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Students to have 2 options for Fall 2020

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July 15, 2020

The Bay City Independent School District planning for the 2020-21 school year takes into careful consideration the safety and well-being of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first day of school for BCISD students is August 20th.

Based on the latest guidance from the Texas Education Agency(TEA) regarding student attendance and engagement requirements for remote learning, Bay City ISD will offer two options of instructional delivery models for our students this upcoming school year: in-person learning on campus, or at-home learning. The at-home, or remote learning, will look much different from the emergency academic support we offered in the spring.

We will have more details to share with you next week, and are considering at-home learning for all to begin the school year before transitioning into the two options, as allowed by TEA guidance.

We are currently working on logistics for both in-person and remote learning models.  Some of our high school courses cannot be remote, so we will work with those individual student schedules to accommodate blended learning opportunities.  Both options will offer engagement with teachers and peers.

Regardless of which learning option you choose for your child, the expectations for coursework and the grading system will be the same for both in-person and at-home learning.  We are not considering a hybrid option because of Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements for daily attendance and engagement.

Additional safety measures will be put in place in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 both in our schools and on school buses. Rigorous and thoughtful planning is ongoing with input from staff at all levels, and details will be shared as they become available.

Guidance from the TEA and the University Interscholastic League(UIL) will drive decisions regarding extracurricular student activities. We will make decisions regarding these once we receive this guidance from the state.

The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Bay City ISD’s back-to-school plans will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus. We will reopen in accordance with guidelines from the state, and our plans are subject to change in accordance with TEA guidance.  Meanwhile, our campuses are being prepared with the proper safety protocols in mind. 

If we've learned anything from this experience, it's to keep plans flexible and be ready to pivot. As the situation continues to evolve, we will provide updated information. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We ask that you continue to connect with us via the district website, social media, email, and however you receive school news. It is critical that we all stay connected during this time as information and plans can change rapidly.

Sincerely,
Superintendent Marshall Scott III