July 17, 2020
Dear Lackland ISD Parents/Guardians,
As you may know, as of mid-July, the public health crisis in San Antonio continues to escalate. The presence of COVID-19 continues to rise in our community. Because the safety of our students is our primary concern, we have made the difficult decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year 100% remote for all students. School will begin as indicated on the board-approved 2020-2021 school calendar which is Monday, August 17, 2020. This is a change from our previous decision which stated that we would conduct both face-to-face and remote instruction. We feel that current conditions do not allow for a safe face to face instruction at this time. We will conduct remote instruction for a minimum of four weeks. The Texas Education Agency has authorized school districts to request a board-approved waiver to the Texas Education Agency for an additional four weeks if conditions warrant this action. We will continue to monitor the local health situation when making decisions about returning after the four-week transition window.
As a reminder, the Texas Education Agency has endorsed two types of remote instruction: Asynchronous and Synchronous. TEA’s definitions of these terms are noted below:
- Asynchronous instruction is when the instructor and student are not engaged in instruction at the same time and can consist of prerecorded videos and pre-assigned work.
- Synchronous instruction is described as two-way, real-time/live virtual instruction between the student and the teacher using a computer, phone, or other electronic device. According to TEA, students in grades PK-2 are not eligible to participate in synchronous instruction.
Lackland ISD will provide the following remote instructional opportunities for the first four weeks unless we are extended for an additional length of time based on unfavorable conditions:
- Grades PK-2 will be remote asynchronous instruction with some synchronous opportunities
- Grades 3-12 students will be remote asynchronous instruction with synchronous opportunities.
Both remote opportunities will be managed using our Learning Management System (LMS) known as Canvas. During remote instruction, students will be required to engage daily in order to be counted present for class each school day.
Please continue to check our website at http://www.lacklandisd.net/covid-19 for the most up-to-date information. As we receive guidance and decisions are made, we will inform you and our community.
Future correspondence will include information related to enrollment status, obtaining technology resources, class assignments, access to curriculum resources and the learning management system, and child nutrition services.
Dr. Burnie Roper
Superintendent of Schools