RRISD Virtual Learning Key Learnings & Sample Schedules

The Round Rock ISD Virtual Learning & Support Services Virtual Town Hall was held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Here are a few highlights from the presentation and a copy of the sample schedules. Keep in mind, the presenters said multiple times that these “sample” schedules very likely would change and adapt as time goes on.

What will virtual learning look like?

Virtual learning will be facilitated by Round Rock ISD teachers and will consist of a Monday-Friday schedule & routines. This will happen with daily, live instructions with certified teachers coupled with periods of self-paced, independent learning.

What would be required of the parents?

Students should be set up at home in a quiet, designated work space and parents are asked to provide support and encouragement by ensuring the students log in each day and participates in class. Parents will need to monitor that the student is completing assignments and they can maintain communication with the teachers.

How will attendance be taken?

Per TEA guidance, students who are learning at home may be counted present for attendance purposes under one of the following conditions and attendance will be counted daily:

  • Daily progress in the Learning Management System
  • Daily progress via teacher-student interactions
  • Completion/Turn-in of assignments

What is Synchronous and Asynchronous Modes of Learning?

RRISD Virtual Learning Sample Schedule: K-2nd Grade

Sample Student Schedule – Highlights

  • Students are scheduled into homeroom classes of 22 students
  • Each student will engage in scheduled “live” synchronous instruction twice daily
    • Whole group – 60 minutes
    • Small group – 75 minutes  
  • Each student determines when to engage in asynchronous learning
    • Follow the designated schedule 
    • Establish a schedule more convenient for the family
  • Virtual “Support Rooms” will be available for students to join to ask questions about content and assignments
  • “Choice Workshops” will be hosted by art, music, and physical education teachers each day. Schedules will be posted Friday of the preceding week and students will be able to register for the live, synchronous enrichment sessions. Students may not register for a workshop that will conflict with their scheduled synchronous academic time with their teacher.
  • Students eligible for additional services will receive communication about the service model.

RRISD Virtual Learning Sample Schedule: 3rd-5th

  • Students are scheduled into homeroom classes of 22 students
  • Each student will engage in “live” scheduled synchronous instruction twice daily
    • Whole group – 60 minutes
    • Small group – 75 minutes  (Students are assigned to a small group.)
  • Each student determines when to engage in asynchronous learning
    • Follow the designated schedule 
    • Establish a schedule more convenient for the family
  • Virtual “Support Rooms” will be available for students to join to ask questions about content and assignments
  • “Choice Workshops” will be hosted by art, music, and physical education teachers each day. Schedules will be posted Friday of the preceding week and students will be able to register for the live, synchronous enrichment sessions. Students may not register for a workshop that will conflict with their scheduled synchronous academic time with their teacher.
  • Students eligible for additional services will receive communication about the service model.

RRISD Virtual Learning Sample Schedule: Middle School

RRISD Virtual Learning Sample Schedule: High School

What is Schoology?

  • A full-blown learning management system
  • No need to sign on to multiple resources
  • It is similar to Google Classroom but with a lot more features
  • A safe forum for students to interact with each other
  • Think of it as a “virtual backpack or locker”
  • Grade books will be incorporated with the program
  • Parents will have an account
  • Early-August, there will be opportunities to train for parents & students

What will On Campus Learning look like?

On campus experience will look different next year. These changes are due to social distancing – students will not be working in small groups, there will not be pillows and soft materials in the classroom, and school supplies will be individual. All students will learn to use the Schoology platform. In the on-campus environment, the student will have a nurturing environment. More information will be reveal next week at the 2 Virtual Town Halls about Elementary & Secondary Schools.

What will Grading Look Like?

Looking at different options for grading – and nothing has been decided yet.

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