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Governor Abbott has directed school districts to re-open this fall with on campus learning. Due to remaining concerns with COVID-19, parents have been granted an opportunity to select remote learning for their child(ren). The Texas Education Agency and local health authorities are working closely with schools to provide return-to-school guidelines, which will be regularly updated.
Starting August 12, 2020, Marion Independent School District will offer on campus learning with multiple safety protocols and COVID-19 prevention measures as well as remote learning for students whose parents wish them to remain home. Both learning options will follow the Board adopted 2020-2021 School Calendar.
Option 1: On Campus Learning
Students attend school daily as designated on the 2020-2021 school calendar. Students returning to campus must follow all safety, sanitation, and social distancing expectations. Start and end times for students will maintain a regular school day: Elementary 7:40am - 3:05pm and Secondary 8:30am - 4:00pm. Students’ daily transitions between classes will be reduced to mitigate or reduce the likely spread of the virus inside the school. Federal and state guidance for student learning, assessment, attendance, and support remain in effect for the 2020-2021 school year.
Parent-Student On Campus Learning Contract
Parents and students electing to participate in on campus learning will need to maintain the following responsibilities:
Option 2: Remote Learning
Students will be expected to maintain a home learning schedule that ensures daily engagement and progress in their courses. Students are expected to engage daily with their courses.
Students will be provided classroom instruction remotely using a learning management system. Elementary campuses will utilize Google Classroom and SeeSaw as their learning management systems. Secondary campuses will utilize Google Classroom as their learning management system. The district will also utilize a video conferencing tool called Learn Max, so students can access instructional support from teachers. Students will receive a schedule for times they can interact with their teachers. Instructional support will be provided by teachers using a variety of learning tools (e.g., recorded lessons, real-time/live sessions, online learning platforms, etc.). The Learn Max video conference platform links with Google Classroom and provides a safe and secure environment for students to engage remotely with their teachers.
To engage in remote learning successfully, students will need access to a technology device, such as a desktop, laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet. To engage in real-time/live sessions with their teacher(s), students will need access to a technology device that possesses a microphone and camera. In addition, they will need reliable access to the Internet.
Elementary students will engage with all their courses daily: English-Language Arts, math, and science/social studies. Secondary students will engage with four of their eight courses daily, following the campus’ A-B rotation schedule. Students will need to complete the posted daily check-in assignment for each course to earn attendance. Students who do not complete the daily check-in assignment for the scheduled courses will be counted absent. State attendance guidance states students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will be required to attend summer school, attendance makeup days, or repeat the course/grade-level.
The remote learning curriculum will mirror the scope and sequence of the TEKS-aligned on campus learning curriculum. Teachers are expected to provide the same high-level expectations for participation and assignments as on campus instruction. The student academic work distributed in the remote learning environment ensures engagement that is equivalent to direct content work that a student would be engaged in over a normal school year. Students will have access to a variety of instructional resources to support and monitor their learning in the remote learning environment. Students will engage in a number of learning and progress monitoring activities to ensure they are retaining the required learning expectations. Teachers will continuously monitor attendance, grades, formative/summative assessments, and other online learning systems to ensure students are making progress.
Students participating in remote learning will engage with district adopted instructional materials. Parents may be required to pick up/drop off learning materials and projects to support this access to district adopted instructional materials. In addition, instructional materials will include specifically designed resources and/or accommodations and modifications needed to support students with disabilities and English Learners in the remote learning environment.
As with on campus learning, the federal and state guidance for student learning, assessment, and support remain in effect for the 2020-2021 school year. Student IEPs (individual education plans) are followed regardless of learning environment such that students with disabilities receive a Free, and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Students 504 plans are followed as appropriate to the student’s needed accommodations within the remote learning environment. English Learner students will continue to receive English language support. Students in the gifted and talented program will continue to receive academic and social emotional support. Students who need intervention will receive response to intervention support.
Parent-Student Remote Learning Contract
Parents and students electing to participate in remote learning will need to maintain the following responsibilities:
Transitioning Between Learning Options
Parents will be asked to select a learning option that will begin on August 12, 2020. Parents will complete a Learning Option Commitment form online by noon on August 3. Dependent upon what learning option is selected on the Learning Option Commitment form, you will ALSO need to complete either the Student-Parent Remote Learning Contract or the Student-Parent On-Campus Learning Contract
Once a learning option has been selected, students will be required to remain in their current learning option until the established transition date: 9/8/2020, 10/5/2020, 1/5/2021, 2/8/2021, 3/22/2021, and 4/26/2021. Students will need to maintain engagement and attendance in their current learning option until the scheduled transition date. To request a learning option transition, parents will need to complete the Learning Option Transition Request form before the established transition dates. Campuses will make contact to schedule the students transition. If a learning option transition request is not submitted, students will continue their selected learning option.
The exception to immediately switching from On-Campus Learning to Remote Learning would be if a student was required to stay home due a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 or
District funding and resources are linked to attendance. Attendance will be taken each day for both on campus and remote learning to ensure that students are actively engaged. Students participating in remote learning are expected to be fully engaged and showing progress in their courses each day. Students will need to complete the posted daily check-in assignment for each course to earn attendance. Students who do not complete the daily check-in assignment for the scheduled courses will be counted absent. State attendance guidance states students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will be required to attend summer school, attendance makeup days, or repeat the course/grade-level.
Students and Parents will be asked to complete a Student-Parent Remote Learning Contract that outlines the student and the parent responsibilities during remote learning to ensure the student can engage and demonstrate progress daily in the student’s courses. This student-parent remote learning agreement is also published in the elementary and secondary student handbooks.
Students enrolled in remote learning will follow the same grading guidelines as students enrolled in on campus learning. Teachers receive support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grading guidelines are followed in both learning options. The Marion ISD grading policies are published annually in the Elementary and Secondary Student Handbooks. Teachers will outline additional guidance in their course syllabus, which will be posted in Google Classroom. Progress reports and report cards, along with parent conferences, will be used to communicate each student’s progress and performance.
Marion Independent School District
211 West Otto St. | PO Box 189 | Marion Tx. 78124
PHONE: (830) 914-2803 | FAX: (830) 420-3268
Elementary Campuses (Krueger and Karrer)
7:40 am to 3:00 pm
Secondary Campuses (Middle & High Schools)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
In accordance with Title VI-Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX-Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504-Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1992, the Marion Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.
Conforme al Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, al Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972, a la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973 y al Título II de la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades de 1992, el Marion Independent School District no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, sexo o discapacidad.
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