This school year has been a unique experience for our community, our students, and all of the MISD family. MISD has an obligation to appropriately educate students, even in the middle of a pandemic. While our teachers and staff are working hard to deliver virtual learning, it is apparent that over half of our students in this learning option are failing to satisfy the basic requirements of being academically successful.
The MISD administration team has been implementing software and instructional methodology, monitoring instruction, reviewing academic and attendance data, and speaking with campus administration and teaching staff. Discussions and data revealed online instruction has not been successful for the majority of our virtual learners. It has also become apparent the added burden of a full-scale dual instructional system on our teachers is unsustainable for the second semester. Our goal is to have all of our students be successful and experience the programs and benefits of an MISD education.
On November 5, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new guidance regarding virtual learning and how to address students who are unsuccessful in that environment. With the best interests of our students, teachers, and school community in mind, MISD has made the decision to end virtual learning for those students who are not showing success.
Starting on January 6, 2021, MISD will no longer offer virtual learning for those students who fail to meet basic academic standards and/or attendance requirements.
For students who have a medical attestation from a medical doctor, a virtual learning option will be available during that specified timeframe. Please contact your campus principal for more details.
For students who test positive for COVID-19, or have to quarantine because of the virus, your campus administration will work with your student to complete online learning during the temporary quarantine period with the goal of returning your student to face-to-face instruction as soon as possible.
Successful Jr. High & High School Virtual Learning Changes
As the District is focused on student success, beginning January 6, 2021, junior high and high school students who are showing academic success and/or have an approved medical exception will start their spring courses through a mix of campus-based curriculum and Edgenuity, which is a third party online program.
For the academically successful junior high and high school students who choose to continue with virtual learning, the following changes will be effective January 6, 2021:
- virtual learning students will no longer be able to participate in extracurricular activities (i.e. athletics, fine arts, sponsored clubs, etc.),
- all virtual learning coursework will not be awarded weighted points and not be included in the calculation of class rank (high school), and
- not all specialized coursework may be available in the new virtual learning environment.
It is MISD’s belief that face-to-face instruction is, and remains, the best method for a child’s learning and social-emotional growth. As we continue to remain vigilant and follow our safety protocols, we still have the ability to transition to remote learning for all students should the need arise. The District looks forward to seeing the vast majority of our virtual students return to campus.