How Does the District Determine if a School Transitions to Remote Learning?
Published November 17, 2020
In recent weeks, a growing number of Williamson County schools have made the transition to remote learning. These decisions are never easy and multiple factors must be considered.
"The decision to transition to remote is not based solely on the number of positive cases or quarantines," said WCS Executive Director of COVID Response Gary Anderson. "We must also examine current trends, attendance rates, staff absences and the school's ability to get an adequate number of substitute teachers."
Because information can change so quickly, district leaders meet daily to discuss whether any of district's 49 schools should transition to remote learning. The three main metrics used include:
- Health Department recommendations due to positive cases and quarantines
- Overall attendance
Once a decision is made to transition a school to remote learning, the school community is notified by the District, and teachers begin the process of sending Zoom links and instructions for class the following day. School staff then use their protocols to determine whether academics or extracurricular activities can continue on-campus. In some cases, events have been cancelled or postponed.