UPDATE: July 30, 2020, 6:51 p.m.
WFISD released the WFISD Student Commitment Form a few ahead of schedule.
If you already know which learning option you would like for your child next school year, please visit www.wfisd.net/selection to complete the form.
A separate form must be completed for each child.
The deadline for submitting the form is Thursday, August 6.
For a Spanish version of the Student Commitment Form, visit www.wfisd.net/spanishselection.
UPDATE: July 30,2020, 9:33 a.m.
WFISD has released The Roadmap Back to School.
You can view the full plan below.
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls Independent School District parents have exactly one week to make their final decisions about whether or not they want their children to participate in face-to-face instruction or virtual classes after the final Roadmap Back-to-School is released to the public Thursday.
The deadline is set for Aug. 6. and forms will be provided to parents on Monday.
If parents choose the face-to-face option, students and teachers will attend class-in person, five days a week with additional safety measures in alignment with state and federal guidelines and recommendations. Each campus has the ability to make adjustments.
Kuhrt said virtual classes, which would take place on Google Classroom, will be approved based on eligibility. In other words, If parents don’t have access to devices or WiFi this won’t be an option.
Google Classroom is a platform for teachers and students to interact through posting assignments, engaging in academic dialogue. When school begins, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of the program. There will also be online video instructions available for parents and guardians.
High school parents can change their choice after the first six weeks and middle school and elementary school parents can change after the first nine weeks.
“They have to let us know two weeks before the end of the semester that they are interested in the other option and this gives us time to make that work,” Kuhrt said.
Kuhrt said because they cannot guarantee six feet of social distancing in classrooms, students will be required to wear a mask or shield for most of the day and parents will be accountable for temperature checks, a decision made after information the school district received from the health district.
“Seventy-five percent of the patients that are tested positive for COVID-19 did not have fevers,” Kuhrt said.
If parents select the remote option, the educational content covered will mirror the instructions given during the in-person class. However, the content will be delivered through online methods. Parents are being asked to make sure students are available during their scheduled times and have access to a reliable internet connection and a computer that is video capable.
Grading will be the same in both the face-to-face and remote instructions.
WFISD School Board Member Mark Lukert questioned if there is room for flexibility in the plan so administrators can do what works best for their individual campus.
“You can’t compare Fowler and Booker T. Washington, there is no difference between the number of kids who want to come to school and the kids who want virtual,” Lukert said. “So my plea is, give this plan to administrators and let them run with it.”
As it relates to lunch, some students will eat in their classroom and others in the cafeteria while practicing social distancing.
Kuhrt said there will be a quarantine area just in case students are showing signs of COVID-19.
From there, parents will be contacted and will have up to one hour to pick up their children or if a child drives, they will need to drive home and make plans to get tested.
As it relates to the WFISD Career Education Center, Kuhrt said in the meeting they will still be taking high school students over to the CEC but could be looking into adding more routes.
All WFISD schools will open Thursday, Aug. 20.
The WFISD Foundation is selling masks, water bottles, hand sanitizer and some other school supplies. Online store closes at midnight on Monday, Aug. 10.