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.
- 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
Remote Learning FAQs
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 video conference tool). Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-time interaction. Students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live.
Will students participating in Remote Learning receive live, teacher-led instruction for the full length of a school day?
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.
How do parents commit to an instructional model choice for their child?
Can students change their commitment from Remote Learning to On-Campus 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 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.
How will Remote Learning be different from the instruction provided during the school closure last spring?
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.
Will students participating in Remote Learning remain enrolled and still be associated with their home campus?
How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last spring?
Will there be attendance requirements for Remote Learning students?
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.
Will computer devices be made available to students who need them?
Will students in Remote 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 Remote Learning need to purchase school supplies for the new year?
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.
What online learning management system will be used to support elementary students?
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.
What online learning management system will be used to support secondary students?
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.
How will student progress be reported?
Will courses taken in Remote Learning be included in GPA calculations and class rank for high school students?
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.
Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?
Will all courses be offered in Remote Learning for grades K-5?
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.
Will all courses be offered in Remote Learning for grades 6-8?
Will all courses be offered in Remote Learning for students in grades 9-12
Are Remote Learners required to follow the Student Code of Conduct?
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.
Will dual credit courses follow TISD guidelines and schedules for Fall 2020?
Can students in grades 7-12 who select Remote Learning still participate in UIL/Extracurricular competitions including athletics, fine arts, etc.?
Remote learners must have their own transportation to and from the campus.
Will meals be provided for students who select Remote Learning?
Are immunizations required for students enrolled in Remote Learning?
Yes, at this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine requirements for students.
What happens after making a commitment to participate in Remote Learning?
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.
Will resources be available for parents to support and monitor their child’s Remote Learning?
Will students identified as English Learners, Dyslexic and/or Gifted and Talented receive services during Remote Learning?
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.
Will students receiving services from Special Education or 504 be eligible for Remote Learning?
Will an ARD/504 meeting be required if Remote Learning is chosen?
What if my student does not currently receive 504 or special education services but I am concerned he/she might have a disability?
I have chosen Remote Learning for my student, but he/she requires evaluation for 504 or special education this school year. Will the evaluation also take place via virtual methods?