Fine Arts Availability
Fine Arts Education programs are available to all WISD students. All Fine Arts courses will be available in a virtual format for students choosing asynchronous remote learning. Learning in Fine Arts courses may take place in the following ways:
- Virtually, or
- Virtually with optional on-campus activities
- Those choosing remote learning will receive lessons, activities, etc., through Canvas (at secondary) and Seesaw (at elementary).
- Elementary music and art specialists will submit 1-2 new assignments per week in their Seesaw account (where specialists are present) and take a minimum of 1 grade per week, per student as outlined in the WISD Grading Guidelines.
- Secondary teachers will submit two assignments per week, including but not limited to: projects, daily assignments, assessments, playing tests, sketches, model building, etc. and take two grades per week, per student as outlined in the WISD Grading Guidelines. Teachers will communicate regularly with students per state attendance guidelines.
Equipment & Project Needs
Some Fine Arts courses may require students to check out equipment, materials, or supplies (band, art, theatre, etc.) to complete virtual assignments or learning activities. The specific Fine Arts teachers will provide details for the check-out and return of the materials (where applicable). Students are responsible for the materials and may be held financially responsible for loss, damage, or stolen equipment.
Students participating in remote learning offered by the school district, may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent. Schools may develop local policies with additional requirements for participation. More information may be found on the UIL website. Similarly, students who meet eligibility requirements may also participate in TMEA, TxETA, TAEA, ITS, and other competitive events.
Students will work with the director/coach of the event for each competition area to practice specific requirements for the event(s). As with summer band, activities may be in-person or virtual. Expectations for in-person rehearsals will be coordinated through the classroom instructor.
If a student enrolled in remote learning plans to participate in extracurricular Fine Arts activities requiring in-person rehearsal, the student and parents are responsible for transportation to and from the event/rehearsal.
Guidelines and rules for extracurricular events and competitions are subject to change pending determinations made by the UIL and local health officials.
Fine Arts Protocols
Specific guidelines and protocols have been established for the following fine arts courses:
- elementary art
- elementary music
Guidelines and protocols cover:
- entry into classroom spaces
- equipment use
- sharing of equipment/supplies
- distancing in classrooms
- arrangement of classrooms
- location of classrooms/spaces
- additional safeguards
Contests & Performances
- All TMEA contests in band, choir and orchestra will be virtual until at least January 13, 2021.
- All performances should be virtual until further notice.