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2020-07-20 Tyler ISD Superintendent Presents Highlights of District’s Return to Learn Plan

Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford shared an overview of the District’s Return to Learn plan with the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees during their regular monthly Board meeting Monday, July 20. The plan includes instructional, health, and safety guidelines the District will follow when school starts for the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, August 19.

“Our administrative teams have worked diligently throughout the summer to assess health protocols, along with guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), so that we are prepared to welcome students back in the classroom in August,” Dr. Crawford said. “As we all know, there are many fluid parts to these protocols but we know we have a solid plan in place to help keep us on track in creating successful student outcomes.”

The Return to Learn plan outlines how students will receive instruction each day. Parents will choose either an In-School Instruction or a Learn@Home Digital Instruction model. The Tyler ISD Blended Learning and Digital Education (BLADE) program will allow students to move from in-school instruction to at home digital learning should the need arise. BLADE is supported by the District’s recent purchase of Canvas, a learning management system, in addition to 1:1 devices for all students and enhanced WiFi access available in the parking lots at Tyler ISD facilities. 

Both models have real grading, attendance, and accountability requirements. The District recommends In-School instruction due to its numerous academic, social, and emotional benefits. However, parents may choose the learning option they feel is best for their student(s).

The full guidelines for the Return to Learn plan and a way to choose In-School Instruction or Learn@Home will be available to parents and students later this week on the TylerISD.org/ReturnToLearn webpage.