Second Trimester Instructional Options FAQs

The survey opens on November 2, 2020, and is due by 11:59 PM on November 6, 2020.

December 8, 2020 – March 11, 2021

For families who are choosing a new option/model for trimester 2, the details will be shared during the week of November 19, 2020.

In most instances, no.  If you believe there is an extenuating circumstance that constitutes an emergency for your family or your child, please contact your school counselor to discuss options.

 

Yes, you will have those options.

 

Some of the reasons for the asynchronous day on Wednesdays are generally applicable to all levels, while others are specific to the elementary schools and are outlined in the elementary FAQ section. 

The asynchronous day provides time for several important activities.  Most importantly, teachers will have a designated time to provide individual instruction or support for students.  This type of individualized instruction is difficult in an on-campus setting where teachers must maintain physical distance. Special education students and those with significant learning needs also receive specific one-on-one services during the asynchronous day specifically at the middle and high school.​  It also allows time for middle school and high school students to work on and collaborate with each other (which also is not possible in a physically distant school setting) on long-term projects.

Teachers at all levels will have a specific schedule to follow that includes a block of time for individual instruction and communication with students and families.  This schedule also includes important activities to support new instructional approaches.  Activities such as collaboration time with department members to share ideas and create consistency with implementation and time to collaborate with District technology coaches or explore other professional development opportunities will be scheduled into this day.

Maintaining at least one asynchronous online day at all levels ensures a smoother transition to a fully online environment should schools close. It is possible that at some point during the year, the entire District would need to return to a fully remote learning model due to increases in COVID transmission. If that should occur, it is important that the teachers and students remain comfortable and confident in using the technology for instruction.  The inclusion of the one asynchronous day allows teachers at all buildings to introduce their students and parents to tools and to practice instruction online prior to a school closure.

Yes. Students in remote setting are able to interact quite well with the on-campus classroom. Students in the classroom can see and hear their remote classmates, and the remote students are able to view the teacher and certain areas of the classroom designated as instructional areas. Remote students can interact with the on-campus classroom and participate in class discussions and activities along with their on-campus peers.  

 

In late October/early November, several teachers at the middle and high school began testing live streaming with their students.  During the month of November, we will include additional teachers.  Through this process, teachers will have time to practice and develop the confidence and skills necessary to provide engaging learning opportunities for our students. All teachers will be provided with general information on how to utilize the tools necessary for live streaming.  They will also have support from the technology coaches who can assist individual teachers in utilizing practices and tools that will best allow for student engagement in their particular subject area when using live streaming.  

What are the elementary learning model options for the second 12-week trimester?

 

The same three models for learning (on-campus hybrid, synchronous online, and asynchronous online) will be available for the second 12-week trimester.

 

On-campus Hybrid: 4-days on campus, 1-day asynchronous which is on Wednesday

 

Synchronous Online: 4-days of live online instruction with a QV teacher, 1-day asynchronous which is on Wednesday

 

Asynchronous Online: Self-paced learning, through an outside vendor, monitored with feedback provided by an online teacher, no set schedule

 

If I select a new model, will my child have a different teacher?

 

At the elementary level, this will require a teacher change. The elementary online teachers will continue online, and the on-campus teachers will continue on-campus. Therefore, a change in model in most circumstances will mean a change in teacher. 

 

If I select to move my child from an online model to an on-campus model, will my child attend the same elementary school (or be assigned based on sending area) as they did previously?

 

It depends on current enrollment.  Due to the need to maintain physical distancing in the classrooms, there may only be space available at the opposite elementary school for students entering the on-campus hybrid model.  Priority will be given to students electing to keep their current model to allow for continuity of instruction.

 

If I select to move my elementary child from the on-campus hybrid model to an online model, will there be space in the synchronous online classrooms with the live teachers?

 

It depends on current enrollment.  There are class-size limits in the online classrooms, just as we typically have for our on-campus classrooms, this ensures that each child’s needs can be met by the teacher and in accordance with teacher contractual obligations.  If online student enrollment is too large, and we cannot move an on-campus teacher to the online program; parents will have to select one of the other two models (on-campus hybrid or asynchronous online). 

