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Remote Instruction: Frequently Asked Questions

Remote Instruction through April 24, 2020 Until Further Notice

Virtual Office Hours: (M-F) 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The frequently asked questions and answers are being regularly updated. Please check back for the latest information.

Last Updated: March 26, 2020

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Will district employees still get paid during the extended closure?
Yes. All Melissa ISD employees will continue to receive a paycheck for the remainder of the current fiscal year. This is of utmost importance to the Melissa Schools Board of Trustees and the administrative team.

How will the district continue to provide meals to students who need them?
Melissa ISD will be partnering with local organizations and community-wide efforts in order to meet the needs of students, and their families, who are in need of meal assistance. If your household is in need of meal assistance, please fill out our Meal Assistance Form.

How is the district supporting families unable to participate in remote instruction and communication?
The district is aware that some students may not have access to an internet-connected device or an internet connection at home for remote instructional support. If your household is in need, please fill out our Technology Needs Form and see our list of free or reduced-price offerings from internet service providers.

The district is also aware of students who will require additional support. Families will need to work with campus principals if support is needed outside of the remote plans.

Will the STAAR still take place this year?
Melissa ISD will not administer Spring 2020 STAAR testing. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced on Monday, March 16, 2020 that Governor Greg Abbott has waived the STAAR testing requirement to allow schools to focus on public health while investing in the capacity to support remote student learning.

How will this affect high school graduation?
It is too early to determine any changes to the scheduled commencement ceremony.

What events are canceled?
As of March 16, 2020, all scheduled events and activities are canceled through April 24, 2020. The Melissa High School Prom is postponed with hopes of rescheduling.

Will these missed school days have to be made up, and if so, when?
Melissa ISD will follow the 2019-2020 school calendar during the remote instructional support period. Due to a Missed Day Waiver that is being written for the extended spring break of March 16-20, 2020, students will not have to make up any days. In addition, the staff of Melissa Schools were able to spend the extended spring break preparing for the transition to remote instructional support, which began March 23.

My student(s) have medication, materials, or other items at school that we need to pick up. Can I visit the school?
No. All buildings are closed to visitors during the remote instruction period. Nurses will communicate information to parents/guardians of students with medication at school, along with details about retrieval. For all other items, please work with the administrators at your child’s school.

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