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2020-2021 "Back to School" Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We are excited to kick off this new school year on Tuesday, August 4, 2020!  We are calling our return to school and plan the 2020-2021 SMART START.  We are determined to give every student a sense of normalcy and routine.  With the survey responses we received from you along with the most current guidance from the Texas Education Agency, we have developed our plan for the return to school for the 2020-2021 school year.  We thank you for your patience and commitment to Spring Creek School.  Even now, just a couple of weeks prior to school starting, these plans are fluid and are subject to change dependent on new information and guidance.


 Spring Creek ISD will continue to work diligently to provide a safe environment for our students and staff.  Please be aware that our guidance from the Texas Education Agency changes daily; with that in mind, details regarding our return this fall are subject to change.  We understand that you may have questions regarding this 2020-2021 school start.  We are here to help navigate these uncertain waters while ensuring that all on our campus are safe.


Instructional Method Offerings


We want to encourage you to allow us the opportunity to provide your child with face-to-face instruction; however, Spring Creek ISD is proud to offer both traditional in-person instruction and remote/online instruction.  Both instructional methods will, of course, follow the state-mandated Texas essential knowledge and skills (TEKS) curriculum. 


To better prepare for this new year, families will be asked to choose the instructional method through the following link:




Parents may also make their selection via our district website’s homepage, www.springcreekisd.netParents must submit their choice for their child(ren) by midnight, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  Should a family want to change their student’s selection, changes must be requested by midnight, Thursday, July 30, 2020, by calling the main office at (806) 273-6791 or emailing springcreekisd@region16.net


Families must commit to their student’s instructional option for the 9-weeks grading period.  Please note that in the event in-person instruction is delayed or canceled and all students are required to learn remotely, your option will take effect once students are allowed to return to school for in-person instruction.  For any family not submitting the commitment form, we will assume that they are opting for the traditional, in-person instructional method.  Your timely completion and submission of this commitment form is critical to the district to successfully complete teacher and student schedules and plan for both methods of instruction. 


We are very excited to welcome our students back to school this fall, whether in person or remotely.  We want you to select the instructional method that you feel is best for your student(s).


We will continually update you as new information is received.  We know that the Fall 2020 semester will look different, but we are steadfast in our commitment to provide quality instruction whether in on-campus, face-to-face or in a virtual setting. 



In-Person Instruction:  This traditional instruction option will be offered 4-days per week with the standard school hours, 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Additional health and safety precautions will be in place for the well-being of our students, families, and staff.  In-person instruction will consist of a safe environment that is aligned with county and state health guidelines and protocols.  In addition, students will become familiar with See Saw or Google Classroom.  This will allow instructional support if school is required to temporarily close or if students must be absent from in-person instruction.  Students who are 10 years of age or older will be required to wear facial coverings on campus per Governor Abbot’s Executive Order GA-29.  We ask all parents to help us in the daily monitoring of their child’s health.  Social distancing will be adhered to as much as instructionally possible. 


Remote/Online Instruction:  Models will consist of a synchronous and asynchronous opportunities.  Not all courses may be available in the remote/online environment.  Elective course selections for those students committing to the remote/online instructional method may be required to adjust their course selections.


  • Asynchronous Instruction:  This method of learning is instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time.  Our teachers will upload pre-recorded video and online assignments through Seesaw, Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Texas Virtual School Network, Edgenuity, or other learning management platforms. Each teacher will monitor student engagement to determine his/her daily attendance.  The teacher will make a daily determination of each student’s engagement.  Any student who is determined by the teacher to be “not engaged” will be marked absent.  Our remote/online instruction will require support from involved parents at home and within the remote/online classroom environment. 
  • Synchronous Instruction:  This method of learning is two-way, real-time live instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus.  As such, this method requires all students to be present at the same time, virtually.  It is very similar to instruction on campus.  This option is not available for students in grades K-2.  A minimum number of daily minutes are required for students using the synchronous instructional mode.  Students in grades 3-5 are required to have 180 minutes of daily instruction (may or may not be consecutive minutes).  Students in grades 6-12 are required to have 240 minutes of daily instruction (may or may not be consecutive minutes).


Undoubtedly, we want you to make the choice that you feel is best for you child.  Remote/Online instruction is a fluid option that can be accessed at any time; however, once this method is chosen, the student must remain with that instructional method until the end of the 9-weeks grading period. 


When schools were closed in March 2020, the students’ course loads were restricted to core subjects only.  Remote/Online learning for the 2020-2021 school year will include a full course load of instruction and assignments that is equivalent to that of students who have chosen the traditional, in-person instructional method.  It is the responsibility of the parent and student to ensure that remote/online instruction meets the same expectations as traditional, in-person instruction, which includes:


  • Completion of all daily assignments
  • Daily communication with teacher(s)
  • Daily time commitment


Traditional, in-person instruction and remote/online instruction will utilize the same grading system.


Below is a summary of the two instructional methods offered:


Traditional, In-Person Instructional Method

Remote/Online Instructional Method

  • Available for all students, K-12
  • All instruction and learning are online at home
  • Students are given instruction face-to-face on campus
  • Instruction will be provided via Seesaw, Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Texas Virtual School Network, and/or Edgenuity
  • Facial coverings shall be worn by faculty, staff, and students who are 10 years of age or older
  • Non-core subject courses may not be available – other course options may need to be considered
  • Parents/Guardians partner with SCISD to monitor their child’s health each day
  • Daily attendance is required
  • Health guidelines and protocols are followed
  • Reliable internet connectivity needed
  • Social distancing practiced when possible
  • Daily assignments required
  • Students are able to participate in extra-curricular activities
  • Students are able to participate in extra-curricular activities if they are able to attend on-campus practices and competitions.  Parents of students must provide transportation to and from practices.  Spring Creek ISD will provide transportation to UIL basketball games and UIL academic competitions.
  • Compulsory 90% attendance rule in effect
  • Compulsory 90% attendance rule in effect


  • Synchronous instruction is not available for students in grades K-2

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