Flexible Learning - South Texas Independent School District (2024)

Now, more than ever, we are committed to stepping out of our comfort zones and facing the unfamiliar, all to continue providing the best for our current and prospective district community members during this time.

All six of our campuses used our district's Flexible Learning Initiative to provide virtual instruction during the school closures in the spring, and the district has continued developing this initiative designed to deliver high-quality instruction to students from a distance. Additional professional development focused on virtual instruction is scheduled for administrators and faculty and staff leading up to the beginning of the school year and will continue moving forward.

We've accepted the challenge, welcome the change, and are ready to safely lead our STISD community while living through this pandemic.

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ESPANOL

STISD has been busy throughout the spring and summer preparing for the 2020-2021 school year and our return to campuses and offices this fall. When our staff and students return to our facilities, they will find a "new normal," consisting of practices, procedures and precautions in place to better ensure the health and safety of our district community.

In planning for this school year, we researched guidelines, recommendations and best practices and found ways to embed these into our day-to-day practices at STISD. The goal of this plan is to provide the safest learning and working environment possible. Our "Safe Return to Work and School Plan" is guided by two principles:
- Safety of all in their work and learning environment
- Clear communication throughout the crisis

This plan is a working document, and we will continue to update it as circ*mstances, knowledge and guidance change.

(Last updated on April 1, 2021)

STISD Phased-In Return to School Plan
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Plan de STISD para el regreso gradual a la escuela

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Get connected & stay connected

At STISD, we realize the importance of getting connected and staying connected, especially during this time of teaching and learning from a distance. Alongside our online instruction, we plan to continue offering our students opportunities to experience camaraderie and life as an STISD student, including the chance to celebrate accomplishments. Be on the look-out for more information to come in regards to:

- Virtual "Meet the Teacher" events and campus presentations
- Extracurricular activities for the upcoming year
- Social and emotional learning opportunities and support for students and families
- Ways through which you can ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information and preferences for you so you never miss an update from the district or your child's school

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Training for your future continues

At STISD, we take pride in providing our students with preparation for college and a future career, and we will not let the pandemic stop that. Even at a distance, students will take their career & technology (CTE) courses and will continue studying and training for certifications in various fields. We are committed to the continuation of preparation for the future. Are you?

Click here to learn more about our courses and certifications.

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Never stop learning

STISD will continue using its Flexible Learning Initiative established this spring as the school year kicks off virtually Aug. 17. The method, which prioritizes safety and flexibility, takes into account different learning environments and family situations, and is built to cater to different schedules and needs.

We are committed to ensuring all of our students have access to the internet and a device to be able to continue with virtual learning and be successful in it. This year the online learning will be more streamlined, as we will be using one learning management system - itsLearning - for all campuses and courses. Additional training on this platform will be offered.

The learning never stops for administrators, faculty, or staff either. We continue to learn and develop our skills in delivering remote instruction, and will continue to do so leading into the 2020-2021 school year.

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See new possibilities

Although virtual instruction brings with it challenges, it also opens up limitless possibilities for engaging and impactful instruction. We see this as an opportunity to continue innovating and find new ways to help our students grasp concepts and skills from the safety of their homes. We look forward to the 2020-2021 school year and reinventing the way we teach and learn at STISD.

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Never stop preparing

With health and safety at the forefront, STISD continues to prepare campuses to be able to welcome students and faculty/staff back in the future. We are also building on our plan to offer options to our families once we are able to resume with in-person instruction. These options will include: traditional (in-person), blended (a combination of in-person and online), and virtual (completely online).

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STISD and four STISD campuses make the Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll lists for 2023

Educational Results Partnership (ERP) recently released its ninth annual “Honor Roll” list, which recognizes top public schools, school districts and charter schools that have outperformed their peers in closing achievement gaps, particularly among higher-poverty and historically disadvantaged student populations.

STISD earned a spot on this year’s Texas Honor Roll Districts list, while four STISD campuses earned spots on the Honor Roll Schools list, including Health Professions, Preparatory Academy, Rising Scholars, and World Scholars.

