Frequently Asked Questions
Students will have to choose to be enrolled in On-campus (Face-to-Face) or Remote Learning. If the Texas Education Agency changes the guidelines to allow students to choose a mix of both options, then we will revisit offering a hybrid option.
The initial commitment form is due July 22nd and is a commitment for the first 9 weeks.
There will be defined opportunities built into the school year where changes can be made to the educational setting. Students can change from On-campus (Face-to-Face) to Remote Learning at any point, but can only change from Remote Learning to On-campus (Face-to-Face) at the end of a 9 weeks grading period.
Life School staff will begin developing a schedule for your student based on either their individual course selections or the grade appropriate course assignments.
While Life School understands that many questions remain regarding the new school year and that family sentiments may change as COVID-19 conditions evolve, timely feedback is critical in preparing for the first day of school on August 12. The District must have data to work with when planning for master schedules, classroom space, and how we can best meet the social and emotional needs of our students when they return.
TEA is not allowing a hybrid model for the 2020-21 school year at this time.
All students will be expected to participate in instruction during the normal campus hours for the 2020-21 school year.
All Life School students will be taught by certified Life School teachers. If a Remote Learning student switches to On-campus (Face-to-Face), they may not have the same teachers, as teachers may or may not be teaching both a Remote and On-campus (Face-to-Face) class. Remote Learning courses will be taught by certified Life School teachers but not necessarily a teacher from your student’s home campus.
No, according to TEA guidance, the grading policies for remote instruction must be consistent with the district’s grading policies for on-campus assignments.
Grading for all Remote Learning courses will follow the same grading policy as the courses in the On-campus (Face-to-Face) model. According to TEA guidance, the grading policies for remote instruction must be consistent with the district’s grading policies for on-campus assignments.
Life School Remote Learning students will have the same reassessment abilities as students in an On-campus (Face-to-Face) environment.
Life School is waiting on specific guidance from governing entities regarding transcripts. Unless we receive different guidance, there will be no difference noted on the transcript.
Dual credit course offerings will continue to be offered through our partner college campuses.
According to the TEA website, the STAAR testing calendar has been updated and reflects testing dates during the 2020-21 school year.
According to TEA guidance, truancy and attendance policies are required to continue to be in place, no matter the setting of the students.
Yes, we have ordered Chromebooks and ChromeTablets in order to have enough devices to be 1:1 for our secondary students and 2:1 for our elementary students. There is currently a nationwide shortage of these devices which may delay the launching of this initiative.
All course offerings are available in either plan.
Current TEA guidance requires schools to offer a 100% On-campus (Face-to-Face) option for students.
Per TEA guidance, students may participate in extracurricular activities regardless of the learning option selected.
Our athletes will ride to contests as a team on the bus, however, we will encourage athletes to ride home with parents after games other than football because of the amount of equipment.
Yes, all fall sports will have pre-season parent meetings. These will be virtual meetings set by the Head Coach prior to the season.
This has not been determined yet.
This has not been determined yet.
Yes, currently UIL guidelines have stated that we are allowed to have 50% capacity at games. Ticketing details are still being worked out.
All areas including classrooms, administration areas, restrooms, common areas, cafeterias, gymnasiums, athletic areas, etc. will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected daily by our outside contractor (Mon-Fri).
All areas including classrooms, admin areas, restrooms, common areas, cafeterias, gymnasiums, athletic areas, etc. will be disinfected 3 times per week by Life School facilities staff (Mon, Wed, Fri).
Additional hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout common area hallways and entrances to gymnasiums at all campuses.
Buses will be cleaned and disinfected after each trip and windows will be left open as often as possible for ventilation. Bus drivers will be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols. Each bus will be limited to one student per seat when feasible or two students from the same household to encourage social distancing. Bus drivers will be required to wear masks except when the vehicle is in motion.
Students and staff will complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Signs for the self-assessment will be posted on exterior doors, as well as in prominent locations across all campuses.
Life School continues to rely on guidance from the Department of State Health Services, local public health authorities, the Texas Education Agency, as well as executive orders to determine the use of face coverings/PPE. At this time, all staff will be required to wear face coverings unless in isolation at your desk or work station. Masks should be solid in color, either disposable or cloth material, or clear face masks. Life School logos, college or university symbols or school appropriate sports team logos are also acceptable.
Life School developed protocols for the use of face coverings based on health guidance and what is considered age and developmentally appropriate. The CDC notes the following on its website: "Younger children (e.g., preschool or early elementary aged) may be unable to wear a cloth face covering properly, particularly for an extended period of time. Wearing of cloth face coverings may be prioritized at times when it is difficult to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others (e.g., during carpool drop off or pick up, or when standing in line at school). Ensuring proper cloth face covering size and fit and providing children with frequent reminders and education on the importance and proper wear of cloth face coverings may help address these issues."
