Do students have an opportunity to select remote or face-to-face learning based on their family’s needs?

Royal ISD will be following the State’s mandates regarding the opening of the school year by offering two learning options. To assist us in preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, we are asking each parent/guardian to choose the preferred learning option for your child(ren):

Falcon Traditional Classroom Experience: Face-to-Face Learning

  • Student receives traditional face-to-face instruction in a classroom setting.
  • Provides efforts to create a safe environment for our students and staff. Preventative health and safety measures will be put into place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the district, on campuses, and on bus transportation.
  • Masks will be required of all staff and students during the school day and at all school sanctioned events (with a few State-approved exceptions).

Falcon Virtual Experience: Remote Learning

  • Student receives 100% online instruction, but may be required to visit the campus from time to time for a required face-to-face learning task (such as an assessment, etc).
  • Students must complete designated assignments on time and must adhere to all RISD District grading policies.
  • Students must log in each school day to complete assigned learning activities.
  • Available to all Royal ISD students in their language of instruction.
  • Students learn remotely in online courses facilitated by Royal ISD teachers.
  • Families that do not have a device or internet connectivity will be eligible for district-issued equipment.
  • Students and parents who experience technical difficulties will have dedicated support.
  • Royal ISD will utilize a variety of quality digital educational resources to facilitate the virtual learning experience, including, but not limited to, online courses through Edgenuity and teacher-led courses in Google Classroom. Students will also have access to the Falcons Learn@Home resource portal, which contains a wealth of tools for students, parents, and teachers.

Parents’ choice of learning setting is binding for at least one grading period. If a parent wishes to switch from one learning setting to another (remote or face-to-face), they will have the opportunity to work with their student’s campus administrators to change their instructional setting selection during a designated window at the end of each grading period. Regardless of the learning option chosen, all Royal ISD students will benefit from: instruction by certified teachers, daily opportunities to engage with teachers, rigorous curriculum and instruction, social and emotional learning to support students and families, and continued family engagement.

In the event of a school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered through Google Classroom. Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required.

Once a commitment to the instructional model has been communicated by the parent/family, a request must be submitted in writing to shift to the other model. These transitions must be approved and processed by the school and may take up to two weeks. Attendance in the current model is mandatory. Instructional model changes will only be allowed at the end of the grading period. Please note that if a student switches between face-to-face learning and remote learning, then that student may not have the same teacher(s) or course schedule, as teachers may or may not be teaching both.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents and guardians of current Royal ISD students will be required to complete the 2020-2021 School Commitment Form to indicate their Learning Option selection for the 2020-2021 school year. 

We ask that parents and guardians complete this form by the Sunday, July 2, 2020 deadline.

There are two options for entering your selection:

  • Survey
  • Skyward Parent Portal – Send an email to falconstrong@royal-isd.net with the following information for each child in your family: child’s name, student ID number, parent’s name, and parent’s email address.