Student Learning Environments
On July 20, 2020 the Montgomery County Public Health District issued a letter of advisement to Montgomery County public school district Superintendents to postpone opening schools for in-class instruction until no earlier than September 8, 2020. Therefore, all Willis ISD students will participate in remote-only learning from home beginning August 12 through September 7. We will plan to reopen schools on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but will monitor the situation and provide updates the week of August 31. This learning is required for all students.
School environment selections will remain in effect for a full nine-week period, at which time a student can change their environment or keep it the same.
Option 1 - On-Campus Learning: Students and teachers will attend class in-person, five days a week, while following public health guidance and safety measures from state, federal, and local health entities.
Option 2 - Remote Learning: Even if schools open for on-campus learning, families have the option to select Remote Learning if they do not feel comfortable with the on-campus environment. Remote Learning will be a more structured system than it was in the spring, with instruction by Willis ISD teachers. Daily student participation will be required to verify attendance. Instructional modules are currently being developed by WISD teachers. Students will receive grades on assignments and assessments.
PK - 2nd Grade - Students will receive a learning schedule that will allow for teacher-led instruction, independent work, and teacher-led learning opportunities. Families should anticipate grade-level appropriate work that includes daily teacher interaction.
3rd - 12th Grade - Students will follow a schedule similar to on-campus learning and should anticipate approximately 3-4 hours of daily work depending on grade and course type. This would also include daily teacher interaction.
*Anticipated School Closures: Due to any potential health issues, or state regulations, students may move from the On-Campus Learning experience to Remote Learning for a period of time as needed due to student/staff illness or county or state regulations.
The 90% attendance rule is for all students, whether attending in-person or remotely. The 90% rule is a provision in the Texas Education Code (TEC) that applies to a student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12. TEC Section 25.092 provides that a student may not be given credit or a final grade for a class or be promoted to the next grade level unless the student is in attendance 90% of the days the class is offered.