Irons MS Return to Learn

Face to Face vs. Virtual Learning

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2020-2021

As our Cougars return to school on August 17, 2020 there will be two options for learning: face-to-face or virtual. When making this important decision it is critical that our Cougars community have all the information that is available to date. Please see below for specific ways in which face-to-face and virtual instruction will differ, followed by a short FAQ section.


If you haven't already registered, please do so using your students gradebook account. At this time you will choose whether you plan for your student to attend face to face or virtual instruction. IF you've already registered, but did not get the option to decide, you may log back in and skip to page 9 to make your selection.

Face to Face Instruction

  • Classes held on the IMS campus & taught by IMS teachers
  • Students move through their individualized schedule based on course selections
  • Lessons designed and implemented for students to master grade level TEKS, not simply complete a task
  • Complete access to additional academic supports through dedicated instructional coaches, interventionists, during day tutorial time (previously known as advisory), individual teacher tutoring, etc.
  • Student attendance will be taken during all 8 classes; IMS will follow both district and TEA guidelines
  • Grading will follow the LISD grading policy - a minimum of 9 assignments will be graded and recorded, a 9 week district assessment will be given at the end of each grading period, and grades will be numerical with a 70 and above considered passing
  • Increased safety protocols in place, including but not limited to: social distancing, face coverings are required in 4th grade and up, minimized touch points, additional sanitizing of surfaces, and no sharing of supplies/materials
  • Micro-closure procedures will be enacted for students/staff who come into "close contact" with a person who contracts COVID-19
  • A micro-closure is defined as a short shutdown, between 1 - 5 days
  • Close contact is defined as being directly exposed to infectious secretions, or being within 6' for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask
  • No outside deliveries of any kind - this includes food deliveries to school
  • All visitors to the building will be required to have an appointment

Virtual Instruction

  • Students "attend" class virtually using the LISD student issued Chromebook
  • Students are expected to "attend" all 8 classes, just as if attending face-to-face, following the IMS bell schedule
  • Students are expected to turn in work every day and communicate with their teachers; students are expected to have both the microphone and camera on when in the Google classroom unless instructed otherwise by the teacher
  • Classes taught by an LISD certified teacher, but not necessarily a IMS teacher
  • On-level coursework will be completed using the Edgenuity platform
  • For coursework not offered in Edgenuity students will be taught synchronously (2-way, real-time/live virtual instruction) through Google classroom on the Chromebook
  • Some elective courses may not be available due to the Edgenuity platform not offering them
  • Student attendance will be taken during all 8 classes; IMS will follow both district and TEA guidelines
  • Grading will follow the LISD grading policy - a minimum of 9 assignments will be graded and recorded, a 9 week district assessment will be given at the end of each grading period, and grades will be numerical with a 70 and above considered passing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can my student participate in extracurricular activities if learning virtually? A student who is voluntarily participating in an all-remote instructional method, whether synchronous or asynchronous, shall be permitted to participate in any extracurricular activity, practice, or performance for the grading period in which the student is receiving all-remote instruction or any elective course open only to students participating in a particular UIL activity. Students must attend the academic period as well as any competitions, practices, etc. The same standards for grades and attendance will still be in effect. Dr. Rollo stated it will allow for continuity if virtual students decide to come back to in-person school after the 9 week grading period. All students, whether they are in virtual or in-person, will be required to do a self-check before attending the practice.

  • Will students be locked into their learning choice for the entire school year? No, students are locked into their learning choice for a 9 week grading period - at the end of 9 weeks students can make a different choice.
  • Will meals be available to students who are in virtual instruction? It is likely that students in virtual learning will be able to pick up a curbside meal at Irons during an designated time period.
  • Will transportation be provided to students electing virtual instruction to participate in extracurricular activities? No, transportation must be provided by the parent.
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MAKING A DECISION

The information presented above is to help the Irons family make an informed decision regarding instructional options as we near the start of the 2020-21 school year. The deadline to make a choice for the upcoming school year is August 3, 2020; however, if you can decide sooner it will help in our planning at IMS.


Please know that no matter which option you select IMS is here to support all Cougars academically, socially, and emotionally. IMS is also committed to following all safety protocols.


If you have additional questions please feel free to give us a call at 806.219.4000 or by email.

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2020-2021 SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

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