Allen ISD Moves to 3 Week At-Home Learning for All Students
On July 17, 2020, Allen ISD announced it would move to an At-Home Learning virtual model for at least the first three weeks of school for all students. Students will not attend campus for any In-Person instruction during this time.
All students will begin the first day of school on August 12 participating in At-Home Learning. During this three-week period, AISD teachers and staff will report to district facilities to focus on the education of your children. This will allow our staff to utilize campus resources and instructional tools to provide students with structured and engaging learning opportunities. Following the three-week period, on September 2, our plan is for students who have chosen In-Person Learning to return to campus, and students who have chosen At-Home Learning to continue to learn from home. To provide as much consistency as possible, Allen ISD will make every effort for students to have the same teachers and classmates during and after this three-week period.
NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Allen ISD’s Safe Return to School plans will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, especially in Allen and Collin County.
Back to School Options
Allen ISD will offer two options of instructional delivery models for our students: Traditional in-person learning on campus, or at-home learning. The at-home learning option is being provided for our families who have health and safety concerns with sending their children back to school. Visit the links below to learn more about each option:
Allen ISD realizes that not all courses will effectively translate to a virtual learning environment, particularly specialized courses offered to secondary (7th – 12th grade) students (examples: an advanced science lab, welding, or a certified nursing assistant course). For these specialized courses that are not offered at-home, students will have the option to either attend in-person or AISD staff will work with your child to find a suitable replacement course. In addition, some specialized courses that are offered in at-home learning may require in-person learning experiences on campus. A listing of these specialized courses will be available on the AISD website. UIL extracurriculars, such as fine arts and athletics, will also be available as in-person activities for our at-home learners.
Regardless of which learning option you choose for your child, the expectations for coursework and the grading system will be the same for both in-person and at-home learning. Allen ISD believes this is the most fair and equitable solution for all of our students. Applicable courses in 9th-12th grade will be included in calculating GPA and class rank for both in-person and at-home learning students.
The Allen ISD School Commitment Form allowed parents to choose In-Person Learning or At-Home learning for their student(s). The deadline for existing enrolled students/families has passed. If a selection was not made by July 29th at 8 a.m., the student is placed in the In-Person learning model.
New students with enrollment applications still in process will be able to provide their learning choice directly to the campus.
Families are asked to commit to their choice through at least the first nine-week grading period to limit scheduling and staffing complexities. We understand that circumstances could change for our families, and adjustments will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
As a reminder, all students will begin the first three weeks of school online from home, regardless of choosing At-Home or In-Person Learning. Students will not attend campus for any In-Person instruction during this time. Your Commitment Form selection will take effect on Wednesday, Sept. 2. For example, if you chose In-Person Learning, your child will learn from home for the first three weeks of school and will attend campus beginning Sept. 2. If you chose At-Home Learning, your child will remain in At-Home Learning after Sept. 2.
Parent Information Plan & FAQs
Allen ISD knows that you and your family likely have many questions before you can make this important decision. To aid you in this process, AISD has posted its detailed “Safe Return to School: Parent Information” plan, along with a series of Frequently Asked Questions for both In-Person and At-Home Learning:
We know that our parents have many questions about returning to school this fall in regard to the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to streamline our questions and provide a quicker response, please fill out this form. Please know that Allen ISD is finalizing the overall plans for both In-Person and At-Home Learning, but we may not be able to answer specific/detailed questions about your child. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times together.