional preference or sign up to receive a device until registration is complete. Contact your child's school or VISD Student Services office for assistance in registering.

  • Although we are starting the year fully remote, it is still very important that we know each family's long-term preference for each child. We will be sending a new survey to all families who have completed registration on Tuesday, July 21st. On this survey we need families to indicate whether they want their child to remain in remote instruction or change to face-to-face when we are able to safely open our schools. This information is important because it will be used to build classes. Parents may change their preference two weeks before we return to face to face instruction or at the end of each grading period.

  • With the ever-changing status of our community, we will likely need to survey families multiple times before returning to school. Please complete surveys as you receive them as it helps us in planning.We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for helping provide us with this necessary information.
 

Technology:

  • We have approximately 2,600 laptops on order to be delivered in the next few weeks

  • We have 2,700 hotspots for families with unreliable internet access

  • If you still have a device from the spring or summer school, please return it so we can get it ready for this year

  • In preparation for this coming year, parents who are able to purchase a device to support remote learning for their student(s) are encouraged to do so. One of our biggest concerns at this point is not having enough devices because we are finding it so difficult to get accurate information from surveys. If you are able to purchase a device, it means someone less fortunate may have access to a device we have.
 
Return to School Plans DRAFTS
 
Based off of TEA Guidelines and parent, staff, and community feedback, new DRAFT plans have been developed. Please review the documents below. The VISD Return to School Task Force, represented by parents, teachers, and community members, is meeting this week (July 13 - 17) to review the plans.
Below is the VISD Responsive Return Plan document which District leaders are using as a resource to develop the Return to School plans above.
Return to School Task Force
As we continue planning for the 2020-2021 school year, VISD has created a Return to School Task Force. The task force is represented by parents, teachers,, and community members. Meetings began the week of July 13.
 
Fill out the interest form to join the Return to School Task Force: (this form has closed.)
Return to School Proposal
 
VISD Administrators have been reflecting about the immediate disruption in learning with COVID-19 and looking forward to how students and staff will return to school safely in August. Our team has begun to put together a plan that includes several scenarios for a return to school for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
Ideally, all students would be back in the classroom full-time. We also realize with so many unknowns around COVID-19 this might not be possible. So, we are working through several scenarios ranging from full in-person instruction to fully remote instruction. It is hybrid scenario from these two that we are asking for input from parents and staff.
 
Please watch the video above -- a detailed explanation from VISD Superintendent, Dr. Shepherd -- and review the Back to School document below:
Thoughtexchange
Make sure to share your views on this proposal by participating in our Thoughtexchange:
What are your thoughts and questions about VISD's proposed Return to School plan?
 
 
Parent Survey
Parents, please complete this Return to School Survey, which will provide critical information as we continue to look forward to the 2020-2021 school year. (this survey has closed.)