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Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions
 
Last updated July 14, 2020
Since we did not have the STAAR test of end-of-year assessments, how will the district know where students are in their learning and how will they monitor student progress to close learning gaps that may have occurred during Emergency Remote Learning in the spring?
Sanger ISD will gather data on all students at the beginning of the school year to determine where students are in their learning and identify gaps that may have occurred during emergency remote learning. Progress monitoring tools will be used throughout the 2020-2021 school year to address any learning gaps that students may have and to monitor progress in closing them  For students who are enrolled in online learning, it is important they complete all tools and assessments individually in order to assist our staff in identifying gaps. 
 
How is "close contact" defined?
Close contact is defined by TEA as:
  • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (eg - being coughed or sneezed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or
  • being within six feet for a cumulative duration of fifteen minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield
if either occurred at any time the infected person was infectious.  Individuals are presumed to be infectious two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed positive with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
 
 
What safety measures will be in place for social distancing?
Sanger ISD will follow all TEA and government social distancing expectations. Please refer to the Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Indians Return to Learning website. In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
 
Will students and staff be required to wear a mask?
Per TEA, Sanger ISD will follow all guidelines from the governor. Please refer to the Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Indians Return to Learning website. In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
 
If my child has to be quarantined and is attending school in person, will he/she be able to switch to Online Learning?
Yes.  If your child is required to quarantine, please contact your child’s school. An administrator or counselor from the school will contact you to discuss Online Learning.
 
Will a class be expected to isolate/quarantine at home if a student in their class, or their teacher, tests positive for COVID?
Sanger ISD will follow guidance from TEA, as well as state and local health officials on this matter. For more details related to quarantine guidelines, please refer to the Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Indians Return to Learning website.
 
How will lunch be distributed and where will students eat?
At this time, students will eat breakfast in the classrooms and eat lunch in the cafeteria and follow social distancing protocols.  In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
 
How will passing periods be managed for social distancing?
SISD is working to outline campus expectations for passing periods.  In addition to these expectations, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
 
In elementary, will students still switch classes between teachers, such as going to the math/science teacher?
At this time, Sanger ISD is planning on limiting transitions.  Campus principals will finalize plans and communicate any changes that are made to campus procedures before the school year begins.
 
Will elementary students have recess?
Students will have recess, but the equipment on the playground will not be used at this time.  Sanger ISD will limit the number of students on the playground at a time to help ensure social distancing.
 
Will transportation be provided?
Sanger ISD will continue to provide transportation to and from school for eligible students. Parents are encouraged to drop off their child(ren) at school and pick up if possible to help SISD reduce the number of students on buses.  See the Health and Safety Protocols page for more information.
 
What safety measures will be put into place for bus riders?
Sanger ISD will require students and staff to use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus. Students, Drivers, and Aides will be required to wear some type of face-covering if not driving.  When possible, windows will be opened to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.  We encourage families to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their students to school to reduce possible virus exposure on buses.  Buses shall be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, grab rails, and door handles.  During cleaning, we will open windows to allow for additional ventilation and airflow.  All drivers and Aides will be trained thoroughly regarding health and hygiene practices as it relates to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
 
In return, we ask for parents to keep their child home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with someone who has a lab-positive COVID-19 result.  See the Health and Safety Protocols page for more information.
 
When should I keep my child at home?
Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school with COVID-19 symptoms. close contact with a lab-positive person, or lab-positive result.  If a child has a fever of 100 or higher, we are asking that you keep your child home until fever-free for 24 hours.  Parents can request online learning as an option if the student is able to complete assignments.
Will Online Learning in 2020-2021 be different from At Home Learning in the spring of 2020?
Yes. Based on state requirements, Online Learning for the 2020-2021 school year will be more rigorous and structured than what students and parents experienced during the emergency closure last spring. Online Learning instruction will be aligned to Sanger ISD in-person curriculum and students will engage in daily structured and flexible work times. Attendance will be taken daily and all SISD Grading Guidelines will be followed.  See the Online Learning page and the Stakeholders Responsibilities page for more information.
 
