Return to School Plan for the 2020 - 2021 School Year

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Arlington ISD
Return to School Plan

Tarrant County Public Health
Guidance for School Reopening

Virtual Learning Curriculum

OVERVIEW

Virtual learning will provide students with an ambitious curriculum and offer real-time instruction with their classroom teachers supplemented with self-guided lessons. An emphasis will be placed on student achievement, numerical grades used to calculate GPA's and daily attendance.

Devices and online connectivity will be available for students who need them. Online tutoring, support services for Special Education students, and Bilingual and ESL students will be provided. Students in Specialized Programs or Career Tech programs will continue on their path in the virtual learning environment.

Virtual Learning

  • Seesaw & Canvas
    • Connected Learning Framework
    • Consumable materials available
  • Collaborative planning strongly encouraged w/ regularly scheduled PLC time
  • Daily instruction
    • Taught by teacher of record
    • Synchronous moments (live) required
    • Cluster-grouping online students permissible (will require schedule change)

Schedule

  • Teacher to provide daily schedule
    • Half-day Pre-K 3 – 90 core instructional minutes
    • Full-day Pre-K 4 – 180 core instructional minutes 
    • K through 5th grade – 180 core instructional minutes 
    • 6th through 12th grade – 240 core instructional minutes
    • Additional minutes for specials/electives & UIL sports/fine arts
  • Daily assignments and expected tasks
    • Specific times for students to login for synchronous small group or direct instruction or interventions/acceleration
    • GT learning blocks (elementary)
  • “After-school” synchronous (live) tutoring available
    • Campus-driven

Attendance

  • 90% Attendance for credit; Taken daily; Secondary will need to take attendance daily for each course
  • Daily progress required; Information from Seesaw or Canvas shows the student made progress that day; Learning progress evidenced from teacher/student interactions made that day; and/or the student completes and submits assignments planned for that day.

Grading and Progress Monitoring

  • Students will participate in all typical assessments
    • Screeners
    • Curriculum Assessments
    • Final Exams
    • Teacher-made assessments
  • Numeric grades, grade point average calculations and class rank assignments apply
  • Communicating mastery and course progress
  • Additional teacher guidance on grading best practices will be provided

Athletics

  • Athletic participation
    • Students will be allowed to participate in athletics if they choose the virtual path.
  • Athletic classes
    • Students who choose the virtual path will be allowed to come to the athletic period in person. This will be encouraged to make sure our students are prepared both physically and mentally. Those students who are not able to attend in person will be given a virtual assignment.

 

Fine Arts

  • Significant improvements have been made to online modules across all disciplines at the JH and HS level emulating a very successful practice beta tested at one school in the spring.
  • Summer band and drill team startup dates are being reassessed in light of current conditions. Announcements about district-wide approaches to marching band aligned with UIL guidelines will be forthcoming. Arlington ISD has not yet canceled the competition season yet.
  • COVID-19 Operational Guidelines

Special Education

  • Services and instruction will be provided for all programs
  • IEP Dependent
    • ARD committee will develop IEP and schedule of services focused on students’ critical learning standards
  • Services will be provided in both asynchronous (not live) and synchronous (live) learning as determined by ARD.
  • In limited circumstances, if safety protocols permit, students may be asked to make an appointment to receive in-person services at their assigned school.
  • Students who are in a self-contained classroom participating in certain programs will continue to have the opportunity to receive services and engage in learning in the online environment. More information will be available soon.

Specialized Schools

  • ACHS, ACCHS & STEM Academy
    • All TCC courses provided online
    • UTA instructional models are course dependent
  • Pearcy & Crow Academies
    • Will provide all instruction online
  • Fine arts/dual language programs
    • A model schedule to be developed to provide routine direct synchronous (live) instruction in the target language
    • While fine arts instruction is ideal in the in-person environment, students should expect teachers to provide both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (not live) learning opportunities following the class schedule.
    • Dual Language Program: Parent Guide for Connected Learning (Spanish)

English Learners

  • Services and instruction will be provided for all programs.
  • EL bilingual and ESL instruction will continue and be integrated into teachers’ instruction.

  • Students qualifying for bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) services will continue to receive support in the online environment. Teachers will implement learning strategies to support students’ language development in accordance with Board policy and the District’s established bilingual/ESL model.

CTE And Workforce Internships

  • Certain courses may not be offered (list to be provided) due to specialized equipment
    • Students can choose to continue in a course not offered online and come to school just for that period (if school closure is not in progress)
    • Internships will continue in alignment with state and health restrictions. If this is not feasible, teachers assigned to work with students enrolled in these courses will provide the needed online instruction to facilitate the students’ opportunities to earn course credits until the students can return in-person to their assigned internships.

Tutoring

  • Students who are identified as needing additional support will have the opportunity to participate in online tutoring sessions. Students invited to participate in “after-school” tutoring will be contacted by their teacher and provided a schedule at that time. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

School is scheduled to start on Monday, August 17, 2020.

We hope that we can get back to in-person learning as quickly as possible.

We are under an order from Tarrant County Public Health to keep our buildings closed in order to protect teachers, students and staff and to avoid a possible strain on the EMS and hospital systems in Tarrant County.

