KISD 2020-2021 Back to School Plan

KISD 2020-2021 Back to School Plan
Posted on 08/04/2020
KISD 2020-2021 Back to School Plan

2020-2021 KISD Back-To-School Plan (8-4-2020).pdf


A Letter from Dr. Diana Barrera Ugarte:

KISD Family,

Last week we shared our Instructional Plan with our Board of Trustees at a Special Called Board Meeting. We then shared it with our KISD staff at the end of the week and then had a Virtual Chat with our KISD staff yesterday. We wanted to share the plan with our board, then with our teachers/staff before sharing it with our community.  

 

Kenedy ISD is offering two choices for parents to choose from:

100% At-home learning

OR

100% At-school learning

Parents will have the opportunity to select the option they prefer every nine weeks. Parents who decide at-home learning DO have the option to change their mind ONE time during the nine-week period. After that, they will need to wait until the end of the nine-week period to make another selection.  

 

Parents who choose at-school learning will send their students to school, knowing that precautionary measures will be taken to reduce and mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Parents DO have the option to keep their kids home intermittently throughout the nine-week period, without being counted absent. They earn daily attendance through one of the following daily engagement measure(s): 

• Daily progress in the Learning Management System (LMS), as defined in the approved learning plan; or 

• Daily progress via teacher-student interactions, as defined in the approved learning plan; or 

• Completion/Turn-in of assignments from student to teacher (potentially via email, on-line, or mail).

 

 

At-home learning:

For At-home learning, we had the option (from the Texas Education Agency) to create a synchronous plan (learning at the very same time, with the same schedule) or an asynchronous plan (learning is more self-paced, on a different schedule than in-person learning option). Living in Karnes County - specifically Kenedy, we do not have the connectivity within our community that will allow us to provide synchronous learning. Therefore, we developed an Asynchronous plan that we will submit to TEA for approval. Click on this link to see the At-home learning plan in detail, with sample schedules for students learning at-home.

 

At-school learning:

We released the Operational Guidelines for opening school for students a few weeks ago. In that portion of the plan, we outlined what we will do to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our KISD. In our learning plan, we identified a staging system to help us make decisions about managing or changing the instructional settings in response to Covid-19.  

For At-school learning, we will be providing direct instruction for students in grades 6-12, as we always have offered from 7:55 to 3:35. For students in grades Pk-5, we will provide direct instruction for all students from 7:50 - 2:45, and we will provide opportunities for students to access additional guidance needed to close learning gaps from 2:45 - 3:30.  

 

Kenedy Elementary School

The school instructional day remains from 7:50 to 3:30. However, direct instruction for all students will be provided from 7:50 to 2:45. Students who do not need additional instructional time will be dismissed to ride the first bus or to be picked up by parents at 2:45. We are adding supplemental instruction for students whose parents request full-day instruction and/or students who need extra instructional support. This support is available for EVERYONE, if requested, or if teacher's recommend it. The extra time available for students in Pk-5 will be called WIN time - which stands for "What I Need."  

We have added this change in our schedule for the following reasons:

1. It allows us to provide extra support, in smaller groups, for students who need additional instruction or support. 

2. This allows us to stagger dismissal and have fewer students leaving the building at one time, for health and safety precautionary measures. 

3. This will also decrease the capacity of riders on our buses at the same time, which also benefits everyone, from a health and safety perspective.  

4. Depending on the number of students who will stay for "What I Need" (WIN) time, teachers will be able to have time to upload lessons for virtual learners and to communicate with parents/students as needed. This support is available Monday - Friday from 2:45 - 3:30. 

We will have a second bus run and parent pick-up at 3:30 for these students.

Kenedy Middle School/Kenedy High School

The school instructional day remains from 7:55 - 3:35, with no changes in dismissal times. 

Click on this link to see the At-school learning plan in detail, to include the staging model we developed to make decisions around if and when to make changes to the At-school learning option.  

We are requesting that two weeks prior to the nine-week period, parents put their request to change the learning model for their children in writing or via email. This way, we will have two weeks to plan, in the event we have significant changes in selections.  

 

Preparing for Certain Uncertainty

We know that we will have to shift and pivot as changes in our plan may be necessary throughout the school year, as we work to keep COVID 19 out of our schools and community. No school district in our lifetime has ever had to plan for this uncertain time. The only thing we can be sure about is that there will be uncertainty during this school year. We have developed these plans that are within the guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control. We are working with Karnes County and the Texas Department of State Health Services to make the best decisions that reflect the level of control of the virus in our district. We ask that you be a partner with us as we move forward to open up schools for our students safely. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have via telephone, email, or in person. I am 100% certain that we can work together to stay #KenedyProud and #KenedyStrong!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Diana Barrera Ugarte

Superintendent of Schools

 

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