Top 10 Things You Need to Know for Back to School -- 2020


The district is continuing to expand technology resources to support for both on campus and remote/online instruction; however, delays in delivery have impacted capacity. We are awaiting delivery of devices from a state grant and district orders but  with so many schools across the nation needing devices, supplies have been limited. 

All instruction will be online and you should plan on each student to be online asynchronous for 3-4 hours every day.

Hondo ISD is again accepting applications for devices to be checked out to eligible remote learners. Approval will be based on the qualifying 2020-21 Free and Reduced Lunch information. The application window is open until Sept. 30.

If you have already completed a device request and just need to submit your 2020 lunch application, you do NOT need to complete a new device application. We have several pending device requests waiting for lunch form approval.

The 2020 Lunch application must be completed each year to identify qualifications. It can be found at It must be printed, completed and returned to a HISD campus or office. If you cannot print out the form, contact your student’s campus.

To complete a device request application (if you have not already applied), log into your Family Access account and follow the links.

Click here: or click on the Skyward logo on the page.


If you plan for your students to ride the bus, you MUST register your student to ride the bus online in Family Access. For questions, contact the Transportation Department directly at 830-426-7650 or check with the campus office.

Child Nutrition

Breakfast and Lunch will be available for students regardless of the where they are learning.

On campus

Breakfast and Lunch will be available for students while maintaining proper social distancing to protect them.

Students who are on campus are welcome to bring lunch to school; however, meals from outside the district can no longer be accepted during the day.

Remote/Online Learners

Breakfast and Lunch will be available for pick up for those who register with the Child Nutrition department. Register by calling James White at 830-426-7650 Monday-Friday 9-4.


Two Instructional Settings Offered

Face-to-Face/On Campus Instruction 

  • Available to all students, PK - 12 

  • Students may follow the traditional schedule, attending school 5 days per week. During the first 4 weeks of school, the district will have a modified schedule to acclimate students to the new environment and ensure that new processes and procedures are implemented

  • Enhanced sanitation protocols on our campuses will be followed throughout the day. 

  • Social distancing measures will be implemented wherever possible. 

  • Face coverings will be required of staff and students.


  • Positive COVID-19 cases will be isolated to localized, direct contact treatments and not result in whole school or district-wide closures

  • Following District protocols, a student(s) will transition to a remote, home-based option due to a positive COVID-19 case but will be expected to return to on-campus learning when possible for the grading period (6 weeks)

  • Visitors and volunteers will not be permitted unless a formal appointment is made

  • Outside food will not be accepted during the day. Students can still bring lunch with them in the mornings.

  • Required pick-up within one hour of parents being notified by the school nurse of a child’s illness

  • Altered electives/extracurriculars based on conditions allowed and guidance from UIL 

  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing (stations throughout the building and classrooms) 

  • It is recommended for students to bring their own water bottle 

  • Restroom usage regulated 

  • Special program services offered as normal 

  • Possible reduction in student movement/transitions in buildings 

  • Limited sharing of school supplies 

  • More assigned seating and workstations 

  • Physical distancing in classrooms and throughout campus, as feasible 


  • Limited activities that require large gatherings

Remote/Online Instruction

  • Available to all students, PK – 12

  • Full School Day, Monday-Friday

  • Attendance will be taken daily to fulfill local and state requirements

  • All work will be done online, so a computer and an Internet connection will be necessary.

  • Learning opportunities will be both synchronous and asynchronous. 

    • Instruction will require daily participation.

    • Synchronous activities will include real-time activities like Google Meet/Zoom/Canvas video chats or possible in person sessions with limited exposure to others (such as completing a hands-on lab activity at a secondary campus). 

    • Asynchronous instruction is NOT real-time and may be accomplished through independent activities and self-directed participation. Students will utilize Canvas Classroom to obtain instruction and submit assignments. 

  • Students will be expected to log in each day that school is in session, communicate with their teachers, and make adequate progress toward meeting their educational goals. 

  • HISD staff will oversee remote instruction

  • A care-giver will need to be available to support younger students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed.

  • Parent training in use of the learning management system will be available.

  • Student Helpdesk will be available.

  • Students will be expected to participate in district/state assessments to document student learning and growth as required by the State 

  • Students may be required to test onsite at an assessment center 

  • Teachers will provide feedback to students and use district grading guidelines on all assignments 

  • Altered enrichment and electives with limited choice in electives

  • Some electives will have on-campus requirements

  • Student-issued device will only be provided through an extenuating circumstance provision 

  • Social-emotional support provided

  • Special program services available

  • Lunch/breakfast  available for pick up 

Important Things to Note 

  • Expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for Face-to-Face Learning and Remote Learning will be the same. 

  • Attendance requirements are the same for Face-to-Face Learning and Remote Learning. Students must attend at least 90% of the instructional days in the school calendar to be awarded credit and/or advanced to the next grade level.

  • Once a parent makes a choice for instructional delivery, they will be locked in to that instructional delivery method until the end of the grading period (6 weeks). (The end of the first grading period is October 2) If a parent wants to change methods, they must notify the campus at least 2 weeks before the start of the next grading period.


Center for Disease Control

Skyward Family Access


Primary Guardians will be able to log into Skyward Family Access to complete online forms for the beginning of the year.

You can click forgot password to have the system email you a password reset. The district must have a current email address in the system to complete this process. If you continue to have problems, please contact the campus clerks or Mary Jo Peters,

Texas Education Agency

Demonstration Playlist

Click here for the play list of videos about the start of school and Canvas Learning Management System.