NZISD releases return plan

Posted 7/28/20

North Zulch ISD released their plan to reopen the district for the upcoming fall semester this week and will offer in-person as well as virtual instruction. The 2020-21 school year will commence Aug. 12, as originally scheduled.

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NZISD releases return plan

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North Zulch ISD released their plan to reopen the district for the upcoming fall semester this week and will offer in-person as well as virtual instruction. The 2020-21 school year will commence Aug. 12, as originally scheduled.

“Our decisions have been guided by staff and community input along with direction from the State of Texas, the Texas Education Agency and local health authorities,” stated the district’s lengthy plan, which can be accessed in part on the district’s website.

The face-to-face instructional option will include a mix of in-person learning as well as the use of Google Classroom for 5th-12th grade and SeeSaw for pre-Kindergarten-4th grade for specific instructional areas.

“This will ensure that students are familiar with the virtual platform in the event that we have to quickly switch to an all-virtual setting,” said the plan.

The in-person option also identifies a number of practices to help prevent the spread, including standard social distancing, more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing, increased airflow from outdoors when possible, adjustments to arrival and dismissal procedures and limiting student movement throughout the building.

Students grades three through 12 will be required to wear face coverings, in compliance Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.

The district’s virtual option will be offered through Remote Asynchronous Instruction format, which does not require having an instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real-time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and preassigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. Students earn daily attendance through daily engagement.

“The level of rigor, workload, time commitment and timing of classes will be vastly different from the at-home learning plan implemented in the spring of 2020,” said the plan.

Once a decision is made between in-person or online instruction, the district asks parents to commit for at least a full, nine-week grading period.

Students who begin receiving remote instruction as a result of staying at home to isolate from COVID-19 exposure will be allowed to return to campus at the end of their isolation period, as opposed to the end of a grading period.

In the event of a mandatory closure due to lack of attendance or decisions made governing authorities, all students may transition to an online learning model.

Remote Synchronous Instruction may be utilized with students in grades 3-12 for Core classes

(Math, Science, English Language Arts/Reading, and Social Studies) and Remote Asynchronous Instruction may be used for all CTE and Elective classes. Students in grades PK-2 must utilize only the Remote Asynchronous Instructional model per TEA guidelines.

Remote Synchronous Instruction, as opposed to Asynchronous, is a two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices or over the phone.

In order to assist students who made need technological support in order to participate in virtual learning, the district will offer services such as a device check-out, which would allow families to request technology devices to use at home, as well as increased Wifi availability.

The district also released a lengthy Google document on their website outlining operational protocols for the new school year.

“The health and safety of North Zulch ISD staff and students is a top priority within the

considerations surrounding the reopening of campus and facilities,” said the plan. “All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent home.”

In order to view NZISD’s instructional procedures, operational procedures and updated meet the teacher information, visit NZISD.org. A number of additional documents relating to the plan are also listed as “coming soon” on the plan’s page as of Monday.

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