Fall 2020 Instructional Models
Richardson ISD is implementing instructional expectations to provide consistency and excellence across ALL learning environments while ensuring the health and safety of ALL students and staff. Families can choose between the face-to-face learning model or the virtual school model. Both frameworks are designed to be high-quality and academically rigorous while meeting the needs of students socially and emotionally.
The global pandemic continues to be an ever-evolving and fluid situation. Similarly, RISD’s learning environments will likely evolve over the course of the school year. Families may begin classes in-person, and later move to virtual environments if COVID-19 outbreaks occur or health authorities mandate the closure of school buildings. Conversely, families may choose to begin the school year in the virtual learning environment and shift to in-person learning at designated transition periods. Regardless of the learning environment, RISD is committed to providing the highest quality learning experience for students.
- The TEKS Resource System (TRS) will be used as the curriculum for both instructional models, ensuring ALL student lessons align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
- Daily learning experiences are designed to meet the individual needs and environment of the learner.
- Staff will use the strategies and practices associated with virtual and face-to-face learning to ensure ALL students grow academically, socially and emotionally.
- Both the virtual learning model and in-person experience will use the same Google Classroom, use the same grading practices, including GPA class rank, and use the same assessment calendar and expectations.
RISD asks that families commit to either face-to-face instruction or virtual instruction for each child attending a district school for the 2020-2021 school year for the first grading period. (Note that the actual date for the start of face-to-face instruction will be determined in conjunction with local health authorities and school closure orders.)
Each family will complete an electronic commitment process for each child attending a Richardson ISD school for the 2020-2021 school year. For each nine-week grading period, every student and family will have an opportunity to continue in the current learning framework or transition to the other option.
RISD will default to face-to-face instruction at their assigned RISD campus for families who do not complete the commitment process. Student courses and schedules will be completed based on electives chosen in the spring. Families will have an opportunity to reconfirm or change elective choices based on the virtual course catalog during the commitment process.
- Students who transition between virtual learning and face-to-face learning may experience a change in their schedule based on course availability and the campus master schedule.
- Elementary students moving from virtual learning to face-to-face will be placed at their home campus, pending seat availability. Parents may contact the campus principal or district enrollment team to determine open seats for face-to-face instruction.
- A priority will be made to group students in a cohort by campus and place students with a campus teacher whether enrolled in the virtual school or face-to-face model. However, an elementary teacher could serve virtual students from more than one campus based on enrollment numbers and parent choices. Those students will be grouped geographically to allow for optional face-to-face enrichment and support experiences. Conversely, secondary teachers/students could be in virtual classes with students from any secondary campus across the district based on enrollment and individual course enrollment.
All of the standard policies regarding enrollment apply to both virtual learning and face-to-face learning. Students must live within Richardson ISD boundaries to attend RISD. More information about RISD boundaries is available here.
Transition To and From Instructional Models
In the case of a classroom or school closure, or if a student needs to self-quarantine, RISD will ensure students, staff and families are prepared to efficiently transition to and from virtual learning.
- RISD will provide learning devices, and WiFI hotspots will be provided as needed.
- Students and families are expected to follow guidelines for care and use in order to ensure these public resources are effectively maintained.
- All students in grades 7 through 12 should purchase insurance, as they take home their devices daily. It is strongly encouraged for students in grades Pre-K through 6 to purchase insurance. The link to purchase insurance can be found on the RISD Parent Corner website.
- Relevant notification, instructions, procedures, policies and processes are available on the RISD Parent Corner website.
- Students are expected to follow all expectations as identified in the responsible use guidelines and student code of conduct.
- As RISD operates fully virtually from Aug. 19 to at least Sept. 7, all students and families will have the opportunity to experience virtual learning to help prepare them for any future transitions to virtual environment as a result of an intermittent closure.