 

If enrollment is too large for either the on-campus hybrid model or the synchronous online model, will the District hire additional teachers?

 

There is currently a significant shortage of available certified teachers due to so many schools adding additional staff (QV has added 12 new teachers just for elementary).  The District would first seek to either move a teacher from an online class or an in-person classroom (depending on enrollment) to where the increase is to best be able to staff the learning models since enrollment cannot significantly increase in both models simultaneously. 

 

Will the on-campus learning model move from 4-days of on-campus learning to 5-days of on-campus learning during the next trimester?

 

The asynchronous day is an important component of our elementary 4-day hybrid plan for several reasons:

 

  1. The most important factor is to provide consistent and quality instruction in both the online and on-campus options. To ensure this quality and consistency in instructional experiences, time must be allotted for common planning between the online and on-campus teachers.

   

  1. The asynchronous day is necessary to be able to offer specials classes for online students.  Since there are not separate online teachers for specials classes, the specials teachers must create six asynchronous lessons each week (one for each grade level) that the students complete independently. This lesson is necessary because specials teachers are not able to teach the online students in a live Zoom session when they are teaching the on-campus students all day.  If the asynchronous days were eliminated, we would not be able to offer all of the specials classes to the online students.

What are the MS/HS learning model options for the second 12-week trimester? 

The same three models for learning (on-campus hybrid, synchronous online, and asynchronous online) will be available for the second 12-week trimester.  However, there will be modifications to how these models operate and are delivered. They include the following:

 

On-Campus Hybrid:  This model will now move from 1 day on campus to 2 days on campus.  Students with the last names beginning with A-L (current Thursday group) will now attend on-campus on Monday and Thursday.  The students with the last names beginning with M-Z (current Friday group) will now attend on-campus on Tuesday and Friday.  Wednesday will be an asynchronous learning day for all students.  When students are not attending on-campus, they will log onto Zoom and the classes will be delivered via a live stream feed from the classroom.  Students at home will see the teacher/board/screen/ (depending on camera angle and tools selected by the teacher throughout the lesson) and have an opportunity to interact with the students who are in the classroom. 

 

Synchronous Online:  These students will log onto Zoom on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and the classes will be delivered via a live stream feed from the classroom. Wednesday will be asynchronous for all students. Students at home will see the teacher/board/screen/class (depending on camera angle and tools selected by the teacher throughout the lesson) and have an opportunity to interact with the students who are in the classroom. 

 

Asynchronous Online: Self-paced learning, through an outside vendor, monitored with feedback provided by an online teacher, with no set schedule.

  

If I select a new model, will my child have a different schedule?

 

No.  MS/HS students will keep and follow their current schedules regardless of the model selected.  If an asynchronous Quaker Valley Online Academy (QVOA) student selects a different model, they will work with a school counselor to create a schedule.

 

 

Why didn’t the district begin with live streaming and a two-day hybrid for the secondary schools?  Why is it now a better option than what we currently have? 

 

Live streaming is the best option we have that allows us to move to having more in-person days for MS/HS, and we know that is a value for our community. While we believe it is better than having several days of asynchronous instruction, we understand there is a trade-off as it can be challenging to engage both the on-campus and online students simultaneously.  However, as our teachers have become more proficient at using the technology tools available to them, we believe it will be more effective than it would have been at the beginning of the school year.

           

 

Will the District increase the number of on-campus days during this second trimester?

 

The current plan is to move from a 1-day per week on-campus experience to a 2-day per week on-campus experience.  This still allows the students to attend school at no more than 50% of the student enrollment capacity.  To add more days, all students who select the on-campus option would need to attend on every on-campus day.  At present, neither the middle school, nor the high school can accommodate that number of students and maintain 6ft of physical distancing in most classrooms.  The high school has significant limitations both in the size of the rooms and hallways, as well as a lack of large instruction spaces (e.g. LGI, SGI, flexible auditorium, auxiliary gym) to serve as secondary lunch rooms.  Should the District determine that less than 6ft of distancing in classrooms is safe and acceptable, the middle school would be the first school to be considered for more on-campus days.