Melissa ISD to offer virtual learning
Melissa ISD officials announced last week that the district will be opening an online learning program beginning at the end of the month. It will be available to kids in grades kindergarten through sixth since most of those students are too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Families interested in the program were asked to respond to a survey by Sept 6. Those who missed that deadline can still to go the district website and ask to be added to a waiting list.
Ronnie Havens will serve as the principal of the online program. Instruction will be both synchronous and asynchronous, with work to be complete online. Students will receive books and other educational materials to support their online coursework. Daily attendance will be required and recorded through interaction with online coursework and scheduled online teacher sessions.
Once a student enters the program, they must remain there until the completion of the semester. When the semester ends, the student will have the option to switch back to in-person school. Students are not able to switch back-and-forth from the online program to in-person school in the middle of a semester.
District officials say that parents and guardians will need to be active participants to ensure the successful completion of their student’s coursework. There will be an onsite classroom devoted to students who need to come up to school for individual help in person.
Only students who live within the Melissa ISD attendance boundaries or who already have an approved transfer are eligible for the online program. It will be offered through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. In the spring of 2022, the district will reevaluate interest in the program.