MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – On Monday Midland ISD announced all students will start the 2020-2021 school year from home. The district board of trustees also held a special meeting to discuss what some classrooms can look like if they do return in person sometime this year.
During the virtual meeting, the board of trustees voted to submit a waiver to the state that would allow 40% instruction for high school students.
Jeff Horner, the MISD Director of Secondary Education presented this waiver to the board of trustees.
“This would be able to put us to mode to safely insure that students, 9-12 would be split fifty-fifty,” Horner said. “And we can still offer all of the comprehensive courses we would normally offer.”
The “blended model” will occur if there is a moderate risk of COVID-19 spread. Orlando Riddick, the Midland ISD Superintendent, was in attendance during the meeting. Riddick said the board approving this waiver, could allow the district to go forward with a blended model at some point during the school year.
“That would be the model that we would need,” Riddick said. ” This will allow us to make sure that all of our structure and the waivers with the state and they have their documentation so we could move forward with that process and be funded as well.”
Horner said the blended model will have high school students attend classes both in-person and from home.
“We would put them on an A schedule and B schedule,” Horner said. “So an A schedule would be Monday and Wednesday instruction in person but Tuesday and Thursday would be a synchronous or instruction at home.”
If this blended learning model were to take place for 9th through 12th grade students at sometime in the future, it will not affect a student’a registration.
“All of the registration for the typical number of courses that students have to be served with in order to get their endorsement for graduation this supports that registration process,” Horner said.