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We are pleased to announce that our 2020-21 school start dates will coincide with the major school district wherein our campuses reside.  As of July 21, 2020, the following are the start dates:

 

City Opening Date
Austin August 31, 2020 (virtually)
Dallas August 31, 2020 (virtually)
Fort Worth August 31, 2020 (virtually)
Houston August 31, 2020 (virtually)
San Antonio August 31, 2020 (virtually)
San Antonio Highlands August 17, 2020 (virtually)

 

Texans Can Academies will begin with remote learning for the first three weeks of school. That is, local county governments have ordered schools to postpone in-person activities due to the current and growing number of positive COVID-19 cases across the State. With the ever-changing and fluid community spread of COVID-19, we ask continued patience as school start dates may change.  As such, please monitor the start dates by the respective large school district(s) in your community, similar to inclement weather announcements.

 

In preparation for the reopening of schools, Texans Can Academies developed the “I CAN Return” plan that includes three instructional options: (1) on-campus face to face instruction, (2) hybrid (combination) instruction, or (3) at-home distance (virtual) learning.  Our plan also highlights our protocols for risk management & safety, social-emotional training, readiness for responding to a positive case on campus, and our communication network.

 

In essence, we are committed to our guiding principles of maintaining the health, wellness, and safety of the entire school community by complying with: social distancing recommendations, required face masks, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and protocols for preventing the virus from entering our schools. While there are unanswered questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the health and safety of our school community continues to be our priority.

 

On the Texans Can Academies home page, you will find the “I CAN Return” plan (https://www.texanscan.org/) that highlights our detailed re-opening protocols. Regardless, we will monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) public health considerations for schools, closely adhere to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services local county health safeguards, as well as incorporate Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidance for reopening of schools.

 

Parents and students will be contacted by campus principals to schedule virtual one on one informational meetings about remote learning resources and technology options. Rest assured that we will work to provide students the required technology, portable WiFi hotspots, and training to facilitate a smooth transition into our new school year.  Should you have any questions or need additional information please contact your respective campus principal or our corporate administrative offices.

 

 


 


What is the reopening plan for school?

  • Initially all students will start remotely. Students will be contacted prior to the first day of school to arrange appointment times to pick up the student schedule and technology if needed.
  • Texans Can Academies has implemented a reopening plan that allows the schools to open but with a limited density in schools no greater than 50 percent (%) maximum occupancy. The instructional day includes the following schedule:
    • Blue Schedule: Monday and Thursday in Person; Tuesday and Friday remotely at their schedule class time.
    • Gold Schedule: Tuesday and Friday in Person; Monday and Thursday remotely at their schedule class time.
    • Virtual Wednesdays for all students at their scheduled class time.
    • All virtual Teaching and learning under this plan are considered a blended learning environment.

 

What is the attendance requirement? Will my child be expected to attend remote/online classes every day?

  • Students are subject to compulsory attendance laws, regardless if instruction is in-person or virtual.
  • All students enrolled in remote/online instruction must engage in learning activities in all classes daily.
  • Students must be in attendance for at least 90 percent of the time the course is offered in order to receive credit or a final grade.

 

What counseling support is available with Remote/Online Instruction?

  • Texans Can Student Advocates (formerly Student Advisors) will assist students and/or families with any concerns virtually.
  • Student Advocates will provide supportive guidance in response to mental health, psychosocial issues, behavior, or academic issues.
  • All students will be extended the opportunity to utilize our 24/7 Student Assistance Program that provides free tele-counseling services to students and their families. Additionally, students and families may be referred to our community and behavioral health partners.
  • Virtual education and support groups will also be available for students with specific needs, such as teen parenting, relationship issues, etc.

 

How will content be delivered in the Remote/Online Instruction option?

  • Students in the Remote/Online Instruction will have opportunities to engage in real-time learning with the teacher via the computer or other electronic device.
  • There will also be learning activities to complete each day. Lessons will consist of direct instruction as well as a combination of guided practice, independent work, collaborative group work, and formative assessments.
  • Lessons could include video clips with guiding questions, graphic organizers, time to share, checks for understanding, and reflection opportunities.
  • Students are expected to engage daily and participate in each class following a daily schedule.
  • Schoology, our learning management system, will be used to support instruction and enhance student engagement.
  • Students will earn grades for each completed assignment and assessment as determined by the teacher for each class.
  • Students must complete daily assignments and an exam in order to earn credits, as mastery and/or progress has been determined by each assigned teacher.

 

What curriculum will be taught in Remote/Online Instruction?

  • The curriculum in both Remote/Online Instruction and Traditional In-Person Instruction will be the same. The curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students will be provided rigorous instruction through TEKS based instruction, Marquez Reading, and FIE.

 

Will my child have to take the STAAR (State assessment) if he/she is in the Remote/Online Instruction program?

  • According to the Texas Education Agency, there is currently no plan to eliminate any standardized testing regardless of whether students participate online or in person.

