Reopening FAQ

If you have questions regarding the Marshall ISD 2020-2021 Reopening Plan, please email to reentry2020@marshallisd.com. Questions and answers that are most frequently asked and concern the general district family will be shared on this page.
• For Virtual Learning, will students need to be logged in all day or will there just be assignments uploaded once they are completed?
  A: Grades K-2 Virtual Learning will follow "asynchronous learning" - meaning learning will occur at different times, without real-time interaction. Students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live. Virtual Learning students in Grades K-2. Assignments will be sent out on Friday to be completed and submitted the following Friday at 4 p.m. Each student will have access to videos that cover the content areas for that week. Teachers will be available for support using the following platforms: Google Classroom, Google Meets, Zoom and e-mail. Students' service plans or IEPs will be followed.

Grades 3-12 Virtual Learning will follow "synchronous learning" -- meaning learning will be a two-way, real-time virtual instruction between teachers and students. Students will be required to virtually "attend" the actual class being taught on-campus. Attendance is taken daily for each class and and students must engage daily in direct work with the on-campus class with academic content and instruction that matches or exceeds the average daily minutes of instruction as required by the Texas Education Agency.

Regarding school uniforms, does the district still require uniform dress for on-campus learning? Are virtual learning students required to wear uniforms during the school day?
  A: Students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade are still required to come to school in dress code-approved school uniforms. The dress code can be found in the district's board-approved Student Code of Conduct located here. The only change to this policy for 2020-2021 is that students may wear black polo shirts along with the regular red, white or navy. For students who are Virtual Learning, uniforms will not be required but the district does require students to be dressed appropriately for online learning. Shirts and pants are required when students are taking part in virtual learning assignments and activities.

• Regarding technology, what about the Governor's announcement of increased technology being provided to districts for students who choose Virtual Learning?
  A: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the state is setting aside money to provide technology and devices for students in need who participate in online learning. However, at this time, Marshall ISD has received no guidance or information as to when we may receive a portion of this funding locally, how much we may receive, or when it will be dispersed.

• Can students bring their own lunch in lunch boxes, or do they have to be a sack lunch?
  A: Students may bring their own lunch to school with them, but it MUST be in a disposable sack. Until further notice, no lunch boxes will be allowed. The disposable sack must be thrown away after lunch each day. 

• Can students bring their own face shields?
  A: Yes, a student can provide their own face shield if desired and will be allowed to take it home with them at the end of each day. The district will provide face shields to all students in grades K-5, but the students may bring their own. All students in Marshall ISD will be required to wear a face mask while on campus during the school day. See the district's Reopening Plan for more information on this face mask policy.

• Can my student change from virtual learning to face-to-face?
  A: Yes, a student may change their choice of instruction but only at the end of a six-week grading period. See the district's Reopening Plan for more information on students changing choice of instruction.

If my child has a pre-existing condition with symptoms similar to COVID-19, and begins to experience these symptoms. Will they be isolated/quarantined?
  A: Per guidance from the Texas Education Agency: Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
   · Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
   · Loss of taste or smell
   · Cough
   · Difficulty breathing
   · Shortness of breath
   · Headache
   · Chills
   · Sore throat
   · Shaking or exaggerated shivering
   · Significant muscle pain or ache
   · Diarrhea

• Will school day start/end times be affected by any of the changes?
   A: No. Start/dismissal times will remain the same as last year. Elementary campuses including MECC will begin at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:21 p.m. MJHS and MHS will begin at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 4:01 p.m.

• How do I register my child online for the 2020-2021 school year?
  A: Returning students may be registered via the Skyward Family Access Portal located here for those who remember their username and password. If you have forgotten your username and password, you must come to the MISD Administration Building to receive a new one. You may also register your student in person at the Administration Building.

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