This past March, Killeen Independent School District made the decision to maneuver into Virtual Instruction which lasted the reminder of the 2019-2020 school term. The district worked diligently throughout the summer to have a successful All-Virtual Start in place by August. The district implemented, “Return To Learn” plans for the 2020-2021 academic year as a response to the pandemic of COVID-19. The overall goal is to allow flexibility of virtual platforms operating alongside in-person learning. This combination gives students the opportunity to flex between the formats for as long as needed.
On July 28, 2020, the announcement to officially switch to virtual Instruction was made and started August 17, 2020. This was after the district assessed their ability to have virtual platforms for all students; a move proposed to keep the original school calendar schedule intact. The intent was to provide on-site instruction beginning September 8, 2020 for parents who elect the option to do so.
According to the Killeen ISD website, “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.”
Parents have made home virtual learning work the best they can. Some parents treat the virtual learning experience like their children are physically at school; as they have their children dress as if they are in their actual classroom. Other parents may not follow a specific dress code; but they work to manage the responsibilities of making sure their children are logging into their classroom platforms, attending their zoom meetings, and submitting their assignments.
The district opened up the campuses on August 31, 2020 for on-site instruction. On-site and virtual instructions are options that will be available for the remainder of the school term unless otherwise announced.
Killeen ISD stated they will continue to follow state mandates to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
For more information about the plans of Killeen ISD and the move towards full virtual instruction, please visit https://www.killeenisd.org/kisd_starting_school_year_on_august_17.