Questions regarding Academics:

Some questions may be combined when the topic is the same.

When will parents and students find out what Hybrid group they are in, as well as their student’s schedules?
Families will know which Hybrid group they are placed in on August 14. On August 14, elementary students will also know their teachers. At this time, secondary schedules will still be in development. Parents can access this information on Infinite Campus on this date.

 

Can a parent choose to switch between learning models at any point?
Remote Learning: Unless a student’s personal health circumstances change in a meaningful way after the deadline for submission of the Remote Learning form (e.g. a student is diagnosed with a health condition that makes learning from home a better learning environment), the district will not be able to honor requests to select the “remote only” option after the deadline for submitting this form has passed. In the same way, the district will not be able to honor requests to select to attend school after the deadline has passed. Unless you select remote learning, all other students will follow the district’s learning model. These learning models may change based on current public health conditions.

 

With the hybrid model, will siblings at the same school and different schools be grouped on the same schedule? Will families be able to synch with another family to coordinate care for remote learning days?
Two groups of students will be created that will both honor household relationships and balance transportation needs. You should expect that all the students in your family to attend on the same days, regardless which building they attend. We are working with Durham School Services to make sure the groups allow for efficient and safe transportation.

 

In a hybrid learning plan, will K-5 students be required to log on at certain times during remote days, or can a schedule for doing work be set based on parent availability to support? How much parental support (reading, instructions, etc.) will be needed for remote days for K-5?
Students will not be required to log on at certain times on offsite days. Teachers will be working with the opposite group during the school day so the learning activities for offsite days will be done at any time (asynchronous).

 

My child has an IEP. If we choose remote learning, how many hours of screen time per day will be required with the teachers?
IEP teams will be meeting to ensure learning meets the needs of individual students. We encourage you to discuss these issues in your meeting with that team.

 

What does the remote learning daily schedule look like? How much learning will be interactive with a teacher and other students and how much will be independent/asynchronous work?

You can find sample schedules for every grade level on page 2 of the Required Continuous Learning Model. You can find this document, as well as descriptions of all of the proposed learning models, on page 8 of the Return to Learn Plan.

 

Why isn’t Pay to Ride available at this time?
We have not opened the pay to ride process because the district needs to determine availability on buses for students who qualify per Iowa Code. In order to social distance on a bus, seating will be limited. We will revisit pay to ride as soon as initial bus routing and capacity is determined.

 

Can we choose to allow our children to sit with a friend on the bus?
In order to prepare plans for all students, we will not be able to accommodate these requests.

 

If I sign up for virtual learning and decide later that I would like to switch to the hybrid, can I do so?
Unless a student’s personal health circumstances change in a meaningful way after the deadline for submission of the Remote Learning form (e.g. a student is diagnosed with a health condition that makes learning from home a better learning environment), the district will not be able to honor requests to select the “remote only” option after the deadline for submitting this form has passed. In the same way, the district will not be able to honor requests to select to attend school after the deadline has passed.

 

Will the schools be providing chrome books for all students?
Yes. See Technology on page 19. The district will ensure that all students and staff have access to a working device.

 

What will the Before and After School Program be doing to assist during this time?
Please see the Before and After School section of the Return to Learn plan on page 17.

 

How will holidays work with the hybrid model?
The school calendar will stay the same and can be found on page 7.

 

Is the hybrid learning model temporary? Will the kids go back full time in a few weeks if health circumstances are improving?
They Hybrid Learning model was approved for August 24 – October 2. The board intends to determine the next anticipated phase of the model no later than the September 8 school board meeting.

 

Have you considered changing to full year schooling?
At this time, we have not consider year-round school.

 

How does Governor Reynold's 7/30 announcement affect the availability of the remote option for the first semester
It does not impact our plans. The Governor’s proclamation from July 17 indicated that parents should have the opportunity to choose a remote learning option for their family. The July 30 press conference was regarding school district implementing remote learning for the entire district. Those requests must be submitted to the state for approval. However, it is still the case that parents can choose, as we have done in Ankeny.

 

Who should our student ask when they have questions?
This depends on the nature of the question. Some sources for students are outlined under Student and Family Roles and Responsibilities on page 2 of the Required Continuous Learning document and on page 4 of the Hybrid Learning Model document.

 

Will childcare be provided on days when a student’s group does not attend?
No. We have compiled a list of resources to support families in identifying child care options that can be found here.  

 

Will middle school and high school students be moving from class to class?
Students will follow their schedule.

 

How will we make sure that no child is left behind if they are not attending in person?
This is the work that our teachers engage in every year. Teachers will work with individual students and families to address learning needs.

 

Will school hours be the same as in previous years?
You can find start times for all grade and building levels in the Return to Learn plan. For the Hybrid Learning model, you can find these on page 2 of the document. For the Required Continuous Learning model, you can find these on page 4.

 

Will staff and substitute teachers be engaging in additional safety training?
The district knows employees need information and training to carry out new and changing
responsibilities. Human Resources will work with Operations, AST, and building-level Health Response Teams to ensure relevant staff have access to the training they need to successfully and safely complete their work. This training began with the requirement that all employees working in district facilities this summer complete a coronavirus prevention course in SafeSchools. As we Return to Learn, all staff who have not yet completed this course will be required to do so.

 

What will the Hybrid Schedule look like?
The final Hybrid Schedule has been approved and can be found here.  

 

What will specials look like for students?
Elementary students will attend specials each day they are on site, similar to a traditional school model. Students will participate in PE, art, music, technology, guidance, and 5th grade band following social distancing and safety guidelines. Students will have the opportunity to experience all five specials over a two-week period. Cleaning of furniture, supplies, and equipment will take place between classes. Specials may be shortened on Wednesday to accommodate for the shorter school day.

 

How will classes, such as science, that require labs be handled in the Required Continuous Learning model?
Some labs may be adjusted. Others might be simulated. Some might be anchored in data analysis while others might use common materials typically found in homes.