 

My child receives services through special education. Will these services continue in Remote/Online Instruction?

  • These services will continue in remote/online instruction.  Special education instruction and/or related services will be provided in accordance with the ARD/IEP. Campuses will work with individual parents to ensure student needs are met.

 

My child is LEP (limited English proficient).  Is Remote/Online Instruction an option for my child?

  • According to TAC §89.1210 (g), all students who are eligible and participate in a Bilingual or ESL program are entitled to services under the law.

 

How do I withdraw a student while schools are closed? 

  • To withdraw parents or adult students will need to contact the school registrar; you may also contact our district PEIMS department for more information. 

 

What happens if student forgets their password or email?

  • Students should first contact their Student Advocate to determine if the issue is really a technology issue.
  • Their respective Student Advocate can determine if they are using the correct login syntax, password, etc.
  • The Student Advocate can open a ticket once they have confirmed that there is an issue with their login e-mail or login credentials. Schoology credentials require that the Student Advocate open a ticket on behalf of the student.

 

How will my student get help with technology issues?

  • If a student has a technology issue unrelated to forgetting their e-mail address and password (above), they should send an e-mail via their personal e-mail account to studenthelp@texanscan.org They should include their name, Student ID, a description of the issue and a valid phone # for service desk to call them on.

 

What happens if student forgets their password or email?

  • Please contact your child’s Student Advocate.

 

What are the technology requirements for Remote/Online Instruction?

  • Students will need internet access and a laptop, tablet, or similar device capable of connecting to the internet.
  • Computer devices will be available for pick-up from campus.
  • Contact your Student Advocate if you need assistance or are unable to come to school to pick-up your technology equipment.

 

What if I do not have access to technology and/or internet?

  • Parents or adult students can contact their campus and sign a device use agreement; the campus will provide the necessary technology for remote instruction.

 

When in-person instruction is allowed must my student return?

  • When we reopen for in-person instruction, we will follow the Blue/Gold schedule.
  • If there is a concern or circumstance in which a student cannot return to school following the Blue/Gold schedule, contact the student advocate.

 

What is the safety/screening plan for returning to in-person learning for my student?

  • Texans Can Academies will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the Governor, the county health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
  • All students, teachers, staff, and visitors are required to wear a cloth face covering (mask).
  • All students, parent/guardians, staff, visitors, and vendors must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, check their temperature before coming to any school campus, and stay home when sick or have a fever. A fever is defined as a body temperature at or above 100.4 °F.
  • Students and staff should stay home if they feel sick (fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell). This will help us keep from spreading any illness or virus.
  • Upon entering the school building students, teachers, staff, and all visitors will be subjected to a brief health screening consisting of a thermal scan, infrared fever scanning camera or non-contact temperature test to determine if the person has a fever.
  • Individuals with a fever will be denied access into the main school and will be escorted by a trained individual to the isolation area for parent notification and referral to testing site.
  • There will be a staggered schedule for arrival and dismissal from school.
  • Students will follow the one-way traffic sign and go directly to their assigned classroom.
  • All students, teachers, staff, and visitors will follow social distancing and hand hygiene etiquette.

 

What other required safety protocols must students follow?

  • Every campus will have a designated COVID 19 point of contact.
  • Teachers and school administrators will make regular announcements regarding how to reduce the spread of COVID 19.
  • Campus personnel will have face masks available if students do not have one.
  •   Campuses will place signage promoting disease mitigation strategies such as: increased cleaning and sanitation practices, frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entrance and in every classroom.
    • Students, teachers, and staff must constantly wash hands and or use hand sanitizer frequently.
    • Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is highly recommended by the CDC.
  • The buildings and high touch areas will be professionally sanitized frequently.
  • Students will also be asked to sanitize their work area often with solution or wipes.  Your campus will have sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer.
  • Students will be reminded to refrain from touching your face, nose, ears, mouth, or eyes.
  • Students will be discouraged from sharing items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
  • Students are to avoid sharing electronic devices, books, and other learning aids.

 

What happens if my child (student) gets sick at school?

  • Health care personnel will be available to assess students or staff with symptoms.
  • School administrators will monitor every incident.
  • Parents and/or the emergency contacts will be notified regarding the health incident.
  • School personnel will notify county health department and determine whether the student/staff need to be referred for testing and/or medical follow-up.
  • All teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school will be notified if a lab confirmed COVID 19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participates in any on campus activities.
  • Parents or guardians will be notified that the student will remain in the home until cleared by their doctor or self-quarantine for at least 14 days and until symptoms fully abate.

 

How many days will my student be required to be out if they have COVID 19 symptoms?

  • Texans Can Academies will follow county health department guidance. Students or staff who may have COVID-19 symptoms must remain at home for at least 14 days following onset of symptoms or until negative SARS-CoV-2 testing results are received. These are CDC guidelines. 

