New Braunfels ISD to allow students to switch between online and in-person instruction

NBISD and CISD will allow students to change their learning environment option at the end of each nine-week grading period. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
NBISD and CISD will allow students to change their learning environment option at the end of each nine-week grading period. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

NBISD and CISD will allow students to change their learning environment option at the end of each nine-week grading period. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Ahead of Oct. 16, which is the end of the first nine-week grading period, students enrolled at New Braunfels ISD will be able to request a change in instruction environment for the remainder of the semester.



Students enrolled in on-campus learning may request a change to online learning, provided they are passing three core classes and have at least 90% attendance, according to the district’s back-to-school plan.



If a student enrolled in remote learning is not meeting those criteria, they must return to campus, according to NBISD Director of Communications Rebecca Villarreal.



“We expect quite a few students that are going to transition from remote to campus,” Villarreal said. “We’ll start looking at numbers where we can shift those kids into open seats or classes that are already existing.”



Change requests will be received from Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, and students will be able to start their new schedules Oct. 19. Students who wish to continue their current learning method do not need to re-enroll, according to the plan.



District information also states a change in learning environment may result in a teacher or campus change for elementary students and teacher or schedule changes for secondary students.



Once the district knows how many students in each grade have requested on-campus instruction, teachers and students will be assigned to classes with the goal of maintaining distancing in the classroom, Villarreal said.



The district will allow learning option changes ahead of each nine weeks for the entire 2020-21 school year.



Comal ISD will also allow students to change their instruction option ahead of the Oct. 16 end of the nine weeks but has yet to release the dates for parents to submit requests.

By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren Canterberry began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development and breaking news. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017.


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