The Ysleta Independent School District announced Thursday its parents will have the freedom to choose between two options for their children’s schooling this fall: Classroom Learning or Online Learning for the upcoming 2020-21 school year,
“We know our parents have been patiently awaiting news of what our schooling will look like this fall,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre said. “Whether parents choose Classroom Learning or Online Learning, we felt it was important to provide them the opportunity to select the option that is in the best interest of their children and families.”
District officials say that over the next few days, parents will be asked to commit to either Classroom Learning or Online Learning for at least one nine-week grading period.
Ysleta ISD is also prepared to provide 100% virtual learning for all students with its new and improved THEDISTRICT@Home online learning program, if it is led to do so in the event of a substantial spread of COVID-19.
The first option, Classroom Learning, is a face-to-face hybrid plan that calls for students to attend school from Monday through Thursday, while Fridays consist of online learning from home.
Via a news release, district officials shared:
“Ysleta ISD believes there is no safer place for students than at school. By bringing students back to campus, learning loss can be reduced, academic progress can continue, and concerns about the lack of physical, mental, and social activities can be alleviated. It will also provide students with the daily structure, nutritious school meals, and social interaction and connection they need.”
The emergency shutdown of schools this spring also gave Ysleta ISD the opportunity to learn, research, and collect feedback about its THEDISTRICT@Home online learning program – and now, it is positioned to provide a vastly improved and robust online learning experience this fall.”
The second option, Online Learning, will provide live interactions with teachers and students, combined with self-paced learning activities, projects, and assignments aligned with state standards.
“Students will be responsible for learning new content. A numerical grading system will be used to measure student mastery of content and standards. At high schools, grades will be calculated into students’ grade-point averages.
Daily attendance will be taken, and students must log on daily for a minimum of 180 minutes a day for elementary-school students, or 240 minutes for middle- and high-school students.
Hotspots that provide Internet access will be made available to families that qualify.”
Ysleta ISD will also continue to work with local, state, and federal agencies for final guidance regarding health and safety standards, in addition to implementing the following strategies:
- Staff and students wear masks unless a medical reason prevents their use; cloth masks provided for every student and teacher
- Contactless thermometers for every teacher, nurse, and bus driver
- Desk dividers on all student desks
- Hand sanitizer in every classroom, common area
- Face shields for all teachers
- Frequent classroom/common area surface cleaning
- Frequent hand-washing practices
- Maintain social distance between student desks
- COVID-19 symptom screening upon arrival at campuses or before bus entry
Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins July 14, and can be completed by parents who have already completed online enrollment.
Students new to Ysleta ISD must complete online enrollment before proceeding to online registration. For more information, visit www.yisd.net.