The On-Campus option will follow the traditional school schedule. Additional health and safety precautions will be in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Academically, Snyder ISD will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for all students. Physically, students will notice some changes that have been put in place for the health and safety of students and staff. As circumstances change and additional guidance becomes available, we intend to make adjustments to our plan that are in the best interest of our school community.
As part of our back to school safety initiatives, we will have a staggered start for on-campus students during the first week of school. This will allow us to orient students to new procedures and issue technology. Remember, school starts on Tuesday, September 8th. Each campus is working on plans to bring a portion of the students back each day and will be communicating that schedule with you by Friday, August 28th.
Health & Safety
Snyder ISD has developed a comprehensive plan based on local, state, and federal guidelines along with feedback received from our staff and student surveys. Staff and students will be screened daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19. A robust cleaning schedule will take place daily and social distancing protocols will be followed to the maximum extent possible. In accordance with Governor Abbot’s order, all staff and 4th-12th grade students will be required to wear a mask* when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance. Masks are optional for students in Pre-K-3rd. A comprehensive health plan is on our website under “2020-2021 reopening plans.”
*For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth.
When you register your child for school, you will select the option that best meets the needs of your family. If the original instruction choice is not a good fit for the family, the district has established a grace period for three weeks after the start of school allowing families to change instructional environments. After that date you can change enrollment between on campus and virtual instruction at the end of each grading period.
If special circumstances arise during the school year requiring a switch to virtual classes, please contact the principal for guidelines.
Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-21 school year. Given the public health situation, student attendance may be earned through virtual instruction. When students are ill or miss school unexpectedly, parents should call their student’s school to report the absence or submit the absence note through Parent Square. Please note Snyder Junior High’s attendance guidelines are available on the Vision20/20 Website.
Students will be assigned classes just as they would in any other school year. They will follow the same curriculum and grading standards as their virtual classmates to stay on-pace with their peers.
Students will be issued an iPad or laptop (depending on grade) to connect to the classroom. In addition to using these devices in the classroom, students will take them home and bring them to school daily. In the event campuses need to close for a brief or extended period of time due to COVID-19, students will
attend school virtually. Wifi access points have been installed throughout the community to make the internet more accessible. Teachers will use curriculum and programs specifically designed to adapt to on-campus and virtual instruction. This will ensure that students are familiar with the virtual platform in the event we have to quickly switch to an all-virtual setting as a result of a short-term sporadic district closure.
Student Progress & Family Support
Teachers will continually monitor each student's progress. If they need additional support, tutoring options will be available. If you feel your child is falling behind, we ask that you reach out to our staff as soon as possible. Prompt intervention is the key to keeping students on track to success.
Students in the Gifted and Talented Program and Special Education will continue as usual.
Electives & CTE (Career & Technical Education)
Students attending school on-campus may participate in all available electives, if eligible. CTE courses will proceed in accordance with on-campus health and safety protocols.
Snyder High School and Snyder Junior High students attending school on-campus will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular academic and athletic opportunities if they meet eligibility requirements. SISD will follow UIL guidelines and our district guidelines for prevention, screening, sanitization, and response.
School Closure / Extended Absence
In the event of a sporadic school closure, all affected students will move to online instruction. Students will be asked to be engaged in learning every school day and benefit from a combination of self-paced lessons, interactive videos, teacher to student interactions and personalized learning to meet their needs. Students should set aside at least 4 hours of time to connect to the virtual classroom through the internet.
The district, school, and teachers will communicate with families and students through a variety of methods. These include: Parent Square (a new, district-wide communication app), SISD website, facebook, youtube, Google Classroom, email, text, and phone.
Should campus closure become necessary, we want students to remain connected to Snyder ISD, their classmates, and their teachers. Our staff will develop creative ways to keep the Tiger bond strong.