Requiring a Transition to In-Person Learning for Individual Students
Grand Prairie ISD is committed to a safe learning environment and to academic progress for all students this year, and we are pleased to be able to offer both in-person and virtual learning as options for our students. While some students are thriving in the virtual environment, there are students who are demonstrating that virtual instruction is not the best learning modality to engage them in their learning. When students are struggling, the need for interventions or a change in learning environments may be necessary and will be evaluated in careful consultation between students, parents, teachers, and administrators, keeping the following considerations in mind.
- The health and safety of the student and their family
- TEC, §25.092, requires students to attend at least 90% of the course in order to obtain credit. This applies to individual course subjects at the secondary level, and to all grade levels at the primary level. Students who cannot meet this requirement while enrolled in public school may be required to repeat the grade and/or subject the following year.
- Truancy laws still apply to students enrolled in public school but who are not attending (either remotely or in person), although school systems have flexibility in their approach to truancy enforcement.
- Course grades may be a concern. Students who fail to earn a passing grade for a course (or an entire grade level) could be required to repeat the course (or grade level).
A district/campus can discontinue remote learning as an option for individual students if one or both of the following are true in any class:
- The student has a class average of 70 or below
- The student has 3 or more unexcused absences in a grading period
In this instance, campuses will notify parents at least 2 weeks prior to requiring the student to come on campus.
Parents may then agree to change their child’s learning environment to on-campus, or may appeal in one of two ways:
- Submitting a medical exemption. The campus will provide the link to the medical authorization and must provide an opportunity for parents to email this exemption request to the campus. This exemption requires a health care provider to certify that your child or an individual in the household has a high-risk medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Requesting a transition meeting. If the parent requests a transition meeting, the campus will schedule the meeting with no less than 3 days notice and must allow the student to continue to learn remotely until the meeting has been held.
If the parent does not appeal or if, at the conclusion of the transition meeting, the campus does not conclude with the parent that the student can be successful learning from home, the campus may require the student to transition to on-campus learning.