Extra and Co-Curricular Activities
Athletic Participation for Online Students
Student participation in Athletics is vital to the physical, mental, and emotional development of the whole child. Regardless of whether students choose the face-to-face or online learning model, all secondary students will have access to Athletic opportunities. Secondary students choosing the option of learning at home online may attend face-to-face Athletic Periods during the daily scheduled class period, if their online schedule permits. Online learners must attend practices before or after school for individual and team skill development as well as mandatory acclimation periods and safety training. Parents will be responsible for transportation to and from the Athletic Period as well as the before or after school practices. In order to avoid missing online, synchronous learning, online student athletes may need to leave the face-to-face Athletic Period prior to the scheduled end of the period.
Fine Arts Participation for Online Students
Regardless of whether students choose the face-to-face or online learning model, all secondary students will have access to Fine Arts opportunities. Secondary school students choosing the option of learning at home online may attend their respective Fine Arts courses face-to-face during the daily scheduled class period, if their online schedule permits. Online students also can attend before- or after-school rehearsals and practices. Parents are responsible for transportation to/from the campus for students attending classes face-to-face, as well as before- or after-school rehearsals/practices. In order to avoid missing online synchronous classes, online students may need to leave the face-to-face fine arts class prior to the scheduled end of the period.
High School and Middle School Performing Arts courses (Band, Color Guard, Choir, Dance, Dance Team, Orchestra, Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Production courses) will be offered in both face-to-face and online learning models. Online students may participate during the daily scheduled class period and/or before- or after-school practices in order to fulfill the ensemble TEKS of the course. Risk mitigation protocols have been established by the District for face-to-face instruction in all Fine Arts program areas and must be followed explicitly. Before- and after-school practices are an extension of classroom learning and provide additional time to prepare for concerts, productions, and other group performances. After-school Marching Band and Dance Team practices allow students to fulfill the PE substitution requirements of the class (freshmen, sophomores, first-year dance team members).
Because the visual arts foster individual skills, students can participate fully either in the face-to-face or online learning model. Online students may participate face-to-face during the daily scheduled Art class period if they so choose. Students choosing the online learning model still will be able to participate in Art exhibits and competitions.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Participation for Online Students
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides challenging career pathways for every student utilizing real-world experiences and evolving skill sets, attitudes, and behaviors. Regardless of whether students choose face-to-face or 100-percent online learning, all high school students will have access to CTE Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) opportunities. Participation in CTSOs is vital to the complete student experience in CTE programs. According to research conducted by the National Coordinating Council for CTSO (NCC-CTSO), students who participate in CTSOs demonstrate higher levels of academic engagement and motivation, civic engagement, career self-efficacy, and employability skills than other students. CTSOs are specifically aligned to courses and are co-curricular in nature. During the start of the school year and the period of online-only learning, there may not be face-to-face CTE activities. Because of the specialized hands-on lab based TEKS requirements for some of the CTE courses, 100-percent online learning may not be possible for all CTE courses. Students whose courses will require face-to-face instruction have been notified. Additional CTE courses may require face-to-face during the course of the year. Flexible options for fulfilling the face-to-face instruction will be available.
CTE Participation for Face-to-Face Students
The TEKS associated with many CTE courses require hands-on lab experiences. For safety and equipment access reasons, there may be difficulty in replicating environments to build identified skill sets outside of the traditional classroom. Lab components of specific CTE courses may require students to return to face-to-face learning environments at some point during the school year. Each classes return date will be based on providing adequate delivery and development of skills identified in the course TEKS. For Fall 2020 Back to School Plan as of September 14, 2020 61 example, Electrical Tech I, Cosmetology, and Anatomy and Physiology may require face-to-face lab work for the majority of the school year while Aerospace Engineering may only require lab experiences during the second semester. The CTE Course Resources Chart (Appendix - Exhibit I) includes the courses that may require face-to-face instruction. Students who participate in CTE programs offered at Reese Center will be required to attend face-to-face classes; however, they may elect to remain in an online learning environment for home campus courses.
CTE Participation for Online Students
Once face-to-face learning resumes, regardless of whether students choose face-to-face or 100-percent online learning, high school students enrolled in the appropriate CTE courses will have access to CTSO opportunities. Students who have chosen to learn 100-percent online may participate with their CTSO peers in face-to-face meetings, events, practices, and competitions. Students who do not participate in face-to-face course experiences and CTSO activities may be unable to fulfill some of the requirements for specific competitions. CTE will update information on the CTE website under the 2020-2021 Instructional Updates Tab.