College Station Independent School District

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Guidelines for Changing Instructional Setting

Effective December 8, 2020

The following guidelines describe the district’s instructional setting change process for students transitioning to/from the virtual instructional setting in spring 2021. 

Struggling Students in the Virtual Setting

In accordance with guidance from the Texas Education Agency and beginning in spring 2021, virtual students in College Station ISD will be required to return to on-site instruction if they are struggling academically to prevent further learning loss. The process of identification is described below. Advance notification of at least two weeks will be provided to the family, and an opportunity to appeal for medical or other reasons will be provided. 

For the beginning of the spring 2021 semester, identification of struggling students to return to on-site instruction will occur during the first two weeks of December:

  • PK - 4:  Preliminary identification of students in grades PK- 4 who will be required to return to on-site instruction will be based upon report card grades from the first nine-weeks and progress reports from the second nine-weeks. Virtual instruction will be discontinued for students with a grade of less than 70 or I (Improvement Needed)  in any core content class. 
  • 5-12:  Preliminary identification of students in grades 5-12 who will be required to return to on-site instruction will be based upon an average of grades from the first six-weeks, second six-weeks and first three weeks of the third six-weeks. Virtual instruction will be discontinued for students with a course average of less than 70 in any class.
  • All grades:  The final determination of struggling students required to return on-site will be based on the student’s final semester grades for fall 2020.

Throughout spring 2021:

  • At the end of each grading period, students with a course average of less than 70 in any class  must return to on-site instruction.

Appeal Process

Parents may appeal the district’s determination in one of the following ways:

  • Submit a medical exemption to the campus principal. The documentation must be signed by a health care provider indicating that the student or an individual in their home is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to a specified underlying health condition(s) as designated by the Center for Disease Control,  or 
  • Request a transition meeting for consideration of individual circumstances with the campus principal or administrative designee. Upon request, the district will schedule the meeting with at least three days notice and continue to provide remote instruction until the meeting has been held. 

 If parents wish to appeal the determination of the campus principal following the transition meeting, they may file a complaint in accordance with board policy FNG (Local).

Parent Requests for Instructional Setting Changes  

From Virtual to On-Site Instruction:  Parent requests for students to return from virtual to on-site instruction will be made directly to the campus principal. If approved, the timing of the transition will be determined by the campus principal.  

From On-Site to Virtual  Instruction:  Parent requests for students to move from on-site to virtual instruction will be made directly to the campus principal and considered on a case-by-case basis and based upon medical exemption. This documentation must be signed by a health care provider indicating that the student or an individual in their home is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to a specified underlying health condition(s) as designated by the Center for Disease Control. If approved, the timing of the transition will be determined by the campus principal. 

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