Midlothian Independent School District

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Virtual Learning Academy

On Monday, October 18, 2021, the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to offer a virtual learning option for students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade.  Midlothian ISD is committed to providing this learning opportunity for the 2021-22 school year.  

Overview

Remote Asynchronous Instruction PLAN

Midlothian ISD is contracting with Pearson, who will provide a blended learning opportunity for our students.  They use a learning management system called Pearson Connexus to provide both synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (independent) instructional opportunities for students.  Students will receive a Live Lesson on a regular basis from a Pearson teacher and will have additional assignments to complete on the Pearson Education Management System with the assistance of an adult at home.  Students will participate during normal school hours and follow the Midlothian ISD calendar.

These Midlothian ISD virtual students will be expected to be engaged during the full school day.  Lunch and breaks are built into their daily schedule, which is flexible around live instruction. Pearson teachers will schedule live instruction with students and will send workbooks or other resources needed for the program to students’ homes.
 

Sample Elementary Schedule and expectationsSample sixth grade Schedule and Expectations

Parent & Student Notices

Admission into the Virtual Learning Academy is contingent on the state requirements from Senate Bill 15 aligned with district expectations.  You will receive correspondence letting you know if your child’s application has been accepted or denied.  

This Virtual Learning Academy will look different from the remote learning we provided in 2020-21. Some important things to take note of include:

  • Students enrolled into the Virtual Learning Academy will no longer be enrolled in their campus teacher’s role, as their teacher of record will be the Pearson teacher.

  • Students will be allowed to participate in activities taking place at their home campus outside of the regular school hours.

  • Students must maintain acceptable attendance, behavior, and grades.

  • Students must commit to one full school year before switching modes of instruction.

  • Students need the support of an adult at home during the school day for virtual learning to be successful.

  • Though all instruction would take place at home, there will be times that students will have to report to a district building for state and local testing.  Sufficient notice will be given.

  • Students will need a parent or adult to help them throughout the day, serving as their Learning Coach.

Student Criteria for Virtual Learning

In accordance with Senate Bill 15, the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for Virtual Learning Academy (VLA).

Academics:

  • 4th, 5th and 6th grade students meet standard on all STAAR tests from previous year

  • Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students score above 45th percentile on both reading and math on Amplify (grades K-1), Istation and Imagine Math (grades 2-3)

  • Semester grades and final grades from 20-21 school year in core subjects (math, RLA, writing, science and social studies) must all be above 70.

    • Students in 4th-6th grade in the school year 20-21 must have had a 70% or higher in each individual subject.

    • Students in K-3rd grade in the school year 20-21 must have had a 2 or higher on the standards-based report card for each individual subject. 

    •  For students transferring from another district into MISD this school year, the student must have had a 70% or higher in each individual subject.
       

Attendance:

  • Fewer than 10 unexcused absences in 20-21 school year

  • Fewer than 17 total absences (excused or unexcused) in the 20-21 school year

  • Fewer than five unexcused absences in the 21-22 school year 
     

Specialized Programs:

  • Students served in special education may be admitted if they meet the above criteria and the courses offered meet the needs of the student as determined by the ARD committee.
     

Timeline

  • Application Closed - September 26, 2021

  • Initial Interest Parents Notified - October 29, 2021

  • Parents Meeting with Pearson and MISD District Leaders - November 2, 2021

  • Parent Final Commitment - November 5, 2021

  • Virtual Learning Academy Begins - November 8, 2021

Support and Assistance for Virtual Learning Students/Families

Pearson support:
FAMILY 411 is the Pearson online family resource center. This exclusive web portal is available 24/7. FAMILY 411 may be accessed from the Caretaker Home Page. Pearson support may also be reached at 1-844-597-3224

MISD Tech Support for Devices:
Technology Help Desk Line to assist our families if you need any support. Dial 469-300-4849 and select 1 for Technology.

Why is this only offered for K-6?
Our survey showed that the greatest interest fell in these grade levels.  


Why are you requiring students to meet specific academic and attendance standards?
Senate Bill 15 requires that students are successful in these areas for participation.  This helps us ensure we are serving students with an academic program that helps them succeed.


Will the Virtual Learning Academy be available next school year?
At this time, Midlothian ISD is only committing to the 2021-22 school year.  We will re-evaluate at the end of the year.


Does the district have authority to move a student back to their home campus if academic and disciplinary standards are not met? 
Yes, SB 15 gives us this authority, and it is our goal to help every child succeed.


Who will I contact if I have a problem/question?
Katie Bergvall (katie.bergvall@misd.gs) is acting District Leader for our Virtual Learning Academy. Becki Krsnak (becki.krsnak@misd.gs) is also overseeing the program at the district level. Parents may contact either one for more information.


Will tutoring be offered if my child needs more face-to-face assistance past the allotted live, synchronous instruction?
Yes, tutoring will be available.  Our district has worked with Pearson to have Live Tutors available for our students in this process. 

For more detailed information, please review the Midlothian ISD Remote Learning Asynchronous Plan posted above or contact Becki Krsnak, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, becki.krsnak@misd.gs