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Students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered through an online learning management system. Teacher supported instruction and independent learning activities will be scheduled throughout the day to expand students’ opportunities to engage with content. Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required. A structured schedule will be provided to students indicating required times for participation in live instruction.
 
Remote instruction will be designed for mastery of student learning outcomes based on the academic standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each content area.
 
Remote Learning will be designed in both asynchronous and synchronous learning environment based on the following components:
  • Available for students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12
  • Student participation required 5 full days per week as determined by school calendar
  • Instruction provided virtually either through live meetings or instructional videos
  • Instruction provided or facilitated by Temple ISD teachers
  • Instruction a core content areas and elective areas
  • Curriculum and instructional resources designed specifically for the digital platform and aligned to the district scope and sequence. 
  • TISD Grading Guidelines, Student Code of Conduct, and Acceptable Use of Technology Procedures will be applied
  • Social-emotional support
  • Accommodations and support services provided
  • Internet connection required
  • District device provided only in cases of extenuating circumstances - application must be submitted and approved by district administration
  • Access to specialized courses and activities on-campus, as applicable
  • Access to virtual extracurricular activities and events, as applicable
For additional information about our plans to provide a safe return to school, click HERE and/or click below for answers to our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Remote Learning FAQs

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 video conference tool). Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-time interaction. Students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live.

No. A structured schedule will be provided to students indicating required times for participation in live instruction. The schedule will reflect short periods of instruction synchronous followed by time for independent, asynchronous learning activities. It will also include breaks and lunch. The schedule may vary by grade, course, or student. Adult assistance will need to be available to support younger students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed. For secondary students, the schedule for Remote Learning will follow the same bell schedule for courses as On-Campus Learning. During Remote 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.

For current students, parents will complete the Options Application in Skyward between Wednesday, August 5 at 8:00 am until Friday, August 7 at 5:00 pm. If no option is made, the default will be for students to be enrolled in On-Campus Learning for the start of the year.  Upon enrollment, new students will be provided the opportunity to select their instructional model.

Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full grading period. If the parent chooses to move from Remote Learning to On-Campus, the parent must complete the request form to return to On-Campus Learning at the start of the next grading period.  

 

Please note that if a student switches between On-Campus Learning and Remote Learning, then that student may not have the same teacher(s) or course schedule, as teachers may or may not be teaching both an Remote 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.

Students who select Remote Learning will be required to virtually attend and engage in daily learning activities for each content area in order to be marked present at school each day. In the spring of last year, students’ assignments were provided at a reduced amount of instructional minutes as compared to a traditional school day. Remote Learning this year will be a full course load of instruction and assignments that is comparable to what students who are attending school on-campus will be required to complete. Teachers delivering Remote Learning will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a remote, online environment.

The following are examples of what a daily remote learning schedule may look like. All teachers will develop there own schedules so there may be differences in your child's schedule.

 

Prekindergarten Schedule

Elementary Schedule

Secondary Schedule

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.
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. At the beginning of the year, teachers will assess students to determine target areas and personalize instruction based on student needs.

Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and participation in Remote Learning. Students will be required to engage in daily learning assignments in order to earn attendance for the class that day. A student will be considered absent if the student does not engage in the designated instruction and/or independent learning activities each day.

Computer devices will only be made available to students who demonstrate a need through the Extenuating Circumstance Provision.  Approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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

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 Google Classroom and Seesaw as tools to support a consistent learning management system for elementary students across the district. Google Classroom and Seesaw will be used for both On-Campus and Remote Learners.

Google Classroom helps organize assignments, boosts collaboration, and fosters communication. Seesaw is a platform used for PreK students and allows students the ability to create and reflect on their learning. Teachers will provide training to students on how to use these digital tools. 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.

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 both On-Campus and Remote Learning will utilize the current learning management systems that have been used for several years: 6-8 Google Classroom and 9-12 Schoology. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools. 

Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format using numeric grades according to the district’s grading guidelines. Assignments and grades will be entered into Skyward. The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for On-Campus Learning and Remote Learning will be the same.

Courses taken by students participating in Remote Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.  In order to maintain the academic integrity of class rank, students enrolled in high school credit courses that are calculated in class rank must complete major assessments at campus testing site.  The instructor will communicate major assessments through the LMS and course syllabus. See EIC (Local) for a complete list of courses.

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.

All courses with the exception of orchestra will be offered through remote learning.  Students will not be able to participate in the enhanced elective offerings such as second languages, STEM, and computer programming.

All courses with the exception of Athletics will be offered through remote learning for middle school students.
No. Based on the course requirements, there are some specialized courses that will not be available in Remote Learning (see specialized course list below).  For these courses, the student will need to have their schedule changed in order to remain in a fully remote environment.  Campus staff will work with students choosing to have their schedule changed to identify a suitable replacement course and adjust their schedule. 
 
In addition, there are some specialized courses that are offered in Remote Learning, but may require on-campus learning experiences based on specific course outcomes regarding participation, equipment, software, and technology.  In order for a student to participate in these courses (see specialized course list below), the students will need to attend on-site requirements. 
 
Transportation for Remote Learners attending required on-site learning experiences will not be provided, except as documents through IEP paperwork in order for students to have access to their Special Education services.  Students will be expected to arrive on time and participate in required daily health screening like On-Campus Learners.  Students should be picked up/leave campus promptly at the conclusion of the required on-site learning activity.
 

Yes.  Remote Learners are enrolled students in TISD and are required to abide by the same guidelines and expectations for behavior as students enrolled in On-Campus learning with respect to Acceptable Use of Technology and Student Code of Conduct.

Temple ISD dual credit students will follow the partner college’s guidelines for health and safety requirements when attending dual credit classes. For more information, students should check their email and/or the partner college website. For additional questions, students can contact their counselors or advisors.
Yes, students who select Remote Learning may participate in UIL/Extra curricular competitions if they meet all UIL requirements and district policies.  We are currently working on this policy for our district.

Remote learners must have their own transportation to and from the campus.
Yes. Guidelines allow students and parents to take meals off campus. Options are being explored for providing meals to students who select Remote Learning.  This information will be provided as soon as possible.

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

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

For secondary students, Temple ISD staff will make adjustments to course schedules placing students in Remote sections. A parent/student may be contacted to discuss any applicable scheduling options based on the student’s current course selections.

Yes. The district is developing a series of training videos for parents available in August.  Parents can also use the TISD Parent Help Hub (parents.tisd.hub).

Yes. Students will participate in live, teacher-led instructional support to ensure students are making adequate academic progress and receiving the services outlined within the student’s IEP, 504 plan, and/or LPAC.  Due to the nature of some services such as Occupational Therapy, students may be required to participate on-campus instead of remotely for certain supports. 


Students identified as gifted and talented (GT) will participate in live, teacher led instruction and independent learning activities based on the district’s GT curriculum.  This instruction will be provided by a district teacher who may not be located on the student’s home campus.

Yes, all students in Temple ISD will have the opportunity to choose on-Campus Learning or Remote Learning.
ARD and 504 meetings will be scheduled on an individual 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.
Contact your campus RtI Coordinator to request a meeting to discuss your concerns.
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.