Remote Learning Discontinued

Return to In-Person Instruction
Posted on 12/17/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Return to In-Person InstructionDecember 17, 2020

Dear Devine ISD Parents,

We thank you, once more, for your continued understanding and support, and we want you to know that every decision made by Devine ISD and the Board of Trustees is made through a student-centered approach. Know that we are careful to weigh each matter we have to consider before we proceed.

On November 17th, the Administrative Team recommended that the Devine ISD Board of Trustees end remote instruction for all students. Devine ISD Trustees voted unanimously in favor for all remote students, except those who have received an approved medical exemption waiver, to return to exclusive in-person learning on January 5, 2021. Devine ISD sent initial communication to parents and the community regarding this announcement on November 18th.

Devine ISD does realize that some students are able to demonstrate some degree of academic success in a remote setting, but we believe that even these students are not truly progressing in their development or maximizing their potential as future citizens due to the restrictions of the online learning environment. Devine ISD feels that there is current evidence of that which we already knew: students need their teachers. They need to be greeted warmly by them each day, they need to absorb instruction in person, and they need to be able to raise their hands and ask questions face-to-face. More than anything, they need for their work and progress to be monitored in real time, in person. Teachers need to be able to look over a student’s shoulder and pause to help them then and there because students need immediate feedback as they work toward the ultimate goals of demonstrating competency and content mastery. Our teachers are the best at what they do, so we are confident that much ground can be regained for students by transitioning back to exclusive in-person learning.

For students without a medical waiver, working in Google Classroom will no longer count toward attendance credit under normal circumstances, and accounts will be disabled for students who neglect to return to in-person learning. Google Classroom accounts will not be disabled for students who have received an approved medical exemption waiver.

Parents may appeal this decision in the following way:

‚óŹ Submit a medical exemption. This exemption requires health care provider certification that your child or an individual in his/her household has a high risk medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control. This exemption form may be downloaded on the Devine ISD website at this link  Medical Exemption Form and submitted by email to rtlappeal@devineisd.org. The deadline to submit a medical exemption waiver will be December 31, 2020.

If your medical exemption is approved, at the district’s discretion, either remote instruction or homebound services will be provided. Medically waived students and students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are under quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus will engage via remote ASYNCHRONOUS INSTRUCTION for the duration of time necessary. Upon completion of quarantine, these students will return to in-person learning. Again, day-to-day and occasional/ sporadic remote learning will not be a choice for families without documented extenuating circumstances. Every student who is not under an approved exemption will have to report to his/her campus each day to receive credit for attendance.

For families who do not want their child(ren) to return to in-person instruction, alternatives include utilizing the Texas Virtual Academy, transferring to another district, or homeschooling. If you choose one of these options, please be sure to withdraw your child(ren) from their current campus to avoid truancy violations.

Please be assured that DISD will continue our rigorous safety protocols as we welcome remote learners back to campuses.

We value and appreciate your cooperation and support. Also, as we move into the break please remember to take the precautions necessary to keep your families healthy. Devine ISD wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful and restful Holiday Season!

Thank you,
Dr. Todd Grandjean
Superintendent
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