Overview of 2020-2021 Learning Models

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Lamar CISD continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, while receiving regular updates and guidance from local, state and federal agencies. With so much uncertainty, we want to ensure our parents have some choice in the educational opportunities for their children.

Lamar CISD will offer both on-campus and virtual instruction during the 2020-2021 school year and parents will have the option to choose which model is best for their students. Below is an overview of each option.

The primary parent or guardian of registered Lamar CISD students will need to complete a 2020-2021 School Year Commitment Form to indicate if their student(s) will participate in on-campus or virtual instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. The commitment form is available through Skyward Family Access and needs to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on August 9.

Overview of On-Campus Instruction

  • All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent home.

  • The use of face coverings will be determined by health recommendations associated with three levels of community transmission: substantial (red: masks required), moderate (yellow: masks required) and minimal (green: masks optional). The disease activity level will be updated and communicated to families each week.

  • Class size will depend on the number of students who choose to participate in on-campus instruction. Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible.

  • Student transitions will be staggered to limit the number of people in common areas (hallways, cafeterias, gyms, restrooms, etc.) at one time.

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available and thorough hand washing will be encouraged.

  • Staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible and have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces, as well as shared objects. 

  • Students requiring transportation will sit no more than two students per seat and are required to wear a face covering while on the bus.

For detailed information for on-campus instruction, click here.

Overview of Virtual Instruction

  • Based upon the guidance from the State, the virtual instruction option will require a higher level of rigor, workload and time commitment from the virtual learning that occurred in the spring of 2020.

  • Virtual instruction will require support from caring adults at home and within the online classroom environment.

  • Virtual instruction will follow the schedule of classes at the student’s home campus (secondary) or daily time expectations per content area (elementary).

  • The virtual instruction schedule will require students to participate in asynchronous (online without real-time interaction) and synchronous (real-time) online learning.

  • Each day, students will engage in daily lessons, activities and assignments in all classes in order to be marked present for the day.

  • Grading for all virtual courses will follow the same grading policy as the courses in the on-campus model.

  • Due to the rigor and participation expectations of virtual instruction, each student will likely need their own device and access to high-speed internet at home. *Families can indicate if they need additional devices through the 2020-2021 School Year Commitment Form. Families can find more information on free/reduced price internet here.

  • Students who participate in virtual instruction will have access to "grab and go" meals.

For detailed information on virtual instruction, click here.

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