• What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?

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    Synchronous learning is learning in which two or more individuals are engaging in learning at the same time (for example, a live teacher-led lesson using a videoconference tool). Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-time interaction. Students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live.

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  • Will students participating in Virtual Learning receive live instruction for the entire school day?

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    No. The schedule will include times for asynchronous learning activities and also some synchronous learning opportunities. It will also include suggested breaks and lunch.  A parent/guardian/caregiver will need to be available to support students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed, especially for elementary students. During Virtual Learning, time management will be critical to student success. Students, teachers, and parents should utilize frequent communication regarding daily schedules and assignments to ensure that students are progressing towards mastery of the learning outcomes.

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  • How will Virtual Learning be different from the instruction provided during the closure last spring?

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    Students who select Virtual Learning will be required to virtually attend and participate in class daily, attendance will be taken, and daily completion of activities for all classes will be required. In the spring of last year, students’ assignments were provided at a reduced amount of instructional minutes as compared to a traditional school day. Virtual Learning this year will be a full course load of instruction and assignments that is comparable to what students who are attending school in-person will be required to complete. Teachers delivering Virtual instruction will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a remote, online environment.

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  • How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last spring?

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    To support all students, the district curriculum will highlight academic standards that teachers will consider as they plan to address the potential learning impacts resulting from the school closure. Teachers will use formative assessments and supplemental resources to personalize student learning to address areas of need. Intervention will be provided as needed.  

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  • Will there be attendance requirements for Virtual Learning students?

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    Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and participation in At-Home Learning. Students will be required to participate in online classes daily and traditional attendance rules will be enforced. A student will be considered absent if the student does not engage in the designated live-instruction and/or independent learning activities each day.  Additionally, the minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC 52.092 will be in effect for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted, including At-Home Learning.  Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.  

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  • Will technology devices be made available to students who need them?

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    Yes. Those who need a technology device for virtual learning will be able to check out a school-issued device. 

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  • Is internet access required for Virtual Learning?

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    Yes. Virtual Learning will be provided online and internet access will be required. 

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  • Will students participating in Virtual Learning need to purchase school supplies for the new year?

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    Yes. Families will need to purchase typical school supplies. Students who are participating in the Virtual Learning will need the necessary listed supplies from the grade level supply list in order to complete their assignments. Additionally, common household items may be necessary to complete online instructional tasks. 

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  • What online learning management system will be used to support our students in Virtual Learning?

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    The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Wylie ISD will be using Google Classroom and Schoology. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through this digital tool.

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  • How will student progress be reported?

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    Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format using numeric grades for grades 1-12 and standards based grading for PK-K. Assignments and grades will be entered into Skyward Family Access. The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for In-Person Learning and Virtual Learning will be the same.

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  • Will courses taken in Virtual Learning be included in GPA calculations and class rank for HS

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    Courses taken by students participating in Virtual Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance. 

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  • Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?

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    Yes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.  The District is awaiting further TEA guidance about how the STAAR test must be administered to Virtual Learning students.  

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  • Can students who select Virtual Learning still participate in UIL extracurricular activities?

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    Yes, students who select Virtual Learning may participate in extracurricular activities if they meet all UIL requirements, are enrolled in the applicable extracurricular course section, and are able to attend on-campus practices and competitions. Students must have their own transportation to and from scheduled classes, practices, rehearsals, etc.

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  • Are immunizations required for students enrolled in Virtual Learning?

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    Yes, at this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine requirements for students.

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  • How will Virtual Learning be staffed?

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    Schools will continue to be staffed based upon student enrollment. The staffing for Virtual Learning versus In-Person Learning will be determined by enrollment and student course selections.  At both the elementary and secondary levels, some teachers may be designated as teachers for the Virtual instructional model.  However, at the secondary level, some sections in a teacher’s schedule may be designated for Virtual Learning while other sections are designated for In-Person Learning.  

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  • Will elementary and junior high students be assigned a teacher from their home campus?

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    The assignment of students for Virtual Learning will be assigned a teacher(s) from the student’s home campus. All teachers will be certified Wylie ISD teachers.

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  • Can students change from Virtual to In-Person Learning after the start of the school year?

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    Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full 6-week grading period. Special circumstances that affect a family will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the campus principal. 

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  • How do parents commit to an instructional model of choice for their child?

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    For current students, parents will complete the Virtual Learning Application no later than August 7th.  Upon enrollment, new students will be provided the opportunity to select their instructional model.  

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  • Will resources be available for parents to support and monitor their child's Virtual Learning?

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    Yes. Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools. These resources will be available at the beginning of school.

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  • Will students identified as English Learners, Dyslexic and/or Gifted and Talented receive services?

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    Yes. More information will be available at a later date.

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  • Will students receiving services from Special Education or 504 be eligible for Virtual Learning?

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    Yes, all students in Wylie ISD will have the opportunity to choose In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning. Students that receive Special Education or Section 504 Services will require an updated IEP or IAP if Virtual Learning is chosen.  

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