October 13, 2020
RE: Remote Learning at Anderson-Shiro CISD
Anderson-Shiro began the school year on August 12, 2020, and in an effort to help numerous families and students feel comfortable about the return of public education, ASCISD decided to offer Face to Face and Remote Learning options for our Owl families. Over the past 8 weeks, ASCISD has learned that while the remote learning option is working for a few families there is no comparison for traditional Face to Face Learning in the public education setting. As educators, we are especially concerned with the number of remote learners currently failing, not completing assigned work, and/or not “attending” (logging into the lessons) daily. Through the first 8 weeks of school, over 70% of our remote learners are failing as compared to less than 10% of our Face to Face Learners. These numbers speak for themselves. On October 12, the Anderson-Shiro CISD Board of Trustees listened to reports from the superintendent and campus administration, and by recommendation, approved the following guidelines, effective October 19, 2020. ASCISD will require all students to return to Face to Face Learning with a few exceptions as listed below.
Exceptions to return to school in a Face to Face setting:
- The ASCISD enrolled student has a Medical Condition with documentation from a physician.
- The ASCISD enrolled student lives with or has a medically fragile family member in the immediate household with documentation from a physician.
- The ASCISD enrolled student has another extenuating circumstance, which would prevent the student from attending Face to Face. (Contact must be made with the campus principal and a decision will be made to grant the exception or deny the exception.)
It is our responsibility to provide the most effective educational setting for our students and we feel our traditional public education classroom is the most effective for the overwhelming majority of our student body. For families that do not wish to return and do not meet an exception, the following options are available:
- Withdraw your student from ASCISD and provide a plan to Homeschool your child(ren).
- Enroll in a neighboring school district, which accepts transfer students to continue remote learning.
- Enroll in a private school offering remote learning.
In closing, ASCISD wishes to thank the current students and staff for your diligence in wearing face coverings, regularly washing hands, and social distancing when possible. You are the reason ASCISD has been fortunate to continue our daily academic success with numerous extracurricular activities in the district for our students. ASCISD continues to Build Champions everyday and we thank you all for your continued support and dedication to our district and the OWL FAMILY. We look forward to seeing each of you in our classrooms on October 19!
Scott Beene, Superintendent