Keller, Northwest ISDs respond to coronavirus closures with virtual learning opportunities

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, school districts are closed across the state through April 3, and officials are responding with virtual learning opportunities for students. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, school districts are closed across the state through April 3, and officials are responding with virtual learning opportunities for students. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, school districts are closed across the state through April 3, and officials are responding with virtual learning opportunities for students. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, school districts are closed across the state through April 3, and officials are responding with virtual learning opportunities for students. (Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, school districts are closed across the state through April 3, and officials are responding with virtual learning opportunities for students. (Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)
With school districts closed through at least May 4, Keller ISD and Northwest ISD are shifting to virtual learning opportunities for students.

Curriculum and instructional staff from both districts committed to the development of online learning platforms following the spring break holiday. Districts have also sought to distribute Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots and other technological necessities to parents and students, officials said.

“We have had so many staff members that have come together to put a plan in place for our parents and students,” said Michael Griffin, NISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The remote learning plan NISD staff have developed is now the district’s “new normal,” she said.

The plan will allow the district to continue to educate students through learning opportunities designed to help students review and further extend their learning, officials said.


Materials can be accessed with each student’s district account through the iNvest2Learn or Moodle platforms, and activities are based on lessons from the current school year.

With a similar goal in mind, Keller ISD officials have developed an e-learning support site in order to provide teachers with various lessons, ideas and other instructional support, according to KISD Communications Coordinator Nicole McCollum.

KISD knows how important it is for our pre-K-12 students to continue to learn and grow,” McCollum said. “We know that not every student has the same tools and access to online learning. Because of this, grades will not be taken, and students will not be penalized for incomplete assignments.

According to KISD officials, campus administrators and teachers will not take grades during the first 10 days of virtual instruction beginning March 23. The district also opted not to take grades during preparation for virtual learning March 16-20.

KISD digital learning resources, including more than 500 lessons for teachers, are available here.

More information on KISD opportunities for students is available at www.kellerisd.net.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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