As a result of this guidance and the input of Life School staff, the district made the decision to have students under 10 and enrolled in grades K-3 wear face coverings as feasible in hallways, common areas and during arrival and dismissal, but not in the classroom. Students 10 and older and enrolled in grades 4-12 grades are required to wear masks at all times, including arrival and dismissal. Students are welcome and encouraged to wear face coverings in circumstances where they are not required. The District wants students to feel comfortable, safe, and supported at school.
Masks should be solid in color, either disposable or cloth material, or clear face masks. Life School logos, college or university symbols or school appropriate sports team logos are also acceptable.
Life School will comply with the Governor’s order on mask usage as well as any other binding orders from local health officials or other state agencies.
Life School students will be expected to follow any guidelines or requirements for mask wearing that are required of Life School by the Governor, health officials, or other state agencies.
Parents could expect class sizes to be smaller than typical years due to many students participating in Remote Learning. An approximate number or range of students in each class is difficult to predict until Life School receives commitment forms from families. Once this preliminary data is available, we can begin planning master schedules and determining class sizes.
Yes, Life School has weighed the feasibility of keeping students in the same classroom all day, along with many other strategies being considered or implemented in various school systems. Life School is currently planning the master schedule for campuses, which directly impacts the movement of students and teachers. At the elementary level, it may be possible for specialized content teachers to move to students. This is not feasible in circumstances that require specialized classroom equipment or instructional settings. It is also problematic due to the large number and diversity of courses offered at the secondary level.
The secondary schedule does not allow for cohorts due to the large number and diversity of courses available. The ability to group cohorts of students together for all their coursework is limited by the desire to allow students to choose courses based on their own interests.
There will not be partitions or physical barriers used in classrooms. Please see daily sanitation protocols and mask guidelines above.
If your student would like to make changes, the district will follow the normal schedule change guidelines. Contact the campus counselor for information on the process.
Each bus will be limited to one student per seat when feasible or two students from the same household to encourage social distancing. Students will be required to wear facial coverings at the bus pick-up and depart locations and while riding on the bus.
Yes, before and after school providers working with Life School will continue to follow the Life School calendar when possible. Please check with your campus’s local provider for details.
At this time, Life School has not been provided specific guidance on this. We will take city, county, and state recommendations into consideration when defining thresholds for school closure.
We will transition the students of any affected campuses to Remote Learning.
We will transition the students of any affected campuses to Remote Learning.
We will transition the students of any affected campuses to Remote Learning. The students will continue to attend their same courses, but now in a remote setting. The teacher will move the classroom instruction online.
The student will continue to receive instruction from a certified classroom teacher. The length of the individual quarantine will be based on health guidelines provided by state and local agencies. Grading policies and classroom attendance will be conducted as we are normally doing in our Remote Learning instruction.
Remote Learning will have a separate instructional design but will utilize the same curriculum and grading guidelines as face-to-face instruction. Remote Learning assignments may look different but they will cover the same content and skills as on-campus instruction.
Elementary and Secondary students will generally follow a typical school day from start to finish. Depending on the student and his or her grade, selected coursework and individual needs, the amount of synchronous versus asynchronous time may differ student to student.
Both of these methods and others will be used as part of Remote Learning. They may receive instruction in the following ways (including, but not limited to):
- Authentic student work/assignments with timely and relevant feedback for continued progress in learning of the standard
- Hands-on activities which may need support from home
- Choice boards and playlists
- Instructional activities within the Learning Management System
- Portfolio tasks and turning in of assignments
- Project based learning/assignments
- Other types of instructions as applicable
Students will have assignments that are due daily and/or at teacher discretion just like the face-to-face classroom.
This will vary grade to grade, student to student, and class to class.
Where applicable, yes.
No, there are potential FERPA concerns which directly impact student privacy.
We have restructured our Remote Learning in the fall from our spring model based on the feedback received from parents, students and teachers. Remote Learning will look different based on the name and needs of each student. Students who receive supplemental services or are in different grades will find that their services are developmentally appropriate.
Key aspects of Remote Learning include:
- Students will be expected to follow the full instructional day plan according to the Remote Learning schedule.
- Content learning and activities will be planned by the teacher to make sure each student receives their full instructional minutes.
- A mix of pre-recorded videos and real-time virtual lessons. The addition of real-time lessons to the virtual learning platform is based on feedback the District received regarding eLearning.
- Data-driven, personalized enrichment and intervention.
- The same scope and sequence as students in the classroom.
Life School plans to provide Chromebooks to students using the Remote Learning option who are in need of a device. Guidelines for eligibility and distribution are still being developed.
Grading for all Remote Learning courses will follow the same grading policy as the courses in the face-to-face model. Remote Learning courses that earn high school credit will count in GPA calculation and class rank. According to TEA guidance, the grading policies for remote instruction must be consistent with the district’s grading policies for on-campus assignments.
The Texas Education Agency continues to issue guidance to school systems about recording attendance for Remote Learning. Students must be engaged, completing daily assignments, and making progress in the course.
