Back to School
- Letter from Dr. Vinson
- 2020-21 School Year
- On Campus Learning
- Remote Learning
- The Pivot Plan
- Health & Safety
- Extracurricular Activities
- Visitor Protocols
- Back to School Plan
- New Student Links
Letters from Dr. Vinson
July 29, 2020
From the moment we had to close our schools back in March, our students, staff, and parents have done an amazing job of focusing on learning while remaining hopeful that things would return to normal. We have said from the beginning that Wylie ISD will seek your input, move at the speed of safety, and make decisions that are in the best interest of our community. As the start of school draws closer, the plans we have spent the summer working on will provide the high level of education you expect from us along with the focus on safety we all need right now.
RESPONDING TO FREQUENT CHANGES
You may remember that, on June 23, the Texas Education Agency announced that school districts would be required to offer a choice of remote or on-campus learning for students. Wylie ISD customized our remote and on-campus options for students and asked parents to make a decision for their children.
With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Texas, Governor Abbott provided an additional option for schools to provide up to 15 days of remote instruction for all students. Later that week, this option was extended to offer additional weeks, with board approval. Thank you for your patience to allow Wylie ISD to slowly and carefully make safe and data-driven decisions regarding these options.
Wylie ISD first worked to determine if we would carefully and safely proceed with our original plan to begin on August 13, which provided parents with an on-campus option OR move to 100% online for the first 15 days of instruction. Because we want our teachers and students to be safe and feel safe, we considered the following factors that impact students returning to campus: Texas Education Agency and Governor Abbott’s guidelines, observing Collin County COVID-19 counts and trends, reviewing our Student Intent survey data, teacher and staff survey data and follow-up survey data, as well as guidance from trustees and district and campus leadership.
Current COVID-19 reporting data indicates that students may safely return to school as long as they follow strict protocols with manageable numbers that allow for social distancing. This includes enhanced safety standards that require employees and students from grades 5-12 to wear face coverings. Please click here to read the Wylie ISD face covering guidelines and other important health and safety guidelines.
Thank you, parents, for quickly completing our intention survey. Results from this survey show a balance between the choice of on-campus and remote learning.
A campus half-full provides the chance for everyone to practice social distancing.
With the implementation survey complete, the Wylie ISD parent commitment survey will launch tomorrow, Thursday, July 30. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the survey in Skyward Family Access.
Because teachers are required to come back to work, we want to not only keep them safe, but do our best to make them feel safe and hear their voices. For this reason, Wylie ISD teachers also have the choice to teach remotely or in person. This was so important to us that we asked teachers choosing the on-campus option a second time to make absolutely sure they felt safe as well.
We are grateful for our teachers and their commitment to our students. These results give us the confidence to fill both remote and on-campus classrooms. There may be some circumstances where an on-campus teacher may be required to teach remotely, as well.
Thank you for your feedback regarding the Governor’s option to move online. The overwhelming majority of the communication I received from parents were requests to keep on-campus learning as an option for our return to school. Based on your feedback and critical data, Wylie ISD continues to use these principles to guide our decision.
After an exhaustive review of our data, and preferences from our stakeholders, Wylie ISD trustees met on Tuesday, July 28, to review options and discuss health and safety protocols with district leadership. After this board workshop, Wylie ISD has chosen to carefully proceed with the original plan to begin on August 13 and provide parents the on-campus and remote learning option.
THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE
Since the Texas Education Agency decided to offer both an on-campus and remote option for Texas students in late June, Wylie ISD has been working to equip classrooms and teachers with the tools and training to do their jobs. Some of that equipment may not be completely installed until after Labor Day. Scheduling students into two different modes of learning, training teachers, as well as planning and practicing the logistics of health and safety protocols are big tasks. Your grace and patience as we proceed at the speed of safety is immensely appreciated.
While confidence remains high, our plans can be changed by Governor Abbott, the Texas Education Agency, and the Collin County Health Department. COVID-19 cases may drastically increase, or something outside of our control could change these plans. We are grateful for your flexibility and understanding as we may be required to change our plans.
Please know that your kiddos are in good hands; and, regardless of what comes our way, we will be prepared, the Wylie Way!