Is the disinfecting product called Sani-Q2 safe for teachers and staff to use in classrooms and other facilities?

Yes, Sani- Q2 is a safe product. The product issued by the Arlington ISD is diluted before it is distributed to any district locations. The manufacture’s statement regarding the diluted product says “The product contains no substances which, at their given concentration, are considered to be hazardous to health.

Do staff members need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as mask, goggles or gloves to administer the product?

No, according to the manufacturer’s product information, PPE is not required to use the diluted Sani-Q2 product under normal use conditions; however, the district has PPE available for any staff member who would like to use it in conjunction with the Sani- Q2 product.

For the product in its diluted form, the manufacturer says “No protective equipment is needed under normal use conditions. For prolonged or repeated use or when eye contact may occur, wear safety goggles or chemical splash goggles.” And, “for prolonged or repeated skin contact use suitable protective gloves.”

The Arlington ISD custodial staff are the only district employees who are in prolonged contact with the Sani-Q2 disinfectant in its concentrated form and are required to wear eye protection, face shield, gloves, and an apron. The product that is issued to non-custodial staff is in a diluted form.

If I would like to request PPE to use the Sani- Q2 product, how do I do that?

Campus principals can order gloves and other needed PPE for disinfecting from the Central Warehouse.

Do I have to use the Sani- Q2 product, or can I bring in a household cleaner commonly found in local retail stores?

Employees are not permitted to bring chemicals of any type onto school property. The district is required by law to manage chemicals kept on school property and maintain manufacturers’ Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on all known chemical products. Many commonly used household chemicals contain additives which are not safe for use within a larger population.

The instructions say to leave the wet product on a surface for ten minutes. I don’t have time to wait ten minutes between classes so what should I do?

While ten minutes is optimal, the district is not requiring that the product remain on surfaces for ten minutes between classes. The product is still effective if left on the surface for shorter amounts of time and vigorously wiped dry, especially when combined with additional safety measures such as:

  • Students and staff social distancing
  • Students and staff handwashing and hand sanitizing often
  • Students and staff properly wearing masks at all times

Why doesn’t the language on the bottle match what the district is saying about product use?

When the Sani-Q2 product arrives it is in its concentrated form and stored by the district for dilution. The manufacturer is required to print the concentrated product specifications and instructions on the bottle even though it contains the diluted product. This is required for safety.

Before distributing the Sani-Q2 product to any district facility, professional custodians dilute the product according to the manufacturer’s recommendations using a factory calibrated blending machine. The properly blended and diluted product is used to fill the original Sani-Q2 bottle.

The State of Texas has made rapid antigen tests available for school districts across the state, including Arlington ISD. The test is designed to identify COVID-19 markers in symptomatic individuals. The tests are available for staff and students who are participating in in-person instruction.

This FAQ is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the testing process. For other questions, email pio@aisd.net.

Effective Friday, December 11, 2020, Arlington ISD has implemented new quarantine procedures for students who have been in close contact with a person/s positive for COVID-19. The new guidance comes at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, Tarrant County Public Health and the Arlington Public Health Authority.

See this FAQ for more details.

Remote Instruction During 19-20 Closure

Remote Instruction During 20-21

  • During At-Home Learning (March-May), priority was placed on teachers staying in contact with and providing instructional resources to their students through Canvas (grades 3-12) and Seesaw (grades PK-2) in order to minimize regression.  ERL Minimum Student Experience Elements
  • A learning framework will be implemented that prioritizes quality online lesson design and delivery.
  • Additionally, emphasis will be placed on student engagement, social-emotional learning, and student well-being.
  • Asynchronous learning activity will be tightly aligned to either Pre-K Guidelines or the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) and the district's curriculum for each content area.
  • Students will have multiple opportunities to engage in new content, process new learning, and demonstrate their mastery of learning objectives through their use of Canvas or Seesaw and other approved web applications.
  • Grading and attendance expectations were relaxed.
  • Students will have daily assignments.
  • Grading practices will align with district expectations and there are attendance requirements.
  • Students accessed their learning via the district’s At-Home Learning website and through their teachers’ Canvas courses or Seesaw classroom. This ERL Canvas Course Checklist provides insight into the LMS training teachers received and course design expectations. 
  • Parents will continue to access general information and guidance around remote learning via the district’s website.
  • Students will participate in rigorous remote learning through their teachers’ Canvas courses or Seesaw classroom.
  • All teachers received training and support in leveraging the district’s learning management systems prior to and while engaging in emergency remote learning with students.
  • In addition to continued support in Canvas and Seesaw, teachers delivering remote learning instruction will receive prioritized training and support with implementing the Connected Learning Framework before and throughout the school year.

 

Understanding that learning in the virtual space is challenging, the special education team has mapped out a plan that will give students services that align with their Individualized Education Plan (IEP.)

The PARENT RESOURCES team has prepared many resources to help parents and guardians support virtual learners. Please see the resource library to find the right resource for your family.

Devices and connectivity will be provided to any student who needs them. Check out our Technology Resources for returning to school.

Breakfast and lunch service will be available for all eligible students. All of the information is available from our FOOD SERVICES team. 

Food and Nutrition Services

Fine Arts and Athletics programs will be available to the extent that they can be performed in a virtual environment. More information is provided in the Curriculum section of this page.