Live Video Chat Option Begins March 30

March 25, 2020

Dear CISD Families,

Thank you so much for helping us kick off such a great start with our CISD Distance Learning this week!  We appreciate your understanding, grace and support, as we have worked through establishing and implementing these online systems and supports for learning.   

Starting Monday March 30, we will be integrating live video chats as well as recorded video chats as a part of our curriculum delivery.  We will still have resources and lessons linked on Schoology PK-12 and Echo - New Tech, as well as videos published by educators. We will be adding this function to help support learning in a variety of ways.  We thank you for your patience in allowing this feature, as we wanted to ensure our processes are being implemented with fidelity, while focusing on safety and equity for all CISD students.  

Some of you may be asking, what does it mean to have a video chat with an educator?  

Here are some ways that we can use video chats within our instruction:

  • Educators can teach the class in one virtual location and have learners respond verbally.
  • Educators can teach a small group lesson and gather more specific feedback.
  • Educators can work with learners and their parents on a specific question or strategy.
  • Educators can provide specialized services in accordance with IEPs, 504 Supports, English Language Supports, Dyslexia Supports, etc.  

We want to provide you with the opportunity to read the following information for video chats to begin next week.  It is very important that before we begin using video chats with your child/children that we know you have read, understood, and agree to follow the guidelines and expectations presented. You will be asked to complete this Google Form to provide your consent. (It is also located in the information below.)