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When school resumes in Dickinson ISD this fall, most students will follow the virtual route for the first three weeks of the semester.
Online instruction will begin Monday, Aug. 24, with the district’s 11,600 students taking lessons at home through Google Classroom and other resources. That session of virtual education will come to a close on Sept.11.
For that period, students across the district will all start and end their school day at the same time. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
On Sept. 14, schools will reopen for all of those who have opted for in-person instruction. Those that have chosen online instruction will continue receiving lessons at home.
There are some exceptions to this plan, however. Prekindergarten and kindergarten students who have chosen face-to-face instruction will make their way to campuses Aug. 31 so that they can get used to their new surroundings.
Registration starts Aug. 3
Registration for the fall begins Aug. 3, and parents of returning students need to make their choice of at-home versus online teaching by Aug. 14. Parents of new students need to call their home campus to schedule a registration appointment.
For those that wish to have their kids on the remote learning path, the students must have access to a computer, iPad or Chromebook. Some accommodations will be made for those that lack the proper devices.
“As part of our back to school registration procedures, we are surveying families to find out their technology needs for computers and internet access during remote instruction,” Dickinson ISD communications director Tammy Dowdy said. “We will be loaning computers and hot spots to students in need. We have some of these technology resources already available to provide to students.
“The district is also working with the Texas Education Agency’s Operation Connectivity Initiative to obtain additional technology devices so we can ensure that our students have the technology they need to be successful with remote instruction.”
Preference for online v. on-campus about even
So far, just under half of the district’s students are opting to go the virtual route.
“Of the 64 percent that have responded, 48 percent have indicated (they would like) remote instruction and 50 percent have chosen face-to-face instruction,” Dowdy said.
The remaining 2 percent are withdrawing from the district.
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