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Overall Plan FAQs
What are the options for parents if they do not want their child to return to a building this fall?
Parents who do not wish to have their child attend school face-to-face will have the option of choosing to enroll their child into a Virtual Classroom model for the first semester. This can be an individual decision for each child in the family. For example, a parent may choose the face-to-face model for their 3rd grader and/or choose the Virtual Classroom for their 9th grader.
Will families have the option of changing their child’s placement from face-to-face to virtual classroom or vice versa at any point during the year?
If a parent determines that the face-to-face model is not working for their child, they will need to request a transfer to the Virtual Classroom model for the remainder of the semester. This will be done on a case by case basis and could be limited by enrollment and staffing ratios in the Virtual Classroom model.
How should parents notify their child’s school if they want to attend face-to-face or virtually for the 2020-21 school year?
Parents will receive information directly from the district regarding how to register for face-to-face or the Virtual Classroom.
Will newly registering families have the option of selecting between online and face-to-face instruction?
Yes, however elementary students may be placed in a building other than their home school due to grade level capacity.
Will teachers and students be assigned to different schools under this model (virtually or face-to-face)?
Students who attend the virtual classroom will be assigned or rostered with a teacher who will instruct the virtual classroom.
How are virtual classroom instruction and face-to-face instructional programs similar and different?
Students in both models will receive engaging instruction from a Sycamore teacher utilizing the same curricular materials in both the face-to-face and virtual classroom models..
If a family does not indicate their preference for face-to-face or online learning by the deadline, what will happen?
Parents who do not indicate their preference by the deadline will be contacted by the school administration to assist with any technical difficulties or other barriers to completion of the process.
What should a family do if they do not know their child’s Student ID number to fill out the intent forms?
Parents may contact the school secretary for assistance with Student ID #s.
Will teachers be expected to teach both in-class students and remote?
Every effort will be made to ensure teachers do not have to teach in both the face-to-face and virtual classroom models.
Will there be any changes to the 2020-21 student and/or staff calendar?
The Board of Education approved revisions to the 2020-21 calendar which includes a delay to the start of the school year. September 8 will be the first day of school for all students. It will also be the first day of school for students in the virtual classroom setting.
Grades K-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, and Grades 9 and 12 students in the in-person option will enter our hallways on either September 3 or 4. Half of each will attend on each of those days to ease the transition to school.