Temporary Parent-Led K-6 Virtual Option for Elementary Schools
Released August 13, 2021
Dates: Begins Wednesday, August 25th - Friday, October 15th
We are excited to welcome your child back to school this fall and will continue to implement health and safety protocols for the new school year, including parent-requested desk and table shields, as well as the option for parent-provided face coverings. We know that the best place for children to learn and to thrive is in school, and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment so that we can welcome each and every student back to our classrooms.
While our primary focus is in-person learning under regular school operations for students, Rockwall ISD will provide a temporary parent-led Kindergarten through 6th grade virtual learning option to begin the 2021-22 school year. This option is for parents who are seeking an alternative experience to in-person learning for their child(ren). The virtual option will begin on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021, and will be reviewed prior to Friday, October 15th, 2021 for potential continuation. The District will continue to work with local health authorities, as well as monitor Texas Education Agency guidance and future legislative updates. The Rockwall ISD Temporary Parent-Led K-6 virtual option is a self-directed, online experience led by the parent/guardian at home.
Q & A
The Parent-Led K-6 Virtual Option is only available to currently enrolled students whose primary residence is located in Rockwall ISD. Students will be asked to return to in-person instruction if they are not engaging in the learning platforms.
Unlike last year, in-person learning and resources will not be affected to accommodate the virtual platform at any time. Rockwall ISD teachers will not be delivering virtual instruction. The virtual option student will remain enrolled on his/her home campus. The classroom teacher from the student’s home campus will not be responsible for delivering virtual instruction or grading virtual daily work. The classroom teacher will be delivering instruction to the in-person learners only.
This temporary parent-led online option does not include synchronous (live) instruction with Rockwall ISD teachers and will not resemble the 2020-21 Rockwall ISD remote instruction model. With parent support, students will utilize technology programs for instruction and enrichment.
Note: The Texas Education Agency did not fund virtual learning for school districts for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will remain enrolled on their campus and receive an excused-virtual absence for each day they are not present on campus. This virtual option is not accredited or funded by the state.
- An online Parent/Student Orientation will be scheduled on Wednesday, August 25th. From August 18th through August 24th, the District will be processing requests, contacting families, and distributing technology as needed.
- The parent/guardian will administer his/her child’s learning.
- Students will receive an excused-virtual absence for each day they are not present on campus.
- Asynchronous instruction will be provided for Reading, Math, and Science.
- Student work will be online.
- Student assignments and learning progress will be recorded in the online program.
- There will be no extracurricular or in-person activities.
- Free to-go meals will be available at designated locations.
- Pre-Kindergarten students
- 7th through 12th-grade students
- 5th and 6th grade students enrolled in the Advanced Math Pathways Program
- Students who are served by Homebound Services through Section 504 and Special Education
- Students who were not successful in remote learning in the 2020-21 school year
Note: For students receiving Special Education or 504 services, including dyslexia services, an ARD meeting or Section 504 meeting must be held prior to participation in the Temporary Parent-Led Virtual Option.
Students will engage with the Temporary Parent-Led K-6 Virtual Learning Option asynchronously. Asynchronous Learning is learning in which students engage in structured activities, as well as, independent learning and practice. The learning experiences will be self-paced and will require parent guidance.
Parents of students enrolled in grades K-6 in Rockwall ISD will receive an email message through Skyward on Friday, August 13th, 2021, with instructions on how to choose the temporary parent-led virtual option for their child. The student must be currently enrolled in Rockwall ISD to make this selection. Please know registration must be completed prior to selecting this virtual option. There will be no opportunity to select the virtual option after the close of the selection window.
The window to choose the temporary parent-led virtual option for students in K-6 is open from Friday, August 13th through Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at noon. Parents may elect to have their child permanently return to face-to-face learning at any time by notifying their child’s campus.