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Back to School: In classroom or from a distance?

What we know about Adair County's fall school schedules at this point is that parents and students need to give their decision of the type of attendance they desire as quickly as possible to help plan for the fall.

Calls are being made now for the survey, requesting that families let the school Board know their intentions on or before August 10, 2020. If a family has not been called, they are urged to contact the school central office to let them know the choice as quickly as possible. Survey questions are here, or you can call the School Board at 270-384-2476.

A chart follows, and is also available on the schools website at this link: Differences in Learning Types (PDF), to help students and their families know what choices look like.

Members of staff and faculty are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. Work is ongoing planning distancing within the rooms, directional plans and much more.

Adair County Schools: NTI, Distance Learning and In-Person Instruction:

In NTI, Distance Learning and In-Person Learning, students are enrolled in the Adair County School System.

The choice between Distance Learning and In-Person Learning must be made by August 10, 2020. Students may move from face-to-face to virtual instruction if safety is a concern. However, to make a move from virtual to in-person instruction, a student must wait until a new nine-week grading period.

All Adair County Students, Preschool through Kindergarten, will be provided an iPad and all students in 1st grade through 12th grade will be provided Chromebooks, if the family has adequate Internet service.

The Adair County School System has provided the following comparison of the instruction methods:

What does NTI look like? (What was done in the Spring but NOT virtual)
  • NTI is an option for review of material when schools are dismissed short term.

  • Daily (short-term) or weekly (long-term) participation data is collected.

  • Participation is considered the goal as opposed to collection of grades / attendance.

  • Internet access and adhering to a schedule is not prioritized as students are given multiple opportunities for completing assignment types.

What does homeschool look like?
  • If you homeschool, the student is NOT enrolled in the Adair County School System.

  • All homeschools must declare their intent at the Adair County Board of Education.

  • Adair County Board of Education is not responsible for providing curriculum for homeschools.

  • If a student comes back to school from homeschool, a placement test may be administered before the student enrolls into the school system.

What does Distance (Virtual) Learning look like?
  • Daily schedule begins at 7:45 am and ends at 2:45 pm.

  • Attendance and participation are checked daily.

  • The goal of distance learning is to look as much like face- to-face instruction as possible.

  • Distance learning is done virtually.

  • Students must have Internet access and parental support at home.

  • Instruction may include live- streamed classes, video lessons, Google Classroom, Google Meet and other methods.

  • Teachers will be using Google Classroom to help facilitate virtual instruction.

  • Academic and attendance expectations will be the same as in-person, including grading practices.

  • Depending on numbers, the district may assign some teachers who only facilitate and teach virtual instruction. This will vary by school.

  • Students may move from face-to-face to virtual instruction if safety is a concern. However, a student must wait until a new nine- week grading period to move from virtual to in-person instruction.

  • Co-curricular classes such as choir/chorus, band, welding, health science, etc. are offered as in-person classes only.

  • Students in distance learning may participate in extra- curricular activities (sports) as long as they meet guidelines for participation (same as in-class). Virtual students should only be on campus during designated practice and game times.

  • A student/parent contract will be required upon signing up for distance learning.

  • Devices may be requested from your child’s school. A $15.00 insurance fee will apply.

What does In-Person Learning look like?
  • Daily schedule begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:45pm.

  • Attendance and participation are checked daily.

  • Students in grades 1st -12th are required to wear a mask in common areas and when social distancing cannot be done. All students transported by a bus must comply with state guidelines.

  • Temperature checks will be done daily and cleaning and safety precautions will be in place.

  • Breakfast will be a grab-and- go option and all students will get breakfast.

  • Lunch will be in the lunchroom, gym and other common areas (with masks worn to and from). Students will be seated the required distance apart and all facing the same direction. They can interact with each other from a distance.

  • Classes will be reduced to the extent possible based on enrollment numbers.

  • Class changes, restroom breaks, and other transitions will be monitored to ensure social distancing can occur, and masks will be worn as students are moving through common areas.

  • Outdoor classrooms will be utilized weather permitting.

  • Recess will occur on staggered times to allow for appropriate numbers on the playground.

  • Adequate water breaks will be given throughout the day.

  • Students may be included in live-streamed classes or recorded videos, but will not be filmed individually.

  • Exemptions from the mask requirement can be allowed upon a doctor’s recommendation based on a specific condition.

  • Student receives all services outlined in an IEP.

See this previous article for more information on Reopening Adair County Schools 2020-2021.

This story was posted on 2020-07-24 07:11:06
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