Learn at Home
Hays CISD teachers, staff, and the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Department are hard at work preparing opportunities for students to learn at home. This is occurring virtually, meaning teachers and staff members are working collaborative using online tools and phones.
Most of the communication to you and your students about at-home instruction will be forthcoming directly from your teachers.
Learn at Home Schedule
March 23rd - March 27th: Planning. Our C&I Division will be working to prepare a menu of resources for teachers and these materials will be reviewed. Also, look for contact from your child's primary teacher, or the teacher assigned to be the primary point-of-contact with you during the coronavirus emergency, to determine your specific ability to access technology (devices and internet).
March 30th - April 3rd: Instruction. Students will begin receiving at-home instruction. The goal of the initial home learning will be to prevent loss of learning momentum during the temporary suspension of school. This will be achieved through the practice, review, and application of previously learned concepts and skills. The goal is also intended to maintain a learning routine and provide stability and school community connections for our students during a time of disruption.
The focus during this time period will be on opportunities for students to practice their skills using familiar tools as opposed to new units of study. These opportunities to reinforce and support student learning will not replicate or replace classroom instruction. Assignments will not be collected, assessed, or graded during this time period; however, students are encouraged to participate in order to maintain skills.
April 6th and Beyond: Phase 2. The C&I Division is planning for at-home learning in two phases. The initial phase (Phase 1) encompasses the two weeks immediately following spring break and outlined above. At-home instruction provided after April 6th, will be considered in a Phase 2 plan, which is currently under development and will be ready to convey to you in the coming weeks.
Learn at Home Q&A
What about our students in special programs? Special programs directors will collaborate and provide guidance to campuses to meet the needs of Hays CISD students. There is specific TEA guidance for meeting student needs during this time of closure.
What if students need materials? March 23rd - April 6th, Hays CISD will focus on opportunities for students to practice their skills using familiar tools they should have at home. If long-term learning plans are needed, additional information will be forthcoming.
Will students still have to take the STAAR or End-of-Course Exams? Governor Abbott announced that he has waived the STAAR testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the U.S. Department of Education waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Districts are still waiting for a decisions regarding TELPAS, AP Tests, Dual Credit, and other tests.
Will we have to make up days? Hays CISD is monitoring for guidance from the Texas Education Agency on this question.
Note: Information can change quickly based on the health and safety needs of our school district and community family. Information posted here is the most current.