Van Alstyne ISD Superintendent David Brown announced July 2 that the district will offer both in-person and remote learning options for the 2020-2021 school year.


He said the decision was made to meet the learning, health and safety needs of the VAISD community.


The choice of whether to return to school or learn remotely will be left entirely up to parents. The district intends to distribute a survey by the end of July that will allow them to make their decision.


"The 2019-2020 school year ended in a fashion that no one could have predicted. VAISD is so very proud of our faculty, staff, students and families as everyone pulled together to finish the year strong with flexibility, grace and learning," Brown said in a written statement.


"The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching, and it goes without saying that this year will look different than what we are all accustomed to. The challenges that upended our spring are still present, and like the spring, VAISD staff and families will rise to meet them as we move into the fall."


Those who choose in-person learning will attend class in regular school buildings. There will be daily temperature checks, social distancing as feasible and parent partnerships in monitoring health.


Students who attend school in-person will be able to enroll in honors, advanced placement and pre-AP classes as well as other extracurricular activities. Those options will not be available to those who attend virtual classes.


Remote learners will complete all of their coursework online. Students must have reliable internet and will be required to complete daily attendance log-ins as well as daily required assignments.


"Please know that spring 2019 remote learning was a reaction to a global emergency; 2020-2021 remote learning will look vastly different and have more rigorous requirements," Brown said.


"VAISD is committed to the education and well-being of all of our students. Together we can make the 2020-2021 school year, although unusual, a very successful year for our VAISD community."


While no official decision has been released, Howe ISD officials say they will also likely give parents a choice between traditional schooling or remote instruction.


According to a July 2 post on the district’s official Facebook page, Howe ISD is waiting for guidance from the Texas Education Agency before making an official decision. It was explained that remote instruction would be "more robust with either recorded lessons and/or two-way interaction between students and teachers."