Cancellation of Remote Learning for Individual Students

Cancellation of Remote Learning for Individual Students
Posted on 11/30/2020
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According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Districts have several options available to help in determining the appropriate learning environment for students. When students are struggling, the need for interventions or a change in learning environments may be needed. In this situation, a parent or guardian can request for their student to be moved to in-person learning, or a district can cancel remote learning for the student if they notify parents/guardians of the cancellation decision and provide an appeal process.

Remote Learning Criteria

In an effort to ensure the best possible instruction for students, Castleberry ISD has established prerequisites for maintaining remote learning status for any student. These prerequisites include grades, attendance, and active participation in the remote learning setting. Students who meet any of the following criteria may have remote learning discontinued.

  • Student has a class average of 70 or below in any content area.
  • Student has 3 or more unexcused absences in a grading period.
  • Student has a lack of involvement in remote learning.

Appealing a Remote Learning Cancellation

For any student who is currently learning remotely and does not meet the requirements to remain in the remote learning setting, the district will provide notification to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student's removal. Parents can appeal the cancellation of remote learning by contacting the campus administration in writing no less than three days after receiving notification of the impending cancellation. Parent(s)/guardian(s) can appeal the decision in one of two ways.

  1. Submit a Request for a Medical Exemption. Download and complete the medical exemption form- available in either English or Spanish. This exemption requires a healthcare provider certification that your child or an individual in his/her household has a high-risk medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control. You must submit this appeal via email to your campus principal.
  2. Request a Transition Meeting. To request a transition meeting, contact your campus principal. Castleberry ISD will contact you to schedule a meeting. These meetings may be held virtually and will include input from your student’s teacher. The meeting will occur no sooner than three days after your request is received, and your child may continue to learn remotely until the meeting has been held.

If you do not appeal the cancellation of remote learning, your child will transition to face-to-face learning. If a transition meeting is held and the district does not conclude with the parent that the student can be successful in remote learning, the district may require the student to transition to face-to-face instruction.

Castleberry ISD Remote Learning Compact

The success of remote learning is dependent upon the partnership between administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, and students. The purpose of the Castleberry ISD Remote Learning Compact is to foster student achievement by outlining how these individuals will share the responsibility for student academic success in a remote setting. Listed below is a list of responsibilities that CISD asks each remote learning stakeholder to agree upon in order to ensure students have a successful remote learning experience. In a remote learning setting, daily electronic communication and monitoring of student progress is the key to success. If parents/guardians have selected for their student(s) to attend remotely, Castleberry ISD requests all parties to carry out the following responsibilities to ensure each child’s success.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Download and use the Skyward Mobile Access App available on both Apple IOS and Android devices.
  • Download and use the School Messenger App, available on both Apple IOS and Android, to sign up for notifications and set your contact preferences.
  • Download and use the Canvas Parent App on your Apple IOS or Android device to monitor your child’s activity on Canvas.
  • Like and follow both Castleberry ISD and your child’s campus on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube) to keep up with important information.
  • Sign up as a parent observer for your child’s Canvas account to monitor the student’s daily activity to make sure they are meeting the expectations set for students in this compact.
  • Sign up for Skyward Family Access to review grades and attendance.
  • Ensure your child completes assignments and assessments on time.
  • Ensure your child demonstrates digital citizenship and follows the CISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
  • Support your child’s health and well-being.
  • Provide a suitable study space with minimal distractions.
  • Contact the teacher with any questions.

Student Responsibilities

  • Engage in learning activities on a daily basis with the Canvas Learning Management system for a minimum of 180 minutes for Pre-K through 5th grades, or a minimum of 240 minutes for 6th through 12 grades.
  • Complete and submit assignments on-time, including assessments.
  • Demonstrate digital citizenship and follow the CISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
  • Participate daily in physical activity, conversation, and play.
  • Commit to working in a suitable study space with minimal distractions.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians and the teacher any questions or help needed.
  • Download and use the Skyward Mobile Access App on Apple IOS or Android on your personal device.
  • Download and Use the Canvas Student App on Apple IOS or Android on your personal device.
  • Follow best practices for synchronous virtual learning which includes displaying a live video stream of each participant’s face, so teachers may observe student engagement of the remote students as well as in-person students.

Teacher Responsibilities

  • Provide students and parents/guardians with clear expectations for daily interactions with academic content.
  • Hold office hours daily to support students.
  • Monitor students’ daily activity with the Canvas Learning Management System to make sure they are meeting the expectations set for students in this compact.
  • Ensure each student completes assignments and assessments on-time.
  • Promote digital citizenship and the CISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
  • Support students’ health and well-being.
  • Provide remote virtual learning tips for success.
  • Communicate weekly with parents/guardians and students.

This compact will remain in effect throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Castleberry ISD will continue to offer remote learning opportunities to students with documented underlying health conditions, those who have tested positive for COVID-19, or where close contact is identified by the local health department.