SCUCISD begins discussion on virtual learning option for K-6 students

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Damon Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Kelly Kovacs at Sept. 21 Board of Trustees Meeting. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Damon Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Kelly Kovacs at Sept. 21 Board of Trustees Meeting. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Damon Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Kelly Kovacs at Sept. 21 Board of Trustees Meeting. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)

During a regular meeting on Sept. 21, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District Board of Trustees discussed virtual learning opportunities in 2021-22.

Senate Bill 15 passed on Sept. 9, allowing local education agencies to receive Average Daily Attendance funding for students who attend local remote learning programs during the 2021-22 school year if that remote program meets the requirements set by SB 15, according to the Texas Education Agency.

SCUCISD Chief Academic Officer Kelly Kovacs presented a plan to the Board of Trustees detailing the best option if the Board decides to offer virtual learning.

The district had three options for providing a virtual learning service. SCUCISD could provide their staff for the service, but that staff could not teach both in-person and online. Another option is to partner with other districts on a joint program, but Kovacs warns of possible confusion when gathering grades and other logistics. The third and more likely option would be SCUCISD contracting with another company that has Texas Certified Teachers.

“We know that our current staff would not be able to do this on their own,” said Kovacs. “That [an outside company] is what we are going to be looking at moving forward at this point.”



The virtual learning plan targets students K-6 since those students do not have elective requirements or other activities, and that age group cannot receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Per SB 15, virtual learning enrollment would be capped at 10% of the total district population.

Students need to meet attendance requirements, STAAR/EOC Assessment requirements and other standards set by SB 15 before consideration.

SCUCISD takes special education, 504, dyslexia, dual language, gifted and talented students into consideration when making a virtual learning plan. The resources provided for those students depend on the contracted company and possible supplemental learning material from the district.

While the details are not finalized, Kovacs ensured that students in need of hotspots or other resources would be provided whatever they need to participate in virtual learning.

Parents of K-6 students should receive an email with a virtual learning application on Sept. 22. Parents interested in enrolling their students should complete the application before Oct. 1. The purpose of the application is to gauge enrollment numbers.

Those who do not enroll by Oct. 1 may be placed on a waitlist. Students enrolled in virtual learning and students on the waitlist will be reviewed every nine weeks.

The SCUCISD Board of Trustees has not set a date for the approval of the plan or program, but they aim to meet and discuss further details for virtual learning options in early October, with the intention to launch the program by Nov. 1.



By


MOST RECENT

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo underway; delivery drones coming to Friso and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 22.

The SCUCISD board of trustees reviewed the annual report of top priority goals and board goals during the Oct. 19 meeting. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD reviews annual report on student growth goals

On Oct. 19, the SCUCISD board of trustees discussed the annual report for top priority goals and board goals to see student growth, and college, career or military preparedness.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

A detour will be in place at South Main Street until Oct. 25. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)
South Main Street in Cibolo under repair until Oct. 25

A water main on Cibolo's South Main Street busted Oct. 16, leading to repairs and a road closure until Oct. 25.

Kerry and David Christensen started the company in their New Braunfels home. (Courtesy Boozy Ball Cookies)
New Braunfels-based Boozy Ball Cookies to hold virtual grand opening Nov. 1

The liquor-infused cookie balls are available to ship from the company's San Antonio commercial kitchen.

Want to know more about new businesses coming to the Katy area? Below you can find details on the five latest commercial projects filed in Katy. (Courtesy Canva)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Read the latest top news about restaurants, businesses and other commercial projects that are coming soon or now open

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 19.

The Homestyle Hamburger ($7.99) made with lean ground beef and served with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion.
Abel's Diner in Schertz offers home-cooked meals, daily specials

Owner Abel Gomez said he hopes to expand and continue reaching new customers in the area while holding his values of being a place for community and fellowship.

The business is located along South Main Street in Cibolo.
1911 Cigars in Cibolo offers welcoming environment

Owner Greg Williamson said 1911 Cigars takes pride in the diverse customer base and creates an environment where everyone is welcome.

Billie Eilish and John Mayer are popular artists for lovers of new music. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)
Batcave Vinyl offers records for every genre

Owner Blaine Pendergraff said collecting records has been his passion since he was a kid trying to build his Beatles collection.

An Italian classic, the Fettuccine Alfredo ($10) is a homemade specialty at The Purple Garlic. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)
Homemade Italian cuisine keeps traditional values at The Purple Garlic Italian Cafe

Before moving to its location at 1017 Austin Highway, San Antonio, 11 years ago, Cerroni’s Purple Garlic began in Hollywood Park in 1996, and in 2019, an extension of Cerroni’s, The Purple Garlic Italian Cafe, returned to Hollywood Park.

The new H-E-B store is located on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in north Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: New H-E-B in Leander opening soon; Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 18.

The amended version of the planned development unit will now go to the Austin Planning Commission for review. (Rendering courtesy Austin Environmental Commission)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.