FAQ: Middle and High School Academic Models

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC MODELS

Q: What are the Middle School Academic Models parents can select from?

HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC MODELS

Q: What are the HIGH School Academic Models parents can select from?

HYBRID MODEL (MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL)

Q: Will there be screening protocols for students and staff before entering school?

A: IUSD schools will follow the guidelines for all OC schools, which include screening procedures.  Click here to read the guidelines.

 

Q: How will instructional and other spaces be cleaned for students in the hybrid model?

A: IUSD will follow cleaning and disinfecting protocols established for all OC schools, which can be found by clicking here.  This includes cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and limiting shared resources and materials.

 

Q: What instruction can we expect for both the online and in-person portions of the hybrid model?

A: In the hybrid model, the students in each classroom are divided into two cohorts and attend school in person two days a week and participate in distance learning three days a week.  In this model, only half the students in a classroom are present at a time.  

 

During the in person days, teachers provide direct instruction and facilitate student collaboration.  During the distance learning days, students complete reading and investigations to prepare for in person instruction as well as practice concepts and skills learned.

 

Q: Will there be mandatory live lessons with online instruction?

A:  No. With the Hybrid model, teachers provide live interaction and engagement during the two days of in-person instruction.  The distance learning days are intended for more independent student work - either to build knowledge and prepare for direct instruction with the teacher during in-person days or to practice and apply concepts after instruction.  However, teachers will have support and assistance available to students during distance learning days.

 

Q: Will there be parity between this academic model and the other models?

A:  Each model will include the same academic standards and curriculum for each grade level and course.  However, just as with traditional school structures, the pacing and instructional activities may differ across models and individual classrooms as each teacher plans daily instruction to best meet the needs of their students.

 

Q: Who will teach and provide support during the online days?

A: In the Hybrid model, the distance learning days are intended for more independent student work - either to build knowledge and prepare for direct instruction with the teacher during in-person days or to practice and apply concepts after instruction.  Teachers will have support and assistance available to students during distance learning days outside the times that they are providing in-person instruction to the other half of the class.

 

Q: Will there be dedicated classrooms for hybrid students?

A: Teachers and students in the hybrid model will have a dedicated classroom similar to traditional instructional models.

 

Q: How will schools track attendance?

A:  Teachers will document daily participation for each student on each school day.  Students who do not participate in the assigned activities for each school day will be considered absent.

 

Q: Will consideration be given to put siblings/twins on the same schedule in the hybrid model?

A: School sites will work directly with families on matters such as this.  More information will be provided to families from their schools in the coming weeks.  

 

Q: Will students participate in PE and other activities such as music, science, art?

A: In the hybrid secondary model, students will have access to physical education and electives including visual and performing arts.  

 

 

BLENDED LEARNING (HIGH SCHOOL)

Q: What is the instruction for Blended Learning (Part-time IVA)?

A: Blended learning refers to a blend between the traditional high school and IUSD’s Virtual Academy.  A student can take classes at the traditional high school to which the student is assigned and additional coursework through the IUSD Virtual Academy.  The student would retain primary enrollment where they are taking the majority of classes  either at their traditional high school or IUSD Virtual Academy. 

Q: Why isn’t the Blended Learning option (Part-time IVA) offered to Middle School students?

A: While we may be able to accommodate some requests for middle schools students to take singleton courses through IUSD’s Virtual Academy, we cannot offer a true blended learning option, because most middle school students don’t have the ability to leave campus for blended learning.   Reducing the number of students on campuses is an important safety consideration in our planning.

Q: If my student selects Blended Learning (Part-time IVA) can they still participate in classes such as orchestra, athletics or other electives not offered in Blended Learning?

A: Students can participate in classes such as athletics, visual/performing arts, and other electives.  Students can also participate in some events at their assigned high school.  Students will need to be eligible to participate in athletics following district and site eligibility guidelines.

Q: If we choose Blended Learning (Part-time IVA) will the teachers be from our same assigned school?

A: This is a district-wide, high school program with staff from many IUSD schools assigned to the program.

Q: How will schools track attendance for Blended Learning (Part-time IVA)?

A:  Teachers will document participation for each student in the same manner as attendance is documented for IUSD Virtual Academy.

 

distance learning

Q: IUSD has stated that Distance Learning and the IUSD Virtual academy will be different from the Emergency Distance Learning in the spring of 2020.  Please explain how these academic options will be different?

A: Both the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) and Distance Learning will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction from highly trained and qualified IUSD teachers and staff.  Teachers in our traditional and hybrid programs will be able to access the curriculum and resources offered through our Virtual Academy.  With the time to plan and learn from our Emergency Distance Learning experience, we can ensure that IVA and Distance Learning will provide tightly structured and standards aligned lessons, with frequent synchronous (live) learning, individualized support, peer-to-peer collaboration, and an infusion of new learning resources. Regardless of the format, IUSD students will receive the rich instruction, support, and connection they need.

 

Q: What is the training IUSD teachers will receive in online instruction for both the IUSD Virtual Academy and Distance Learning (hybrid, traditional and blended models)?

A:  IUSD has developed training specifically to support effective learning and promote student engagement in a virtual environment for both the IUSD Virtual Academy and Distance Learning for the in-person models.  The training includes a focus on strategies to build and maintain relationships with and between students, tools to support live interaction and peer collaboration, and methods for delivering direct instruction in a virtual environment.  This training is part of our Compass professional learning platform and is available to all teachers on demand to support learning needs whenever they arise.

 

Q: Now that it appears all IUSD academic models will start in online learning for the 2020-21 school year, what is the difference between the Florida Virtual curriculum for IVA and the curriculum for distance learning (Hybrid/Traditional/Blended models)?

A:  Both the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) and distance learning will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction from highly trained and qualified IUSD teachers and staff.  The IUSD Virtual Academy utilizes the Florida Virtual curriculum as a foundation and IUSD teachers supplement with additional district instructional materials and teacher created content.  In distance learning, the classroom teacher adapts the normal classroom instruction to a virtual environment so that in person instruction may resume with as little interruption to instruction as possible.  Teachers in our traditional, hybrid and distance learning models will also be able to access the curriculum and resources offered through our Virtual Academy.

 

Q: Why is there a separate curriculum for IVA students and students in Distance Learning (hybrid, traditional and blended models) and will there be parity and the same level of rigor?

A: Although the foundational instructional materials may differ between IVA and classroom distance learning, both programs are aligned to the same essential standards and rigorous learning targets.  All curricular and instructional resources are available for teachers within the IUSD Virtual Academy, traditional, hybrid, or distance learning models to use and share.

 

Q: What is the difference between starting school in the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) versus in-person option?

A: Just as our Virtual Academy will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction, distance learning will also provide tightly structured and standards aligned lessons, with frequent synchronous learning, individualized support, peer-to-peer collaboration, and an infusion of new learning resources. Regardless of the format, IUSD students will receive the rich instruction, support, and connection they need from highly trained and skilled IUSD teachers and staff.

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