MHS Return to Learn

Information for Parents on Face-to-Face vs Virtual Learning

2020-2021

We are thrilled to be beginning our 2020-2021 school year on August 17, 2020. While there have been many changes over the last five months, our love for your students and our desire to get back into the classroom with them has not waned. For this coming school year, you will have the option of face-to-face instruction or virtual instruction. It is important that you have information that is available to date to make this critical decision. Please see below the differences between the two.

Face-to-Face Instruction

  • Classes held on the MHS campus & taught by MHS teachers
  • Students move through their individualized schedule based on course selection and 4 year plans
  • 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, after-school tutorials, etc.
  • Student attendance will be taken during all 8 classes; MHS 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 procudures 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 MHS 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 MHS 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 Chomebook
  • Some elective courses may require face-to-face instruction at MHS. Parents/guardians must provide transportation to and from.
  • Student attendance will be taken during all 8 classes; MHS 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

  • Will there be extracurricular activities this fall? Yes, the UIL has released new guidance and there will be extracurricular activities this fall - please see the image below for guidance
  • Will new athletic schedules be released? Yes, the LISD athletic department and MHS coaches are working on those now. They will be shared ASAP
  • Can my student participate in extracurricular activities if learning virtually? Yes, students who elect virtual instruction may participate in extracurricular activities. As such, those students will be required to attend classes/workouts/practices for that activity not only during scheduled times outside of the school day, but also during the school day when that class period is held
  • 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.
  • If students learn virtually for an entire year will they still graduate with MHS in 2021? Yes, as long as all graduation requirements are met.
  • Will transportation be provided to students electing virtual instruction and participating 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 our Plainsmen community 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 that decision can be made sooner that will help in our planning. To make your decision please complete the online registration process. On screen 9 there will be a form that allows you to select Face-to-Face or Virtual instruction.


Please know that no matter which option you select, we are here to support you academically, socially, and emotionally.


If you have additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at (806)219-1900.

Monterey High School

Principal: Jack Purkeypile

Assistant Principals: Vince Garcia, Trey Aguilar, Angie Redd, Jennifer Walden, Garrett Luft, Robin Fulbright

Counseling Team: Gail Holdridge, Kristen Lewis, Jill Forbes, Crystal Scott, Kimberlee Brinkley, Adrienne Greaser