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Dr. Bays' July 20 Letter to Parents

July 20, 2020

Dear Floresville Families,

I know you have been waiting for a complete picture of what school will look like for your child. You can now view the FISD Back-to-School Guidance that includes the FISD Remote Learning Plan on our website. In the reopening document, you will find the safety measures FISD will have in place for Face-to-Face instruction in addition to how FISD will handle positive COVID-19 cases as they appear on our campuses. The FISD Remote Learning Plan gives specific information about how students will learn remotely.  Remote Learning has been refined from the spring and includes new online learning tools.

Learning Option Registration will open in Skyward on Wednesday, July 22.  Parents will have until Sunday, July 26 at 10:00 p.m. to choose their child’s learning option. The Learning Option Registration will reopen for a limited time two weeks prior to the first day of school if you choose to change your child’s learning option. However, it is critically important that we have this information now for planning purposes.

You can find the FISD Back to School Guidance and Remote Learning Plans on the Reopening Information page at www.fisd.us. After reviewing these documents, please reflect on how you will answer the questions below which will be part of the Skyward Learning Option Registration on July 22:

  1.       Which learning option are you choosing for your child?
  • Face to Face Learning on campus
  • Remote Learning with support from FISD
  1.       Do you have reliable Internet access in your home that would allow your child to participate daily in remote learning?  
  • Yes
  • No
  1.   Although FISD is working to secure a device for every student, do you have a device (iPad or computer) in your home for your child to use to participate daily in remote learning? 
  • Yes
  • No

As you answer question #1, please consider the following factors

  • We are required by TEA to provide in-person instruction to all families who request it
  • TEA has not given districts any specific guidelines for social distancing; the guidance only encourages schools to provide social distancing as we are able

Knowing those factors, unless a significant number of parents keep their children home to learn remotely, we will be unable to social distance in classrooms, meaning students would be required to wear masks in classrooms as well as in common areas in accordance with the Governor’s July 2 Executive Order.  I realize that some parents do not have the option to keep their children at home, however, if you are able to, I encourage you to do so.  This would help us to create a safer learning environment for our students and staff by increasing the likelihood that they can social distance appropriately. 

When answering questions #2, keep in mind the district can issue hotspots to students without reliable Internet so they are able to participate in Remote Learning. These hotspots have an appropriate school filter and can only be used with FISD devices.

Also, you will notice in question #3 we are asking about devices available in your home for Remote Learning. As you know FISD, will be providing a device for every student during the 20-21 school year. FISD ordered Chromebooks in June that were originally promised to be delivered prior to the first day of school. The district was recently notified that Chromebooks are back-ordered due to increased demand worldwide. However, FISD is not alone and the Texas Education Agency is trying to help districts get Chromebooks sooner. FISD still has devices to issue to students, but we will not be able to issue every student a device until all ordered Chromebooks are delivered. Our first priority is to issue devices to students who do not have a device available for use at home.

You will receive an email on Wednesday letting you know the Learning Option Registration is open.  The decision we are asking you to make regarding your child’s learning option is very important for our planning. If you have questions that are not addressed in the reopening plan or FISD Remote Learning Guidelines, you can send them to info@fisd.us

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to prepare students for prosperous lives.

Dr. Sherri Bays
Superintendent of Schools