San Marcos CISD board discusses classroom scenarios for 2020-21 school year

San Marcos CISD board members went over potential scenarios to resume classroom instruction in the 2020-21 school year at a June 15 meeting. (Evelin Garcia/ Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos CISD board members went over potential scenarios to resume classroom instruction in the 2020-21 school year at a June 15 meeting. (Evelin Garcia/ Community Impact Newspaper)

San Marcos CISD board members went over potential scenarios to resume classroom instruction in the 2020-21 school year at a June 15 meeting. (Evelin Garcia/ Community Impact Newspaper)

San Marcos CISD board members discussed three possible scenarios on how students could resume classroom instruction in the 2020-21 school year during a June 15 meeting.



The first back-to-school scenario proposed to trustees during the board meeting suggested a traditional classroom setting, focusing on safety precautions and designing schedules to support the impacts of COVID-19 while implementing social-emotional learning. Some of the possibilities for this scenario include:




  • small groups, identifying students in cohorts;

  • staggered classroom start times; and

  • redesigning classroom layouts, allowing only 22 desks in a classroom and 6 feet apart.



Scenario two suggested a blended or hybrid return that would support teaching and learning remotely. Schedules would be designed to support innovative types of learning fulfilling different student needs while implementing social-emotional learning in all curriculums. Options for this scenario include:




  • a 2/2 split, meaning a group of students would attend in-person instruction in the morning and leave in the afternoon, then a second group would attend in-person instruction for the second half of the day;

  • in-person instruction selective of certain grade levels, with certain grade levels coming on certain days;

  • remote live instruction; and

  • a homebound plan with support and remote access to live classroom.



In the third scenario discussed, students would continue virtual learning with a more structured curriculum, according to SMCISD Deputy Superintendent Monica Ruiz-Mills.

The scenarios under discussion are a mere possibility as staff gathers information from parents and students, according to Ruiz-Mills. Staff is also waiting for recommendations from the Texas Education Agency.



“Ideally we want to create a plan to optimize student learning, and ideally that would be face-to-face learning but in doing so would need to develop a plan that if students were going to return that we would be following all of the safety precautions and protocols,” Ruiz-Mills said.



More details about possible classroom instruction scenarios for the 2020-21 school year will be discussed at a July 7 meeting.

Editor's note: The headline of this story has been updated.

By Evelin Garcia
Evelin Garcia covers local government, education, business and development as the reporter of Community Impact Newspaper's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle edition. Evelin is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in international studies.


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