Bay City ISD will provide a rigorous and relevant learning experience to ensure that every student will be Future-Ready.
Please keep in mind that these guidelines are subject to change due to changes provided by the State and as the local health situation dictates.
In-person instruction at school
Students in BCISD will have the opportunity to attend schools and receive instruction via an In-Person format for the 2020-2021 school year. This scenario will include a blended instructional platform that involves in-person instruction as well as the use of Google Classroom (district-wide). This model will provide students access to all TEKS while also building their technology skills, digital citizenship, and supports District Strategic Goal #4:
We will integrate the most up-to-date technology district-wide to enhance student development, growth, and learning.
This model will also ensure that all students are familiar with the virtual platform in the event we have to quickly switch all students to an all-virtual setting. Additionally, it will enable a seamless transition between virtual instruction and in-person instruction in the event a student changes instructional models at the six week grading period or a student needs to leave the in-person model for health reasons.
Several operational considerations (detailed above) have been identified to prevent and mitigate the viral spread inside the school setting during In-Person instruction. These considerations are outlined in previous sections of this document.
- Students in grades 6-8 (middle/intermediate) and 9-12 (high school) will have a campus schedule developed based on their course requests and by the availability of an in-person teacher.
- Continuity in personalized support for students with specialized needs/services (i.e., special education, 504, English Learners, etc.) will be provided appropriately within the in-person or virtual instruction at-home environment as determined by each individual student's documented plan.
Virtual instruction at home
Virtual instruction in the 2020-2021 school year in BCISD will look vastly different from virtual instructional support during the 2020 Spring semester school buildings closure.
In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, BCISD will offer instruction via a virtual environment. Final decisions for course offerings and scheduling of virtual instruction will be made based on the number of students who choose virtual instruction and teacher availability.
Virtual instruction will be offered through a combination of Remote Synchronous Instruction format with additional Remote Asynchronous Instructional activities.
Remote Synchronous Instruction: Two-way, real-time/live virtual instruction providing interaction between teachers and students.
Remote Asynchronous Instruction: Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time, but still requires daily work and teacher feedback.
PK-12 students will be required to log into live Zoom sessions daily at assigned times during which they will see the live lesson being taught by the teacher of those students receiving in-person instruction. Students will be able to interact with the teacher during these lessons. Additionally, PK-12 students will also be required to complete daily activities or lessons as assigned by the teacher, which are also implemented for students receiving in-person instruction. These activities may include logging into and completing lessons in an assigned online learning program or it may include assignments posted by the teacher in Google Classroom.
All students must meet the requirements listed below to be counted present on a daily basis. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted.
Grades PK-K: Students will be expected to log into Zoom live streaming for several activities. The time that these students will log into live streaming will be less than older students. However, PK and Kinder students will also be expected to log in and complete other daily assignments or learning activities. As per TEA guidelines, PK and K students will be engaged in live-streaming and/or other online activities/assignments at least 180 minutes per day.
Grades 1-5: Students will be expected to log into Zoom live streaming classes for each core class. (ELAR, Math, Science, and Social Studies) Virtual students will also be expected to complete the same daily assignments in Google Classroom that students receiving in-person instruction will be completing. Special classes such as technology, art, music, and PE will not be live streamed. Virtual students will complete daily assignments in Google Classroom for these special classes. As per TEA guidelines, Grade 1-5 students will be engaged in live-streaming and/or other online activities/assignments at least 180 minutes per day.
Grades 6-12: Students will be expected to log into Zoom live streaming sessions in real time for every class in their eight-period daily schedule. Core Classes, as well as Elective Classes, will live stream their instruction. Virtual students will follow their daily schedule, logging into each live stream class at their assigned time. For core classes and elective classes, virtual students will also be expected to complete the same daily assignments in Google Classroom that students receiving in- person instruction will be completing. As per TEA guidelines, Grade 6-12 students will be engaged in live-streaming and/or other online activities/assignments at least 240 minutes per day.
Credit Recovery/Dual Credit Courses
Additionally at the secondary level, students who are scheduled for credit recovery classes and/or dual credit classes will find these courses available in a more independent and self-paced format. For these courses, teachers will be available to provide support and help students set goals to complete their online coursework. These courses do not have a real-time/live instructional component. The credit recovery teacher will monitor student progress, provide feedback, and hold scheduled virtual office hours for students in the credit recovery program. Dual credit students will follow the scope and sequence for their Wharton County Junior College classes and will contact WCJC professors and/or BCISD adjunct professors during virtual office hours. Successful students will be highly independent learners and able to advocate for additional support when needed. Students will be required to log in daily and make daily progress on such courses to be counted as present each day. Students are required to be counted present for at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted.
Please note that CTE courses that require hands-on learning may require lab and/or in- person instruction and may require some in-person attendance to complete course requirements.
However, CTE courses that are 100% lab based will not be available for Virtual Learning and course schedules will need to be changed. Counselors will meet with virtual students who may require a schedule change.
Grades received in a virtual format will follow the same grading guidelines as In-Person instruction.
Changing from in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person
The selection of a learning environment is for a minimum of one six-week grading period. Changing of a learning environment will not occur in the middle of a grading period. Exceptions in the best interest of the students may be approved by campus principals subject to availability.
In order to continue in virtual learning once enrolled, the following requirements must be met:
- The student will participate in all required coursework and virtual lessons during normal school hours.
- Students who do not have passing grades will participate in the campus’ failure intervention process, which may require a return to in-person learning.
- The student will participate in all tutoring sessions required by the teachers.