Return to Learn FAQs

Are face shields allowed as a face covering?
Per local, state and national medial guidance of minimal to low transmission rates in younger individuals, the District will allow face shields for students in grades 3 or younger. While TEA guidance allows face shields usage for grades 3 and younger, the District encourages face coverings be considered for students who can manage effectively. More guidance on face coverings can be found in the Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment section of the Return to Learn Plan.

Can Learn@Home students participate in extracurricular (Athletics, drill team, clubs, etc.) activities?
Students opting for Learn@Home will be permitted to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities unless decisions from TEA (Texas Education Agency) or the UIL (University Interscholastic League) are communicated that restrict participation. It will be the responsibility of the parent to transport their student to/from practice sessions, rehearsals, and on-campus contests. Students are required to meet all team or group requirements as set by coaches/directors/sponsors to participate.

Can new students who are coming to the district from a private school or home school choose the Learn@Home model?
Students enrolling in grades K-8 who were served last year in a Texas private school or were home-schooled in Texas must enroll for In-School Learning instruction. Due to Texas school law governing the Texas Virtual School Network, funding is not available for Learn@Home learning for these students. If you have mitigating circumstances, please contact your campus principal.

Can private or home school transfer students who are now attending the Tyler ISD In-School Learning option switch to Learn@Home if they feel they have been exposed due to a family member in the health field?
Students enrolled for In-School Learning instruction may switch temporarily to Learn@Home instruction if they or a family member are sick, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, are being tested for COVID-19, or for any health-related reason the parent deems necessary. The student must “check-in” for attendance within the Canvas Learning Management System each day or they will be counted absent. 

Do all students have to wear masks? Even those under age 10?
Yes, all students and staff are expected to wear face coverings during school hours when social distancing is not possible. The district has made this decision, prioritizing the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. This requirement is subject to change. Students and teachers will be offered a space to remove their face coverings and take a break if needed. Individual needs regarding face coverings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration.

How will my Kindergarten or Pre-K student know what to do on the first day of school?
We understand you have concerns since parents are not allowed to walk students to class at this time. Our caring teachers will be up front and ready to welcome your student and show them to their classroom. Your campus will provide more info on specific arrival and dismissal instructions, so check their website for this information. Pre-k and kinder students spend the day learning classroom expectations and procedures such as lining up, walking in the hallways, handwashing techniques and so forth. Rest assured Tyler ISD pre-k and kindergarten teachers will help make the day extra special for your students!

How will ranking and GPA work if some students are virtual and others are in person?
In-School Learning and Learn@Home are subject to the same grading policy. Therefore, grading, ranking, and GPA calculations remain unchanged.

Once we make a selection for either In-School Learning or Learn@Home instruction, will we be able to change our choice?
In an effort to provide routine and continuity of instruction for students, students are expected to remain in either In-School Learning or Learn@Home instruction for one grading period. Families may switch learning environments by completing a form in the Parent Portal at least 10 days before the new grading period.

What happens if students or staff begin displaying symptoms while at school?
Please refer to the Protocols for Screening and Isolation section of the Return to Learn plan posted at TylerISD.org/ReturnToLearn.

What if my child has a chronic condition in which they display one or more of the COVID 19 symptoms?
Per the Texas Education Agency, evaluating an individual for COVID 19 symptoms includes determining if such symptoms are not normal for them. The campus nurse will evaluate students for potential COVID 19 symptoms based on what is normal for the student. Completing the medical history form during the online student registration process provides an opportunity for families to notify the campus nurse of any condition which could explain such symptoms.

What is the BLADE program?
Blended Learning and Digital Education (BLADE) is a new program that will help students and staff transition between In-School Learning and Learn@Home models when needed. Through BLADE, all students and teachers will utilize the Canvas Learning Management System and will have access to computer devices to help complete their work.

What is the deadline to choose either In-School Learning or Learn@Home for my child(ren)?
Parents need to submit the Instructional Declaration form indicating their choice of In-School Learning or Learn@Home instruction by Wednesday, August 5. If a declaration form is not submitted by August 5, the student will be placed in the In-School Learning option for the first grading period.  

What is the policy for a student to receive a Chromebook?
Tyler ISD will lend District Chromebooks to students to use for educational purposes, with priority to those enrolled in Learn@Home and do not have access to a device. Students may use their own devices as long as they have video and audio capabilities. District Chromebooks and all accessories are the property of Tyler ISD and will need to be returned at the end of the school year or if the student leaves the district for any reason. Parents/Guardians are financially responsible for damaged or lost devices. All students will participate in an online school orientation and sign the Tyler ISD Student Handbook prior to picking up a Chromebook. Chromebook distribution will take place at the campus level. Please contact your campus for more information.

You can learn more about Chromebook distribution by watching this video:

When can students and staff return to school after experiencing COVID-19 screening symptoms?
Students and staff may not come to school until all of the following criteria have been met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

  • AND at least 1 day (24 hours) have passed since recovery of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications

  • AND you have improvement in symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath

  • OR you may provide written clearance from a medical professional in order to return based on an alternative diagnosis.

You or your parent/guardian should contact your primary care provider. Your doctor will make the decision if you should get tested for COVID-19. More guidance can be found in the Protocols for Screening and Isolation section of the Return to Learn Plan.

Where can I find more information on the In-School Learning and Learn@Home instructional models?
Details on the In-School Learning and Learn@Home instructional models are given in the full Return to Learn Plan posted at TylerISD.org/ReturnToLearn. Or, you may click here to access the information. Campus-specific details (class sizes, schedules, virtual lessons and/or meetings times, etc.) will be communicated by your campus closer to the beginning of the school year.

Will accommodations be made for students and staff with specific medical needs?
Students and staff with specific medical needs should contact their principal and/or campus for further direction.

Will Learn@Home students have to sign in during specific times and what are those times?
Expectations for the Learn@Home program are included in the Instructional Roles & Learning tools pages of the Return to Learn Plan. Specific details, such as time schedules, will be provided by the campus at a later time.

Will parents be allowed to walk their children to class in the mornings?
At this time, parents will not be allowed to walk students to class in the mornings.