Godley High School/Wildcat Field

Godley ISD announced Wednesday that students who are currently failing online classes must return to in-person learning on Oct. 20.

In a letter sent to parents and posted on the district’s Facebook page, Godley Superintendent Rich Dear said the district has decided that all virtual students who are currently failing academically will be required to return to campus for face-to-face instruction for the second nine weeks, which begins Oct. 20.

“After much discussion with district administrators, teachers and parents, and reviewing academic reports from the first nine weeks, we firmly believe that this decision is in the best interest of our students,” Dear wrote in the letter.

Godley students who have been successful in virtual learning will be allowed to continue to learn virtually.

“As we come to the close of our first nine weeks of school, we would like to thank you for helping make our return to face-to-face learning such a success thus far,” Dear said. “Unfortunately, that is not the case for a large majority of our virtual learners.”

The district said campus administrators will contact the parents and/or guardians of virtual students who must switch to face-to-face learning in the coming days.

“We understand that student health during these times remains a concern for many parents, which is why Godley ISD will continue to follow proper health protocols to provide a safe learning space for our face-to-face students,” Dear wrote. “By following guidelines and protocols put in place, we have had only one positive face-to-face student COVID-19 case within Godley ISD thus far this school year.”

While Godley ISD said it believes this decision is in the best interest of the success of its students, parents and/or guardians of virtual students that are failing have other options that meet compulsory education laws, including withdraw to homeschool, withdraw and enroll in a charter school that offers virtual learning, withdraw and enroll in a private school that offers virtual learning, or request to transfer to another district that offers virtual learning.

“We appreciate your understand and cooperation in ensuring that our students are successful in their educational experience,” Dear concluded in his letter.

For information, contact Godley ISD at 817-592-4300.

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