 

What other measures will be in place to ensure a safe environment?

  • Texans Can Academies will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
  • Campuses will place signage promoting disease mitigation strategies such as: increased cleaning and sanitation practices, frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing.

 

Will health and safety training be provided for all staff and students?

  • All staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of school.  All students will receive instruction on health protocols related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

 

How will social distancing be promoted in cafeterias, restrooms, and other common areas?

  • Teachers and staff will teach the expectations and safety protocols.
  • Signage will remind students and staff about social distancing, handwashing, and infection prevention will be posted throughout the school.
  • Students will follow one-way traffic signs as well as the social distancing guidelines.
  • Access will be scheduled and monitored by teachers and staff. 

 

Will cafeterias be open and will school lunches be served?

  • School cafeterias will provide boxed lunches.  A staggered schedule for utilizing the cafeteria will be developed and implemented by your respective campus.

 

Will transportation be provided for qualified students?

  • Bus passes will be available for student upon return of in-person instruction.

 

What happens if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Will the entire classroom have to quarantine? What if multiple classrooms and students/staff are impacted? Will students be able to participate in At-Home Learning during the quarantine?

  • Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover.
  • When notification of a possible exposure occurs, the campus will follow local health department recommendations that include notification of families and all school staff, and conduct contact tracing.
  • Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine.
  • In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education of these students will continue through At-Home Learning for the duration of the quarantine period.

 

What happens if my child’s campus is temporarily closed during the school year?

  • During the period of the school closure, students will remain at home and instruction will continue remotely following the student’s daily schedule.
  • Live, teacher-led instruction and peer collaboration will follow the student’s schedule throughout the day to expand students’ opportunities to engage with content and interact with teachers and classmates.
  • Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required. Instructional time will also be dedicated for independent learning activities.

 

How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last spring?

  • Marquez Reading /FIE /Rigorous instruction

 

How will student progress be reported?

  • Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format using numeric grades.
  • Assignments and grades will be entered into E-School.
  • The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for In-Person Learning and Remote Learning will be the same.

 

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?

  • Synchronous learning is learning in which two or more individuals are engaging in learning at the same time (for example, a live teacher-led lesson using a videoconference tool).
  • Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-time interaction. Students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live. 

 

Will students participating in At-Home Learning receive live, teacher-led instruction for the full length of a school day?

  • Students are expected to engage (log-in) for a full-day of at-home instruction.

 

Will students in At-Home Learning have access to instructional materials, such as guided reading books or other classroom resources?

  • Students will be provided with some instructional materials that will vary based on the grade level and coursework of the student.
  • Some resources may be provided digitally.
  • The design of classroom instruction will account for student’s access to specific instructional materials in the home. 

 

How does a new student or returning student enroll at Texans Can Academies?

  • All enrollment begins by filling out our online form. To access that form, go to www.texanscan.org and click on Enroll Now in the top right-hand corner of the page.

 

I want to attend a different Texans Can Academy school How do I transfer?

  • Transfers will be approved by PEIMS Department. The student can contact the campus registrar where he/she would like to move to. The registrar will contact PEIMS for final approval.

 

What do I need to do as a parent to register my child online?

  • Go to www.texanscan.org and click on Enroll Now in the top right-hand corner of the page. You will need to create an account and then you will be prompted to follow the directions to fill out the electronic enrollment form.

 

 How do I turn in the required documentation?

  • Required documents can be uploaded at the time of enrollment, right from your electronic device. You can take a clear picture of the document and follow the directions to upload.
  • You can also reply to the email sent to you by the Enrollment Management department and they staff will upload the documents for you.

 

How can I get help with online registration?

  • For assistance you may send an email to enroll@texanscan.org or you may call the campus for help.

 

Is open enrollment still happening?

  • Texans Can is an open enrollment school and enrolls students year-round.

 

Will courses taken in At-Home Learning be included in GPA calculations and class rank for high school students?

  • Courses taken by students participating in At-Home Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.

 

Will my student’s 504 plan or IEP be implemented as designed if I choose At-Home Learning?

  • In many cases, all supports, and services listed within a 504 plan or IEP can and will be provided as intended to students that opt for At-Home Learning.
  • A 504 or ARD meeting will not be required if all elements of the student’s IEP can be provided during At-Home Learning.

 

What about At-Home learning for Special Education students?

  • The Special Services Department recognizes that some services may not be necessary and/or feasible to provide within a virtual classroom environment.  In these instances, a Special Services staff member from the campus or district will contact the parent/guardian to discuss options to support the student.
  • Depending on the specific services within the 504/IEP and complexity of the student’s needs, a 504 meeting or ARD may be necessary to make determinations. These meetings will be scheduled on a case by case basis.  A parent/guardian may request a 504 or ARD meeting at any time.

I CAN RETURN GUIDELINES

 

Texans Can Academies – I CAN RETURN 2020-2021 (V5)
 

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