DSISD board discusses remote instruction learning per SB15

By Brittany Anderson

A resolution regarding remote learning was presented by Dr. Karen Kidd, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation, at the Dripping Springs ISD agenda review meeting on Monday.

“Out of Senate Bill 15 and training and recommendation from Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), it’s recommended that the board adopt a resolution around remote learning,” Kidd said.

The resolution approves a combination of remote synchronous and asynchronous instruction, with daily attendance for remote instruction taken at 8:45 a.m. 

Per SB 15, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 1, local educational agencies (LEAs) may receive full average daily attendance (ADA) funding for students who attend local remote learning programs at any point during the 2021-22 school year, so long as the instruction meets requirements set by SB 15.

Some eligibility requirements for LEAs to provide remote instruction include a district-wide performance rating of C or higher for the 2018-19 school year, provide an option for on-campus instruction (remote learning may not be the sole option given), allow students enrolled in remote learning to participate in extracurricular activities, and periodically assess students’ remote learning progress. Additionally, school districts may only enroll up to 10% of their student body in remote learning. More information on SB 15 can be found on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

“We put together the items we need to specifically draw attention to, which is the attendance time and that we’re allowing both remote and in person,” Kidd said. “That’s two of the check boxes we’re looking for in the resolution to say we’ve met those requirements and are seeking board approval.” 

The board wants to move the item to the consent agenda for the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 27. 

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Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021 and is passionate about local journalism, solutions journalism and travel writing.

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