Tomball and Magnolia ISDs plan to start remote learning programs March 23 as school facilities remain closed through April 10, according to information released March 18 from the districts.

MISD officials said the district’s website will begin including remote learning resources broken down by grade level March 23, according to the release.

To access instructional materials, MISD has offered district Chromebooks to students without a device at home to checkout, with a maximum of one per family per campus, according to the release. The devices are for temporary use only.

Parents must be present for checkout March 23, with checkout times being 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for elementary, intermediate and junior high levels and for high school from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., according to district information.

If parents are unavailable during those times, they are encouraged to call their campus and schedule a time for later in the week between 8 a.m.-noon.

The district will also continue distributing meals at Magnolia, Smith and Lyon elementary schools through Friday, March 20, from 9-11 a.m.

While State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing has been waived by the governor’s office this school year, the district has not provided more information about how the state’s decision will affect instruction this year.

Tomball ISD

TISD students will also begin using a Google classroom for remote learning activities starting March 23, according to a March 18 letter to families.

The district plans to launch a website linked on the district’s homepage before March 23 with parent, student and staff resources, according to the letter.

The district will also continue distributing meals while schools are closed via a free curbside meal service for all TISD students from 8-11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Upcoming dates include March 24-25, March 31-April 1 and April 7-8 at Tomball High School’s front entrance.

District officials also have not returned requests for comment regarding the waiving of STAAR testing.

The state has also not provided direction as to whether students or staff will need to make up days missed.