Return to school
Choice of Instructional Setting

Be informed and register for the option that is best for your family

Commitment due by August 14, 2020

Here is a quick summary of two options. More details below.

Summary

Even though the first day of school has been postponed, parents can choose between on campus or remote learning for their students for the first six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year by logging into their Skyward Family Access with their credentials on August 3-14. The window for selection has been expanded. The custodial family will be able to set the instructional method by completing the Method of Instruction Form  for each student.

This information is important to determine numbers in each setting to ensure adequate resources for each  option -- on-campus and remote. The commitment is for a full six weeks to make sure resources are adequate and data integrity is maintained.

The link to Skyward Family Access is here.

If you do not remember your password, you can use the "forgot password" link on the website. If you do not know your Login ID, please contact the clerk at your student's campus. If you have more than one child in the Hondo ISD system, you will only have one login to see data for all you students.

If you have trouble with your credentials, you may contact the clerk at your child's campus.

Directions to Complete Form

Technology

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 the so many schools across the nation needing devices, supplies have been limited. 

If you are considering the remote learning environment, please note that the district does not have devices available at this time  except for rare extenuating circumstances.

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

While devices were issued last spring during the shutdown, the devices in district will be needed for on campus instruction to start the year and are not available for check out.

Return to School 2020-21
Two Instructional Setting 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.

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Skyward Family Access
Skyward

Primary Guardians will be able to log into Skyward Family Access Aug. 3-14 to select which method of instruction -- On-Campus or Remote.

Be sure to verify your Skyward Family Access credentials. 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, mjpeters@hondoisd.net.

If you are new to Hondo ISD, contact the campus for more information about getting set up and process for selecting your child's instructional setting.

Transportation

Bus service will be available as necessary.

In an effort to improve safety and reduce the number of students on a bus, Hondo ISD is asking able parents to transport  their children to and from school  during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PLEASE NOTE - If you are not able to provide transportation for your child and plan for them to ride the bus, you MUST register your student to ride the bus. That must be done on the Transportation Form during the Returning Student Registration process or by contacting the Transportation Department directly at 830-426-7650.


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. More details will be shared as available.

 

Texas Education Agency