Victoria ISD announces Victoria East and West high schools to finish fall semester remotely

District releases plan for technology distribution, EOC testing, and meal pick ups

VICTORIA, Texas- The Victoria Independent School District announced Friday afternoon that Victoria East and West High School will transition to remote learning starting Monday, November 30, 2020.

In a statement sent to Crossroads Today, Victoria ISD explained that this move is to support the safety of all students within the district following the rise in COVID cases and community transmissions.

Substitutes and support staff will be utilized to meet the face-to-face educational needs of K-8 students.

The district said high school campuses are expected to resume on-campus learning Tuesday, January 19, 2021. In the meantime, they will follow a compressed remote learning schedule. The schedule can be found here.

The Career and Technology Institute will follow a compressed remote learning schedule with lab and shop days designated face-to-face classes.

Liberty Academy will continue to attend class on campus with a compressed schedule at this time.

VISD will contact specific targeted groups no later than Friday, November 20, 2020, by their campus if their instructional setting will remain face-to-face. Homework Centers will remain open to all students and be available in a virtual and face-to-face format. Club activities and extracurricular practices are advised to contact their sponsor or coach for details regarding meetings and practices.

Read more: Victoria ISD announces DeLeon Elementary to continue remote learning until end of November

The following information is sourced from a written statement from VISD:

Fall Midterms

Students will continue to be expected to take Fall Midterms using a revised exemption policy due to COVID-19.

Testing

December STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams will remain scheduled for December 8, 2020, thru December 11, 2020. To ensure equity for all students, students must be supervised by a trained test administrator when administered these exams. Therefore, students will be tested at their home campuses and may not test remotely.

Students scheduled to take one or more of the December EOC exams will be notified by their respective campuses of their exams, testing dates, testing times, and testing locations. The majority of the exams will be administered online.

It is recommended that students use the STAAR online tutorials and practice tests to familiarize themselves with the online testing platform and tools. TEA provided web-based tutorials and practice tests.

If students or parents have questions, they should contact the Campus Testing Coordinator at their home campus. The grading policy will remain the same, with the exception of the revision made to Fall Midterms.

Technology

Monday morning, students will log in to Microsoft Teams to get their lessons and daily assignments. If you do not have access to technology or the internet, parents will need to contact your campus librarian to reserve technology. Technology will be distributed beginning the week of November 16. Campus librarians will contact parents to schedule an appointment to pick up a device or hot spot.

Meal Pick Up during Remote Learning

Victoria ISD will have three sites for parents to utilize for drive-up meal pick up while students are learning remotely: Crain, Chandler, and O’Connor. Parents may pick up meals on Mondays and Thursdays starting November 20 on the campuses cafeteria sides. On Monday, meals will be distributed for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, meals will be distributed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please have a student ID, birth certificate, or proof of enrollment available.

COVID-19

As more COVID-19 cases are being confirmed across the state, VISD urges the community to monitor yourself and your family for symptoms of COVID-19.  Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

• Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

• Sore throat

• New uncontrolled cough causing difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

• Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

• New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. Our students’ and staffs’ safety and health remain the district’s primary responsibility

For more information visit the Victoria ISD website.