BISD Instructional Preference for 2020-2021 School Year
July 29, 2020
As you know, local health authorities for Tarrant County and the City of Burleson ordered area districts to provide only virtual instruction through September 28, 2020. Although the Governor and TEA previously stated that school district buildings could be closed to the public by local health officials, the Attorney General issued an opinion letter yesterday concluding that local health officials do not have such authority. Yesterday afternoon, TEA announced new requirements in light of the Attorney General’s opinion. BISD leadership is reviewing the new guidance and conferring with local health and city officials, as still required by TEA, and intends to announce new plans for on-campus and virtual instruction by Monday, August 3. If you would like to review the new TEA guidance, please follow the links below.
July 21, 2020
Due to the Local Health authority ORDER ISSUED ON JULY 21, 2020, all Burleson ISD students will begin the 2020-21 school year with Virtual Learning. To ensure the successful implementation of TEA’s new programs, we will delay the start of the school year from August 19 to August 31.
Student registration will continue for all BISD students through Family Access in Skyward.
The most current information and resources regarding Virtual Learning for the 2020-21 school year are available at HTTPS://BIT.LY/BISD2020LEARNING.
Burleson ISD will continue to provide updates as they become available.
July 16, 2020
Online registration is now open! Right now, state officials require us to open buildings for on-campus instruction this fall for all students whose parents choose it. Accordingly, Burleson ISD will offer both On-Campus Learning and Virtual Learning for the upcoming school year. Please choose the best learning option for your student(s) by completing the “Instructional Choice for 2020-21” form through Skyward Family Access.
We know you need to make plans and prepare for the upcoming school year. We also understand that the choice you make today may change—and that’s okay! BISD has created a website containing protocols and procedures for the start of the school year, which will be updated regularly as guidance is received from state and local officials. Information can be found at https://www.burlesonisd.net/2020learning. Parents may change each student’s learning preference up to August 5th through Skyward.
Parent feedback now helps us best prepare for the start of school. Please know that plans may update to meet future requirements provided by Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath and other state and local agencies.
Completing the Instructional Choice for 2020-21 Form
Beginning July 16, all Burleson ISD parents can log in to Family Access and complete the “Instructional Choice for 2020-21” form. Please complete this form by July 23, 2020.
If you do not know your Family Access Login/Password, you can click on the “Forgot your Login/Password?” link to have this information emailed to you. For additional help, please email email@example.com for assistance.
Learning Options for the 2020-2021 School Year
The BISD leadership team has developed two options for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Please note, TEA will permit families to change from On-Campus to Virtual Learning each grading period.
Option 1: On-Campus Learning
Families selecting On-Campus Learning should be prepared for a school environment with TEA requirements in place. Students will report to school at the regular start time and follow the regular schedule to the extent possible. The current Executive Order from Governor Abbott requires anyone 10 and older to wear a mask. In addition, students will be socially distanced to the extent possible. Some classes may take place in non-traditional classroom spaces (e.g. libraries, gymnasiums, portables, and cafeterias) to accommodate social distancing. Some classes will be delivered in-person while others may be delivered virtually. These guidelines may change based on new information from TEA and the federal government.
Normal grading and attendance requirements will apply. Families electing On-Campus Learning must also understand that there may be the need to close schools and transition to virtual instruction for periods of time based on TEA guidelines regarding positive COVID-19 cases.
Option 2: Virtual Learning
We know that some of our students will not return to the normal school setting due to personal or family health concerns. Our team is working to shift our curriculum to meet the needs of students at home.
In order to align with the requirements of the TEA, Burleson ISD will structure the students’ Virtual Learning schedule to require students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning.
- Synchronous learning is two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through the computer or other electronic devices. English/Language Arts and Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies will be completed synchronously.
- 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. Asynchronous learning will be available for electives. Virtual Learning will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning.
With Virtual Learning, students will have a normal, routine schedule with synchronous instruction for all core (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science) lessons. Be prepared for more teacher interactions and spending more time in virtual learning and completing lessons.
The TEA will require students to show evidence of their learning daily in order to receive attendance credit. Students will not be able to wait until Friday to complete a week’s worth of work. Based on current information from the TEA, a minimum number of minutes of instruction per day will be:
- PK - 5th grade - 180 instructional minutes per day
- 6th - 12th grade - 240 instructional minutes per day
On July 10th, University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced that students participating in Virtual Learning may participate in UIL activities. BISD will follow this guidance, enabling virtual students to participate on campus in UIL activities as well as some Career and Technical Education courses. Look for further information about this in the weeks ahead.
As we receive more information from the Texas Education Agency, we will be able to provide additional guidance.