Richardson May 2020

SUPPORTING A L L S T U D E N T S As schools have moved online, access to computers and the internet, especially for underserved students, became a priority for Richardson ISD. Here is a look

“That intervention really means taking every student where they are and then seeing what they need,” Stone said. “Any lost ground, we will need to do everything [we can] to make up that ground through addi- tional eorts and resources.” In case schools are unable to open in the fall, the district will continue to develop teacher prociency in technology so that next semester will run more smoothly, Branum said. The district is considering providing devices for pre-K, kindergarten and rst grade students, she added. Ocials are also looking into whether at-home learning has a per- manent place in the district, Branum said. They recognize that some fam- ilies who have students with medical conditions or those who have found their child performs better at home may not want to return to school, she said. “We want to make sure that we are ready to stand up those resources for our parents who do have to make those decisions,” Branum said.

56.3% RISD students classied as economically disadvantaged

1,000 WIFI HOTSPOTS 21,500 IPADS 16,500

at the percentage of the district’s student body that is economically disadvantaged as well as the technology that has been distributed to facilitate e-learning for all students.





adds an extra burden on parents who have to step in. “My 5-year-old can’t necessarily click on hyperlinks and then record himself independently,” Lea said. “Parents denitely have to be a little bit more involved.” RISD has worked to ensure that its e-learning system is equitable for all students, Byno said. The district distributed Chromebooks and iPads to students in grades 2-12 as well as mobile hotspots to those without a Wi-Fi connection. Additionally, books

are given out at meal pickup sites, Deputy Superintendent Tabitha Bra- num said. The district has also recognized the need for other items students may not have at home, such as school supplies. “Everyone is looking through that equity lens to make sure we’re sup- porting those gaps,” she said. It is too soon to tell the eect that virtual learning has had on student performance, Branum said. Statewide assessments were suspended during

at-home learning, making it dicult for the district to measure changes. “I don’t think we [will be] able to quantify our student achievement or performance during this time until we return in the fall and we do some kind of beginning-of-the-year assess- ment,” Branum said. The district is also preparing to help students who may have fallen behind during the shutdown, Stone said. One of its priorities for the upcoming year is identifying students who need intervention to catch up, she said.

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