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Three STISD students selected for competitive STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Summer High School Intern Program

Three students from STISD Science Academy were selected to participate in this year's STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer High School Intern Program in collaboration with The University of Texas Center for Space Research (UT/CSR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Required student registration for 2024-2025 now open through Skyward Family Access

Student registration is required each year for all new and returning students. Electronic registration packets are now available for parents/guardians to complete through Skyward Family Access. Read for more information on this process.

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FAQs

What is the grading scale for South Texas ISD? ›

Grading System:

90-100 = A. 80-89 = B. 75-79 = C. 70-74 = D.

What are examples of flexible learning? ›

With pace, for example, students may take accelerated programs or engage in part-time learning to ensure they have time to work on the side. Learning can take place in a variety of settings, including in the classroom, at home via the Internet, while commuting or as part of a work-study program.

Why is flexibility important for students? ›

Improved Well-being: Students' mental well-being is paramount to their success. Flexible learning environments promote a supportive atmosphere, allowing students to engage comfortably and at their pace. This reduces stress levels and contributes to a positive learning experience.

Why is online learning more flexible? ›

Increased Course Variety

There's no need to rearrange schedules, students in an online program can take the course they want and complete the coursework at a time that is most convenient for them. Through online courses, students can gain the knowledge they need to earn their degree or grow in their profession.

Is 70 a failing grade in Texas? ›

Currently, 90-100 is the letter grade "A," 80-89 is a "B," 75-79 is a "C" and 70-74 is a "D." A failing grade is anything below 70.

Is a C+ a passing grade? ›

C+, C, C- indicates satisfactory performance. D+, D, D- indicates less than satisfactory performance. F indicates unsatisfactory performance (no credit: always include last date of attendance). P indicates Pass (A-, B and C will automatically be replaced by "P" when the Pass/No Pass option has been requested.

What is a flexible learning method? ›

Flexible learning, as the name suggests, can be defined as the ability for students to customize how, what, when and where they learn. Generally speaking, flexible learning can be delivered across a variety of settings, including classroom, at home, blended approach or even a work based study program.

What is the purpose of flexible learning? ›

Flexible learning is an educational approach that recognizes students' needs for variety, accessibility, recognition of different learning styles, and increased autonomy in their learning experience overall. It encourages diversity in program design and instructional delivery methods.

What is the difference between blended learning and flexible learning? ›

Blended learning integrates the best of both worlds - traditional classroom learning as well as high-tech online learning. Whereas flexible learning refers to a teaching style in which learners have control over how, what, when, and where they learn; and focuses more on online and distance learning methods.

Do students learn better online or in a classroom? ›

For example, a 2019 study published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning reported no significant differences in academic achievement between online and traditional classroom learners.

Is online school better than in-person school? ›

Digital learning environments can be much more inclusive than traditional classrooms. Students can slow down the pace at which they consume learning material. They can rewatch a lecture multiple times if needed and take time to process it before responding to online discussions or assignments.

Which learning option is more affordable and flexible? ›

Online programs tend to be more affordable than a traditional in-person college education. While online tuition rates are not always lower, associated expenses are almost always less.

What is the current grading scale? ›

The conventional grading scale includes A+, A, A-, B+, B-, B-, C+, C-, D+, D, D- and F, with A+ being the highest grade and F being the lowest. Here is a quick and easy breakdown of the US grading systems.

What are the grading scale ratings? ›

Most Common
GradeScaleGrade Description
HD7.00A+ (High Distinction)
D6.00 - 6.99A (Distinction)
C5.00 - 5.99B (Credit)
P4.00 - 4.99C (Pass)
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How do I know my grading scale? ›

Divide your total points by the total points possible

If you earned 330 points in this class, you'd divide that by 400 for a quotient of 0.825, which corresponds to a percentage grade of 82.5%, or a low B. For percentages, divide the sum by the number of entries.

What is the letter grading system in Texas? ›

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Texas State utilizes the four-point system. The GPA is the total number of grade points earned divided by the number of semester hours attempted. Semester grade symbols have the following values: “A” = 4 points; “B” = 3 points; “C” = 2 points; “D” = 1 point; “F” and “U” = 0 points.

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