Remote Learning will have a separate instructional design but will utilize the same high quality, rigorous curriculum as students who are in face-to-face instruction. The level of rigor, workload, time commitment and timing of classes will be different from the Remote Learning plan in the spring of 2020.
During Remote Learning, time management is critical to success. Students and teachers must remain in communication regarding daily schedules and assignments. As with any traditional course, there is a risk of receiving a lower grade if a student falls behind.
Elementary students will use Google Classroom and Secondary students will use Canvas.
Students who are guaranteed related services through Special Education, English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, 504, etc. and choose Remote Learning will continue to receive those services.
Students will be provided “live” synchronous virtual opportunities to ask questions.
Yes, Life School will communicate these resources at a later date.
Specific scheduling information will be provided to each student who qualifies for GT services.
Intervention and enrichment time will be scheduled regularly for students to best meet their academic needs. During this time, students may engage in assigned group activities, project learning activities, small group instruction and digital platforms. Teachers will communicate with students their plan for the designated time.
More information about testing procedures will be provided by your student’s teacher.
Yes, students will continue to be assigned to the campus of their choice.
Life School is investigating ways to mitigate against this issue. Stay tuned for more information.
Students in Remote Learning will have access to the same or similar resources as students participating in On-campus (Face-to-Face) Learning.
Yes they will need school supplies to complete some assignments.
Life School does have the ability to offer synchronous options.
The District is planning to use some aspects of outside software systems, such as Edgenuity, to provide some content and experiences within the Remote Learning courses.
It is up to each family to find a device that works for them, but a WiFi enabled device with a camera, microphone and keyboard would be preferred. Life School plans to provide Chromebooks to students choosing Remote Learning who are in need of a device as our supplies allow. Guidelines for eligibility and distribution are still being developed.
Students participating in remote learning are expected to be in dress code anytime they have live (synchronous) lessons or sessions with their teacher. Uniforms are to be worn during all live remote lessons or sessions.
The same courses are available in both options.
Yes, if they are in-season, they would be required to attend before or after school practices as scheduled as well as games.
There will be instruction and lessons provided for athletes who choose remote learning during the athletic periods. If they are in-season, they would be required to attend before or after school practices and games as scheduled.
Parents should screen their children for: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea before attending school each day.
Yes, parents should contact their local campus and the student should quarantine for at least 14 days.
The student and family should practice social distancing and wear a mask in public while traveling. Unless they are exposed to COVID-19 however, they will not be required to quarantine before returning to campus.
Your local campus administrator should be contacted about any positive cases in your household.
- Student is moved to an isolation room/area.
- Facilities staff is alerted.
- Classroom desk surfaces, entry door handle and or/equipment to be sanitized with Envirox H2 Orange by facility staff immediately after class period ends.
- No one allowed to re-enter classroom until sanitizing is complete.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The virus can spread through droplets released in the air when a person infected with the virus coughs, sneezes, or talks. It's also possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
To minimize the spread, the following recommendations have been made by the CDC: clean your hands often, avoid close contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet or more, cover your mouth and nose with a face cover, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.
If you suspect that your child may have symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure the child sees a health care provider immediately.
Call or email the campus as soon as possible. Students or staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a letter of good health from a physician's office prior to returning to school.
All teachers and staff will be required to report to campus regardless if they are assigned On-campus (Face-to-Face) or participating in Remote Learning. Students may be remote, but staff may be expected to work from their assigned campus.
The following protocol will be put into place should a staff member who has been in a school test positive:
- District will notify the local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
- Communication will be provided to the parents of students or other staff members who potentially may have been exposed to the COVID-19 individual.
- Staff members who came into close contact, by CDC definition, with a COVID-19 positive individual will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and may not return to campus during this time.
According to the CDC, close contact is defined as: a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or b. being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination. Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming test.
Privacy protections are important and state and federal laws are in place to protect the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information. There are situations where information is allowed to be shared to protect the health of other individuals and/or to investigate and conduct other actions to stop the spread of the disease. To the greatest extent possible, all personal health information will be protected.
Remote teaching assignments will be based on the remote learning selection of our families. Teachers participating in remote instruction may be required to conduct their lessons and work from campus but will have a designated space to do so. Consideration for remote teaching positions will be given to those who have a medical need, to those who have completed the Blended Learning Academy, participated as an iTech Champion, or have a demonstrated proficiency in technology, and will be selected by campus administration and instructional support staff.
Life School continues to rely on guidance from the Department of State Health Services, local public health authorities, the Texas Education Agency, as well as executive orders to determine the use of face coverings/PPE. At this time, all staff will be required to wear face coverings unless in isolation at your desk or work station. Masks should be either solid in color or patterned, either disposable or cloth material, or clear face masks. Life School logos, college or university symbols or school appropriate sports team logos are also acceptable. Masks may not have other slogans, images or phrases on them except for manufacturing marks required by regulation.
Face coverings/PPE will be provided by the Texas Education Agency for students and on-campus staff. From the supply, priority for one face shield will be given to all teaching staff. PPE will be distributed to schools and staff by administration.