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Virtual Learning Model

* Virtual learners will be allowed to participate in UIL and extracurricular activities.

Texas Education Commissioner, Mike Morath, has outlined two remote instructional options available for the upcoming school year.

  • Remote Synchronous Instruction - Two way, real-time virtual instruction between teachers and students. In this method, the required amount of instructional time is scheduled each day, and funding is generated when attendance is recorded daily at a locally selected time. This method requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually. Examples include live, interactive classes with students and teachers participating real-time, teacher-supported work time on video conference calls, and online testing.

  • Remote Asynchronous Instruction - This method of virtual instruction does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time. Therefore, instruction may or may not be delivered in real time. Examples may include watching pre-recorded videos with guided support, intermittent teacher instruction, and pre-assigned work with formative assessments made available to students.

Argyle ISD has selected the remote asynchronous instruction model as it provides full state funding, along with flexibility for our students and staff. By choosing this model for the district as a whole, it allows us greater flexibility for our younger learners, while still providing synchronous instruction for our older students. It is important to note that the District will provide real-time, synchronous opportunities and expectations for learning. These live, virtual, interactive connections will vary based on grade-level and subject matter. For example, secondary students will be required to be virtually present during most of their classes during a school day. Our younger students will be required to be virtually present at times throughout the day, depending on their ability to remain engaged. 

The District is required to take daily attendance for virtual learners. There will be mandatory daily check-ins for students who select virtual learning. Daily attendance may be measured through:

  • Daily progress in the learning management system 
  • Daily teacher/student interactions
  • Completion/Turning in of assignments from student to teacher via online or email

All virtual learning will be provided by Argyle ISD teachers. Virtual classes will be graded with the same expectations as those classes that are held in-person. For high school students, virtual grades will be calculated in GPA.

Grades K-4 Virtual Learning Classes

Students in Grades K-4 will be provided a virtual classroom with a virtual teacher. Virtual students will have interaction with their teacher, as well as their virtual classmates throughout the day.

Grades 5-12 Virtual Learning Classes

Students in Grades 5-12 will be provided virtual instruction through one of two ways.

  • Some classes will be taught by a teacher providing instruction to a class of virtual students.  The students will interact with the teacher, as well as other virtual students during the designated class period.

  • Some classes will be live-streamed from a teacher providing instruction to an in-person class.  In these instances, the virtual student will have interaction with the teacher, as well as the students participating in the in-person class during the designated class period.