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Remote Learning Information

This information is designed to provide an overview of the BISD remote instructional model for the various grade levels, content areas, and electives. Campuses and remote instruction teachers will provide additional details to the requirements for academic success when school begins. We hope this overview helps families make an informed decision on the instructional model that is right for your student(s).*Please note:  Your student’s teacher(s) for remote instruction will be a BISD teacher, but may not be from your home campus.  Additionally, teacher changes are likely when moving between on-campus to remote instruction.

 

What is Remote Instruction?
Remote instruction will be based primarily on learning experiences that are designed to be completed by the student on a daily basis, but in a self-paced manner (asynchronous instruction).  Most courses will require periodic instruction that is in real-time between teacher and students (synchronous instruction). Some students may be required to attend advanced courses or special courses in a synchronous model with the on-campus students in the event it is the only time a course is offered.  Remote instruction teachers will use online tools for posting lessons, resources, assignments, for collecting student work, and for student-teacher interaction.While the teacher is the primary educator in remote instruction, parent engagement is critical for student success.  They must be involved in daily routines and lessons.

 

What will Remote Instruction Look Like?

Elementary:  Will use the asynchronous model* blended with pre-scheduled times of real-time instruction with the teacher and class. This instructional model requires significant support from parents, with an estimated minimum time requirement of 3 hours of online and offline activities per day.
 
Middle School:  Uses pre-scheduled, real-time instruction with the teacher and class blended with the asynchronous model. This instructional model requires moderate support from parents.  Students should expect to work an estimated minimum of 4 hours online and offline activities per day. Some electives such as fine arts and athletics may require in-person participation. Click HERE for a complete list.
 
High School:  Remote instruction will be asynchronous; however, sessions of real-time instruction with the teacher and class may be scheduled by teachers.  This instructional model requires limited support from parents during and after school hours.  Students should expect to work an estimated minimum of 4 hours online and offline activities per day.  Synchronous instruction may be scheduled for English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies and some electives. Other electives will typically be asynchronous. Some electives such as fine arts, ag, and athletics may require in-person participation. Click HERE for a complete list.
 
*Asynchronous Instructional Model--Students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices or over the phone.  It requires daily engagement in learning activities by turning in assignments, student/teacher interactions, or progress in the Learning Management System.
 
 
The remote instruction model will cover the same curriculum at the same pace as the on-campus instructional model.  Bandera ISD uses professional learning communities (PLC) for planning purposes.  PLCs are teams of teachers that design instruction, tests, and quizzes together.  As a result, students in both on-campus and remote instruction will participate in common assessments for the instructional units.  In other words, students will experience the same testing requirements, regardless of the model chosen.
 
Ongoing progress monitoring is a critical component of this model. Grading for remote instruction will be aligned with on-campus grading practices and in accordance with Board Policy EIC (LOCAL).

Remote instruction and Participation in Fine Arts, UIL Athletics, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Electives

Students who select remote instruction will be allowed to participate in UIL and extra-curricular activities on campus as long as the student is present during the related class periods and before/after school practices for those activities. Some extra-curricular activities will not require students to be in person during the class period.  Click HERE for a list of these activities.
 
Please note:  For students engaged in remote instruction who choose to participate in an extracurricular activity that requires in-class presence, families are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus. Remote students coming on campus must adhere to all safety protocols required of on-campus instruction including daily health screenings and wearing a mask (when required).  The UIL, fine arts, and other extra-curricular governing organizations will provide guidelines on student and audience participation at events and activities in the coming weeks.  Bandera ISD will comply with such guidelines.
 
Important Note about Student Activities
If parents choose remote instruction and do not want their student to attend a course that requires on-campus instruction, parents should contact their student’s counselor to request a schedule change to another elective.

In order to be marked present for each class, your child must demonstrate daily engagement in one of the approved engagement measures listed below:

  • Daily progress in the Learning Management System (Google Classroom or Seesaw) 
    For BMS Google Classroom Codes, click HERE.
    For BHS Google Classroom Codes, click HERE.
  • Daily progress via teacher-student interactions through email, the Learning Management System, phone, or video conferencing.
  • Completion/Turn-in of assignments from student to teacher through the Learning Management System (Google Classroom or Seesaw).
A student will be considered absent if the student does not have documented engagement according to the approved measures listed above. 
The Texas Education Agency has emphasized that, unlike last spring, Compulsory Attendance Laws will be enforced during the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of the instructional model chosen.  Whether a student participates in-person, through remote instruction, or both models:The minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC, 25.092, will be in effect for the 2020-2021 school year. In accordance with this law, students are required to attend at least 90% of each class to receive credit and be promoted. Remote instruction attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.
Bandera ISD will provide a device to each student through our 1:1 program. Remote instruction requires reliable internet connectivity. Since some areas of our attendance zone do not have access to reliable internet, wireless internet is available in the parking lot of all BISD campuses, as well as along Main Street in Bandera and in the parking lots of the county libraries.
 
For REMOTE LEARNER TECH SUPPORT, click HERE.
IMPORTANT INFO - PLEASE READ!
CHANGING INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS
In order to maintain a consistent classroom environment, if a parent wants to move a student from remote instruction to on-campus, or from on-campus to remote instruction, after Monday, August 3, 2020, he/she will have to wait until the end of a six-week grading period.
 
To change to a different instructional model, please complete THIS FORM no later than two weeks prior to the end of the grading period.
 
Alkek Elementary, Dixie Moseley:  (830)460-3900, dmoseley@banderaisd.net
Hill Country Elementary, Laura Klein:  (830)460-3901, lklein@banderaisd.net
Bandera Middle School, Patrick Sizemore:  (830)460-3899, psizemore@banderaisd.net
Bandera High School, Ken Vogel:  (830)460-3898, kvogel@banderaisd.net
 
First six weeks: FILL OUT THIS FORM by September 11, 2020
Second six weeks: Contact the principal by October 23, 2020
Third six weeks: Contact the principal by December 4, 2020
Fourth six weeks: Contact the principal by February 5, 2021
Fifth six weeks: Contact the principal by March 26, 2021