Roswell Independent School District plans a Monday launch for online enrollment of secondary students who choose the 100% virtual learning option for the 2020-21 school year.
The district also will offer parents some virtual learning. Its “Parent University” will offer tutorials and information on the coming school year.
All New Mexico students are to start school online until at least after Labor Day, according to state health orders.
Depending on the spread of COVID-19 at that time, hybrid in-class and virtual learning will then be phased in by grades, starting with elementary students.
However, RISD will be offering families the option to continue virtual learning throughout the year. Students, especially in the secondary grades, will be expected to commit to a full semester for the 100% online option.
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The enrollment form will be available through the RISD website, www.risd.k12.nm.us.
At this time, online enrollment will be only for students in sixth through 12th grade opting for the 100% virtual learning, Jennifer Cole, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said.
Secondary students who do not choose the 100% virtual option will be phased in to face-to-face instruction as the state allows.
“For elementary, all of the kids will be connected to their classroom teacher at their neighborhood school. When we get ready to phase back in to face-to-face instruction, at that time, we will offer our parents the opportunity to be 100% virtual or go to face-to-face instruction,” Cole said.
The Parent University is also scheduled to be available Monday in both English and Spanish. The first session will outline for parents what RISD’s reopening will look like, Cole said.
“I would imagine that our families are confused a little bit about hybrid and virtual, and so our first Parent University has been pre-recorded. It outlines the differences in these models to try and help our parents understand,” she said.
Later in the week, a virtual open forum will be conducted with school and district leaders providing more specific information, such as services for special education students.
Cole said the virtual forum will likely be on the district’s YouTube channel with a chat feature for parents to ask questions.
A third session will be conducted before school starts Aug. 19, Cole said. That first day of school will be a day when teachers will be contacting parents for virtual parent-teacher conferences.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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