How will we notify the school district if we plan to choose Online Learning?
In mid-July, Sanger ISD families will receive an email with details for In-Person Learning and Online Learning. Each family will be asked to complete a preference form for each child indicating their preference for In-Person or Online Learning. We ask each family to complete the Preference Form for each child based on your current preference; only one person in the family needs to complete the form. We will follow-up early in August, and families can indicate a different preference at that time.  We ask that all forms be completed by July 26, 2020, at 11:59 pm so returning staff can begin planning.
 
If we choose Online Learning, will we need to do anything besides complete the preference form?
Yes, all parents and students who choose Online Learning will need to attend a Required Online Learning Launch Meeting and sign an Online Learning Contract.  Meetings will be held in early August.
 
What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous instruction?
Synchronous instruction involves all students participating virtually at the same time.  Asynchronous instruction does not require all students to be virtually present at the same time; students will need to participate in each course each day.
 
If we choose Online Learning, what will my child’s day look like?
We believe that instruction from teachers is key to a robust, high-quality curriculum in any learning environment. Students will be required to be engaged in learning every day for each course and attendance will be taken. Students will receive lessons that could be in the form of videos or other teacher-directed activities that require students to complete assignments on their own and some may receive instruction from their teacher(s) via an online platform at scheduled times. Students in grades PreK-5 will be required to work for at least 180 minutes while students in grades 6-12 will be required to work for at least 240 minutes per day.  These minutes can be spread throughout the day.
 
If I choose Online Learning and want to change later, can I switch?
Students who start Online Learning will stay for the nine weeks.  For example, if a student begins the year on Online Learning, s/he will be learning online for the first nine weeks of school.  Parents/guardians who wish to change their students from online learning to in-person learning or vice versa must submit their request in writing no later than October 9 for a return to in-person learning the second nine weeks,  December 11 for the third nine weeks, and February 26 for the fourth nine weeks.
 
Can students who select Online Learning still participate in athletics, fine arts, or other extra-curricular activities?
SISD highly recommends and is planning for students who are involved in athletics and other extra-curricular activities, such as FFA, choir, band, or theater, to be enrolled in our In-Person Learning, so they can participate in the class that is tied to the activity. Students who choose remote learning will be able to take all Fine Arts and Ag courses online with learning focused on the individual. 
 
Will students who select Online Learning have to come to campus at any time?
Students who are involved in courses that involve hands-on opportunities should plan on coming on to campus for certain assignments.  When a student reaches an activity or assessment that requires hands-on participation that cannot be demonstrated otherwise, the student should reach out to the teacher via Canvas to schedule an appointment.  
 
If I choose online learning, will my child be taught by teachers at his/her home campus or by teachers from other schools?
Depending on the number of students enrolled in Online Learning, students may be taught by a teacher not based on the child’s campus where they would attend in-person. The same curriculum is followed by all teachers in Sanger ISD, so students will be taught to the same standards and with the same content from the same high-quality, rigorous curriculum regardless of the campus where the teacher is based.
 
If my child has to be quarantined and is attending school in person, will he/she be able to switch to Online Learning?
Yes.  If your child is required to quarantine, please contact your child’s school. An administrator or counselor from the school will contact you to discuss Online Learning.
 
How will grades be taken?
Based on TEA requirements, the Sanger ISD Grading Guidelines will be followed in full for students learning In-Person and students engaged in Online Learning. Grades will be recorded as outlined in the Grading Guidelines and will be visible through the Ascender Parent Portal.
 
How will attendance be taken?
Based on TEA requirements, attendance will be taken daily for all students, including students participating in Online Learning. More details will be shared as we get closer to the start of the school year.
 
Is the state following the same attendance rules that were in place before COVID?
Yes.  Compensatory education rules will apply for the 2020-2021 school year for students participating in In-Person Learning and Online Learning.