Williamson County Schools proposes 9 asynchronous 'flex days' for remainder of 2020-21 school year

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After testing its first asynchronous learning day Sept. 17, district officials with Williamson County Schools announced Oct. 7 they are considering additional days, called "flex days" for the last three quarters of the school year.

For the flex days, all students in grades K-12 would learn remotely from home, mostly asynchronously, or without live teacher interaction, according to the district. Teachers would meet on campus for professional development.

The move comes as many teachers in the district have indicated a need for more planning time and training for remote and virtual teaching.

“Our teachers are working to provide the excellent educational experience that WCS is known for,” Superintendent Jason Golden said in a release. “But they have been honest with our leadership in our conversations—during this pandemic, they need more time to prepare to ensure they are providing high quality instruction and to ensure that their students are learning.”

The district's first asynchronous day was held for middle and high school students as well as all students at Hillsboro School, which is K-8.

“We felt like we met the goals of our pilot,” Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Leigh Webb said in a statement. “Based on the feedback we received from teachers and principals, student learning continued and teachers overall felt better prepared to teach the various modes of instruction due to site-based and districtwide collaboration, planning, and professional learning.”

Nine dates have been proposed for the rest of the school year, all of which are on Fridays.

The WCS Board of Education is expected to consider and vote on the dates during its upcoming Oct. 15 meeting.

See the proposed dates below.

  • Oct. 23

  • Nov. 13

  • Dec. 4

  • Jan. 15

  • Jan. 29

  • Feb. 5

  • Feb. 26

  • March 12

  • March 26

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.