Charlotte ISD removes remote learning option



In March of this year, Texas schools transitioned from in-person to online learning in a matter of weeks due to the COVID 19 outbreak. With schools reopening in August, students were given the option to continue remote learning from home or come back in person for face-to-face learning.

Charlotte ISD announced in September they had a total enrollment of 416 students for the 2020-2021 school year with 67 students in remote learning. Since then, they will be joining other small schools across the state by removing the opportunity for remote learning due to the number of students failing. The decision came after board members discussed the matter during their Oct. 21 meeting.

“It has been brought to our attention that our remote learners are having a difficult time and proving to be unsuccessful with at-home instruction,” said Superintendent Mario Sotelo. “We decided it was best to bring them back in-person so that all of our students will have the opportunity to do better. Online learning is not as easy as it was in the past for both students and teachers. Going back to face-to-face instruction will prove to be more effective for everyone alike.”

All students are expected to report back to their respective campus on Monday, Nov. 2.

The school board took into consideration the asynchronous plan, percentage of on campus/remote learners, attendance and grades of remote learners, safety procedures on campus and the limited number of COVID-19 cases in the district and Atascosa County. Charlotte ISD is currently the only school in their district and Atascosa County to not report any COVID-19 breakouts this school year. As of Friday afternoon, Atascosa County has only three active COVID-19 cases.

Sotelo commended his staff and students for doing their part in following all safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their school. “Our kids and staff are going above and beyond to stay safe by following social distancing and wearing their masks, even if they don’t like it. We also clean our schools every day to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.”

Appeals Nov. 2-6

Charlotte ISD is offering parents the chance to submit an appeal should their student have a medical condition that requires them to continue learning at home. All appeals will take place next week, November 2-6. Parents must request a hearing with the district committee during this time frame and will need to provide substantial medical documentation during the hearing as to why their student needs to stay home. All decisions on appeals will be made by the committee no later than Friday, Nov. 6. The committee is composed of campus level teachers and administrators including two elementary teachers, two middle school teachers, one high school teacher and both principals.

If your appeal is denied, your student is to report back to their campus on Monday, Nov. 9.

If you would like to request an appeal, please call your respective campus as follows: Elementary, 830- 277-1710; Junior High, 830- 277-1646; or High School, 830-277-1432.

“Charlotte ISD is committed to keeping our students and staff safe at all times. We will continue to follow all safety protocols to ensure the health of everyone who comes through our doors,” said Sotelo.

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