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VICTORIA ISD HIGH SCHOOLS TEMPORARILY TRANSITION TO REMOTE LEARNING

Victoria East and Victoria West High Schools will transition to remote learning starting Monday, November 30, 2020, to support the safety of all students within VISD. Due to the rise in COVID cases and community transmission, substitutes and support staff will then be utilized to meet the face-to-face educational needs of our K-8 students. High school campuses are expected to resume on-campus learning Tuesday, January 19, 2021.


High School campuses will follow a compressed remote learning schedule. The schedule can be found at https://covid.visd.net/highschoolschedule.


Career and Technology Institute will follow a compressed remote learning schedule with lab and shop days designated face-to-face classes.


Liberty will continue to attend class on campus with a compressed schedule at this time. 


Specific targeted groups will be contacted no later than Friday, November 20, 2020, by their campus if their instructional setting will remain face-to-face or if it will be changed to face-to-face. Homework Centers will remain open to all students and be available in a virtual and face-to-face format. 


Club activities and extracurricular practices, please contact your sponsor/coach for details regarding meetings and practices. 


Fall Midterms

Students will continue to  be expected to take Fall Midterms using a revised exemption policy due to COVID-19.

The grading policy will remain the same, with the exception of the revision made to Fall Midterms. 


STAAR End-of-Course Testing


December STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams will remain scheduled for December 8, 2020, thru December 11, 2020. To ensure equity for all students, students must be supervised by a trained test administrator when administered these exams. Therefore, students will be tested at their home campuses and may not test remotely. 


Students scheduled to take one or more of the December EOC exams will be notified by their respective campuses of their exams, testing dates, testing times, and testing locations.


The majority of the exams will be administered online. It is recommended that students use the STAAR online tutorials and practice tests to familiarize themselves with the online testing platform and tools. TEA provided web-based tutorials and practices tests, visit https://tx-tss.caltesting.org/inbrowser/


If students or parents have questions, they should contact the Campus Testing Coordinator at their home campus.


Technology


Our team worked very hard last spring and summer to enhance our online teaching and learning strategies in preparation for future remote learning opportunities for our students. Monday morning, November 30, 2020, students will log in to Microsoft Teams to get their lessons and daily assignments.


If you do not have access to technology or the internet, Parents will need to contact your campus librarian to reserve technology. Technology will be distributed beginning the week of November 16. Campus librarians will contact parents to schedule an appointment to pick up a device or hot spot.


Meal Pick Up during Remote Learning


Victoria ISD will have three sites for parents to utilize for drive-up meal pick up while students are learning remotely: Crain, Chandler, and O’Connor. Parents may pick up meals on Mondays and Thursdays starting November 30 on the campuses cafeteria sides. On Monday, meals will be distributed for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, means will be distributed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please have a student ID, birth certificate, or proof of enrollment available. 


COVID-19


As more COVID-19 cases are being confirmed across the state, please remain vigilant. Monitor yourself and your family for symptoms of COVID-19.


Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:


  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
  • Sore throat;
  • New uncontrolled cough causing difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

Our students' and staffs' safety and health remain the district's primary responsibility. We understand this sudden transition will be inconvenient and your child will miss being in school; however, we greatly appreciate your families' flexibility, patience, and support. We are optimistic that the following mitigation protocols will help increase students' probability of having a safe and productive school year.