Collective Responsibility in Remote Learning
Collective Responsibility in Remote Learning

Northwest ISD is offering a variety of remote learning formats for any student during the 2020-21 school year. While students and teachers won’t be physically in the same space, our goal is to foster the same Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs that you have come to expect with Northwest ISD. In order for students and families to be successful, we want to share the following requirements and expectations with you.

Software/Hardware Requirements:
The following computer requirements are necessary to fulfill the assignments in a blended classroom environment:
  • Internet connection via school issued Chromebook and/or student’s own personal computer/device
  • Access to Google, all Google Suite and/or Microsoft Online applications, and Moodle
  • Capability of viewing videos (Multiple platform options will be specified by teacher)
  • Please Note: Specific Chrome apps/extensions will be utilized and specified by instructor
  • Recommended (Not Required): Wireless Mouse, Headphones

Attendance Expectations:
Students are expected to engage in learning activities every day in order to receive attendance credit for that day. Teachers will outline what required daily engagement looks like. Students are also expected to participate in scheduled “Zoom” meetings with their teachers on the scheduled days. Students participating in Edgenuity curriculum are required to make daily progress in their courses.

Students’ Responsibility:
  • Identify a quiet and comfortable place to participate in learning, class time, and discussions.
  • Dedicate the required time to learning each day. This includes time required in virtual class meetings, group and partner learning time, and time dedicated to complete assignments.
  • Check online learning platforms (Moodle, Seesaw, or Edgenuity) daily for information regarding classes and assignments.
  • Students must complete and turn in their assignments by the assigned due date using the method specified by their teacher (Moodle, email, Google Classroom, Edgenuity, etc.).
  • Participate in online learning activities by responding to questions, asking questions, providing input, and working with groups.
  • Know your district username and password and access resources through the district portal. Do not share your username or password. 
  • Students must follow district technology guidelines as well as student code of conduct.
  • Engage in two-way communication with your teachers.
  • Students will follow teachers’ requirements during testing.
  • Students that do not have 90% attendance (as calculated by assignment completion by assigned due dates) can be removed from the remote learning environment and enrolled in face to face instruction at their home campus.

Specific Student Responsibility for Zoom
  • When logging in to Zoom sessions, students must use their first and last name to identify themselves properly.
  • Students must turn on their camera when requested by the teacher to ensure the students are identified properly.
  • Students may be in breakout rooms without direct teacher supervision. During these times students will be expected to work on the task at hand and always be respectful of all students.

Specific Student Responsibility in Edgenuity
To prepare for a successful online learning experience, you should:
  • Make sure you have a quiet area in which to work, where you can concentrate and focus, without too many distractions.
  • Commit to working on your courses daily. Schedule enough time to complete your daily assignments at a pace that is most effective for you. Make sure to include time to review course work and eNotes before taking assessments. Your grades will be higher if you take the time to review.
  • You will be allowed 3 attempts before being required to develop an intervention plan with your teacher before being allowed to have their test reset again. Retests are not allowed to improve passing grades.
  • Make frequent contact with your teacher when you need help progressing through your course.
  • Use the Assignment Calendar and Progress Reports as your measure of course completion.

Parents’ Responsibility
  • Discuss learning activities with your children.
  • Maintain communication with your children’s teachers.
  • Help your child establish a comfortable and quiet place for learning in the home.
  • Ensure that your child has a learning device and internet access in the home. (District issued Chromebook is preferred.) Make sure that your child knows their username and password for access to resources.
  • Monitor district communication for information regarding learning activities or any upcoming changes in remote learning.
  • Monitor time spent on online and offline learning by your children. Ensure they are spending adequate time mastering their learning and participating in class meetings, group sessions, and one-on-one learning sessions with their teacher.
  • Ensure your child(ren) is/are balancing time in front of the computer with physical activity and offline activity.

Teachers’ Responsibilities
  • Develop high quality remote lessons and assignments that address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  • Provide necessary accommodations for all under Section 504, English Language Learners, Gifted and Talented, and/or Special Education.
    Plan and use appropriate instructional strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect accommodations for students’ individual needs.
  • Provide a variety of learning experiences through synchronous and asynchronous activities.
  • Consistently assess student achievement through formal and informal testing (including district CBAs) and use results to plan instructional activities.
  • Communicate regularly with students and parents to communicate student performance.
  • Support classroom performance through tutorials and study materials. 
  • Daily interactions with all students (could be through Zoom, Moodle, Edgenuity)
  • Respond to students and guardians within a 24 hour period (excluding weekends)

Academic Expectations:
Students are expected to maintain a grade of 75% or higher in the course. Students that allow their grades to fall below 75% at the progress report or report card are required to attend remote tutorial sessions with their classroom teacher. Students and teachers will work together to schedule these tutorial sessions.

Grading Guidelines
All courses in NISD follow the NISD Grading Guidelines and Policies.