Information & Resources for the 2020-2021 School Year
Dear Waxahachie ISD Families,
Thank you for your patience as we continue making plans for the 2020-21 school year. Waxahachie ISD is still in the process of finalizing details for the 2020-21 school year, and this situation remains fluid as we continue to receive details from the Texas Education Agency. Waxahachie ISD families will be able to choose in-person or online learning options for their children in the 2020-21 school year.
The in-person instruction option will provide a traditional classroom setting for students. Instruction will take place five days a week during normal school hours at all WISD campuses.
Campuses will closely follow health protocols including:
- All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms as appropriate.
- Social distancing practices will be followed as much as instructionally possible.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in every classroom and in high traffic areas. Each teacher’s classroom will be stocked with products to clean and sanitize desks, chairs, door handles, etc., during the day.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be implemented.
- Masks and/or face shields will be worn according to orders from the governor or other officials. Under the current orders from Governor Abbott, Waxahachie ISD will require all students fourth grade and above to wear masks.
- The number of students in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the gymnasium, etc., at one time will be limited.
We are committed to ensuring that the online learning experience will be successful for those students who do not feel comfortable coming to school in person.
Online instruction will consist of daily lessons in each subject area provided by a Waxahachie ISD certified teacher. Students will need a device (iPad for students in Pre-K – 1st grade, Chromebook or laptop/desktop computer for students in 2nd-12th grade) and internet access to complete online learning. The district has a limited number of devices to loan students for online learning purposes. We strongly recommend that families purchase devices and ensure they have reliable internet access at home as soon as possible. Daily attendance will be measured according to minutes a student is engaged in online learning, so a stable internet connection is critical.
Students will participate in online daily instruction with follow-up assignments. Assignments will be submitted to the teacher through their online classroom environment. Grades for online instruction will follow district grading policies. The rigor of the online learning curriculum will be equal to that of the curriculum provided via in-person learning.
There may be situations in which courses selected by the student cannot be delivered in an online environment. In those situations, school counselors will work with the student to select an appropriate course that can be delivered online, or the student can choose to come to campus to participate in that class in person.
Choose Your Option
Families will commit to their preferred method of instruction for a minimum of one six-week grading period. If no change is preferred at the end of the grading period, no action is required by parents.
All students, whether choosing in-person or online instruction, must be registered during regular registration times. Information about registration is available on the district’s 2020-2021 School Year page. Families choosing the online instruction option must complete and submit an application, which will be available on July 30 in the Back to School Toolkit. We appreciate you completing that application as soon as possible after it becomes available.
The safety of students, families, and staff is Waxahachie ISD’s top priority. WISD remains in close contact with local and state health officials to ensure proper health protocols are in place at all times. Protocols are subject to change based on guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities. Please check our website regularly for additional and updated information. Further details will be available soon.
We look forward to welcoming all of our online and on-campus learners for a successful, Hachie Strong school year!