Killeen ISD Starting School Year On August 17

Killeen ISD Starting School Year On August 17
07/28/2020
By: KISD
The Killeen Independent School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually for all students Monday, August 17 with the intent to provide on-site instruction beginning Tuesday, September 8 for parents who elect the option.
  
After assessing the district’s ability to expand its virtual platforms to include all students, district leaders decided to begin as scheduled August 17 all virtually, a move that will keep the original school calendar intact.
 
The school district’s unexpected shift in March to teaching virtually worked to prepare for the move to an all-virtual start and also places the district in an advantageous position to flex throughout the school year as conditions change.
 
During the summer, KISD has expanded and improved its virtual platforms to operate alongside in-person learning and to allow students to flex between formats.
 
Virtual learners will engage in live-online and recorded lessons from their teachers during normal class times aligned to a normal school schedule. Training on various platforms will be available to students and parents. Attendance, assignments, assessments, and grades will be required.
 
In support of the move to full virtual instruction, the following plans are in place:
 
  • All students will have access to instruction designed and delivered by KISD’s trained, highly qualified teachers.
  • Teachers and other staff will return as scheduled August 4 and dive into 9 days of professional development addressing multiple platforms and technology integration. 
  • KISD will open a technology hotline for students and parents who need assistance with technology and the KISD learning platforms beginning on Monday, August 10.   
  • KISD is planning to host a series of roundtable discussions to answer questions from parents and employees. 
  • Plans are in place to issue devices and internet connectivity as requested and to provide instructional and technical support through videos, tutorials and hotlines for students, parents and staff. 
  • Hotspots will only allow a student to access the learning platform websites outlined by the district. 
  • Grab & Go breakfast and lunch will be provided for students who qualify for free and reduced meals and those who opt to purchase meals.
 
Parents will be able to register students in-person at every campus on July 29 - 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to accept documents, answer questions, and assist with enrollment.

Killeen ISD will continue to follow state mandates and remains committed to the safety of all students and staff as we prepare to begin the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
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