West ISD Return to Learn Instruction and Safety Plan
All West ISD Health Alert information, news, and reminders relating to COVID-19 and the District's "Return to Learn" and "Return to Play" information are posted on this website. The District will also publish all updates to the West ISD Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
During a Special Called Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the West ISD Board of Trustees approved Version #6 of the 2020-2021 Scholastic Calendar with a start date of Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The calendar is posted at the bottom of this web page.
Recently across the state, public school districts have been discussing the effectiveness of Remote Instruction for students, and West ISD has been reviewing our student academic performance and attendance data as well. To date, the academic performance and attendance data indicates some online learners are under-performing in comparison to students physically at school. Currently, around 55% of the West ISD remote learners are failing one or more classes, and more than 40% of our remote learners have excessive absences.
During the recent District Advisory Team Meeting and Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the West ISD administration stated its desire to see all students return to on-campus, in-person learning via a two-tiered, phase-in plan. However, on Thursday, October 15, 2020, the Commissioner of Education decided to weigh in on this topic and provided guidelines for all Texas public school districts to follow when discontinuing online learning. Based on these new guidelines, West ISD has decided to suspend all Remote Instruction across all campuses effective at the end of the first nine-weeks on Friday, October 30, 2020. West ISD requests all students to return to on-campus learning as soon as possible, or at the latest by Monday, November 2, 2020, which is the start of the second nine-weeks. It is the District’s belief that face-to-face instruction is and remains the best method for a student’s learning and social emotional growth.
This two-week grace period was established to allow all families time to evaluate educational options and determine what is best for their student. Though West ISD desires for all remote instruction students to return to their West ISD campus, other means of education include: (1) Transferring to another open enrollment school district still taking part in remote instruction, (2) enrolling in an online K-12 school, or (3) Withdrawing to home school. For students with a medical attestation, who test positive for COVID-19, or who have to quarantine because of the possible exposure, a remote instruction will be available through West ISD. The letter highlighting this decision and plan is posted below.
West ISD Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Notification Letters
- Texas Education Agency Coronavirus Guidance and FAQ
- Texas Education Agency Coronavirus Support
- Region 12 Service Center Coronavirus Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Guidance for School Administrators
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Coronavirus
- Texas School Safety Center Coronavirus Resources
- US Department of Education: Coronavirus
- Waco-McLennan County COVID-19 Statistics