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LISD & UISD to start school year with remote learning

After six weeks districts will examine options
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 8:57 AM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -Local school districts are chalking up plans for the upcoming school year.

During LISD’s special board of trustees meeting, officials voted on remote learning for the first six weeks of the school year.

Students will continue with online learning from August 10th through September 18th.

With the school year a month away, the board had to make a decision and submit their plans to the state as soon as possible.

The school district can still revisit the plan after six weeks to see what the best step is and go from there.

On Tuesday, UISD will also hold a special meeting to decide their plans.

Last week, UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos said in an interview that both school districts are working together to have the same plan for the school year.

In a joint statement released from a UISD spokesperson, UISD and LISD says, “Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, both school districts are announcing remote learning (receiving full-time instruction at home via the internet or through paper/pencil instructional packets) is the safest way to deliver quality instruction to students until further notice.

United ISD and Laredo ISD are both prepared to move forward with remote learning on the first day of instruction August 10, 2020. Remote learning will provide consistent and rigorous instruction requiring the engagement of students on a daily basis. As required by the Texas Education Agency model, the District will provide online instruction as well as paper/pencil activity packets to be completed by students on a daily basis for a grade.

Teachers are tasked with delivering instruction aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and with the daily monitoring of student progress in order to prepare for state and federal accountability standards. Therefore, all students must be registered, enrolled, and participate in this instructional model to be eligible for all available program services from the school district.

The districts will be providing each student with the necessary resources to successfully engage in their daily instruction. In addition, both districts are working on plans to increase internet connectivity to our students.

For employees who are not teachers, the districts will implement a safe return-to-work plan. "

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