As we are all anxious about the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we heard from TEA about what regular school will look like for the start of the year. The District understands that the details surrounding the return to school in August are of the utmost importance to its students, staff, families, and community. With this new information, we are finalizing our 2020-2021 opening of school plan which includes both face-to-face and online instruction.
Early this summer, MISD families were asked via a survey to begin thinking about whether remote learning or in-person learning will be best for them. Based on guidance from TEA, MISD will offer two learning options for the 2020-2021 school year.
Face-to-Face: Students and teachers will attend as traditional as possible class in-person, five days a week, with additional safety measures in place that align with state and federal guidelines and recommendations.
MISD Virtual School: Parents will have the choice to select this program which is virtual (remote) learning to consist of both synchronous (live) and asynchronous instruction. Synchronous learning is two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through the computer or other electronic devices. Asynchronous learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices.
As a District, we are reviewing all of the information that is being released from TEA and Governor Abbott, and are finalizing our Back to School Plan. On Wednesday, July 15, we will be releasing our full plan for the 2020-2021 school year. All of this information as well as future updates and information regarding Virtual School and Face-to-Face Instruction will be available on our website or by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/BTS2021. July 15 - 29, we will be asking parents to select which learning environment they believe is best for their child(ren). Both types of learning are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 12.
All of this information will be presented in our Back to School Plan so you can make an informed decision. We also know that many of you have questions in regard to health and safety measures that will be implemented for traditional school. As part of our overall plan, we are working on having as much of a traditional school as possible with safety protocols in place. The plan will include a list of FAQs to address the questions you may have which will include the following:
Are masks required? Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, masks are currently required for anyone in a school facility who is 10 years of age and older.
Will students eat lunch in the cafeteria? Yes, we are working on safety protocols.
Will students be able to enjoy activities including recess? Yes, again with safety guidelines in place.
We have opened up a place for you to submit questions to make sure we have covered all the concerns you may have about the upcoming school year. You can submit your questions here:
Thank you for your patience as we have worked through these tedious but very important details. We value each of our students and families and appreciate the trust you have placed in our school system. We look forward to seeing you for the 2020-21 school year.
Dr. Todd Stephens