PISD Virtual Learning Academy
TEA outlined two approved types of virtual instruction:
Remote/Virtual Synchronous Instruction (for grades 3-12 only)– Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method, the required amount of instructional time is scheduled each day, and funding is generated when attendance is recorded daily at a locally selected snapshot time. Synchronous instruction is provided through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, §28.002.
Remote/Virtual Asynchronous Instruction (for grades PreK-12) – Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engagement at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real-time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, §28.002.
PISD’s Virtual Learning Academy is a virtual asynchronous option with synchronous opportunities for students PK-12. This option will allow students to stay enrolled at their home campus while taking courses virtually. Students will have the opportunity to complete independent and collaborative work, with teacher support.
Parents have the choice to request for their student to attend the PISD Virtual Learning Academy due to COVID-19 concerns. Students who qualify, will be placed in the VLA.
A Ponder VLA ISD student is considered enrolled in PISD for attendance and funding purposes and would be eligible to participate in all extracurricular activities and sports per UIL guidelines. Students participating in all UIL and extracurricular activities must attend all required practices and rehearsals.
VLA courses will follow the same grading policy and attendance policies as the courses in the face-to-face model. Designated virtual academy courses will count in GPA calculation and class rank.
Parents/students may be required to pick up necessary items from their respective campus to ensure appropriate instruction/learning can take place in the virtual learning environment.
State, District, and Classroom Testing: Students may be asked to be present on campus or at a designated clean zone for scheduled testing. Designated areas will be sanitized and district health guidelines will be followed in order to protect students when needed to be present on campuses.
Students will be required to schedule times to meet with facilitators for state-mandated activities as the district schedules them. Examples: FitnessGram, CPR training, and other state-mandated requirements.
Learning Management Systems (LMS) will be used at each campus – SeeSaw for PK-2, Google Classroom for 3-5, Edgenuity for 6-12. Tech support is available to troubleshoot student access issues.
If students qualify for the VLA program they must remain until the end of the 9 week grading period. Any parent/guardian wishing to change their student's instructional platform must notify the campus one week prior to the first day of the following grading period.
Classes, Curriculum and Attendance
For all grade levels and classes in the PISD Virtual Learning Academy program, the curriculum addresses the state’s required standards.
In accordance with TEA guidelines addressing attendance and remote learning, students are required to engage each day in one of the following ways in order to be counted present for the school day:
-Interacting with the teacher
-Engaging in independent work in the learning platform (assignments in Seesaw, Google Classroom, Edgenuity)
-Daily completion/turning in assignments