STUART KIESCHNICK — Synchronous & asynchronous approaches explained for NISD

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Nederland ISD Transition Team has been working extremely hard in planning for a successful 2020-2021 school year.

We are aware that many of you have questions as to what to expect in our re-entry plan. Please find below a short synopsis of information that you may find useful. Detailed information will be provided soon.

What is Synchronous Approach?

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Defined as two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices or over the phone.

What is Asynchronous Approach

Defined as a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices or over the phone.

  • At this time, the first day of school will be on August 17, 2020 for in person attendance.
  • For those who choose not to attend in person, virtual instruction will be offered. You must be a registered student of Nederland ISD.
  • Virtual instruction for grades PK-2 will be predominately asynchronous.
  • Virtual Instruction for 3-12 will most likely include asynchronous and synchronous methods.
  • Students will be required to be virtually present in the synchronous model and actively engaged in the asynchronous model.
  • The grading system will be much like it was Pre-COVID.  A pass/fail system is not an option under TEA rules and guidelines.
  • Google Classroom will be used for grades PK-12. (PK-2 will have SeeSaw integrated with Google Classroom.)
  • Attendance for all students will be taken daily whether a student is “at school” or “virtually present”.
  • We continue to receive updated guidance from the Texas Education Agency daily.

We know this does not include all of the questions and answers. Our Transition Team is continuously working to present a detailed and informative plan. We appreciate your patience and support.

Dr. Stuart Kieschnick is assistant superintendent for the Nederland Independent School District.