Alamo City School Re-Opening Framework
10 days ago
To the Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff of Alamo City School,
Welcome Back!! We cannot wait to see each and every one of you!
The Alamo City School District is working with local, state and federal health and safety agencies in response to the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. Our District’s planned return for the 2020-2021 school year is termed as Forward Together 20-21. We have spent many weeks meeting, planning, listening, reviewing and evaluating local, state and federal health recommendations. It is important that everyone in our school family take all necessary steps to reduce transmission of this virus.
Alamo City School strives to nurture, support and educate all children. We proudly serve the students and families from a variety of backgrounds, cultural experiences and faiths. We want our children, their families and our staff members to feel safe in our schools and community. While we are planning for the majority of students to return to our buildings, we understand there will be those who are unable to return and may decide to use our ACS Online Program option when school starts.
We developed our Forward Together 20-21 plan to provide PK-6th grade students, parents, and staff guidance around policies, practices, and strategies that we must implement and recommendations to optimize education, while promoting health and safety throughout the school year. Our plan is based on best practice guidance and information from local, state and federal agencies. Due to the nature of COVID-19, our plan is continually changing as we work closely to ensure our policies, procedures and protocols align with the most current information and Crockett County data about COVID-19. It is expected that these plans will need to be re-evaluated and adjusted as necessary.
Our Forward Together 20-21 will begin on August 24th for those students who feel comfortable starting back in-person. In order to provide distancing and other safety precautions, ACS will begin the 2020-21 school year in Scenario 3 for the first two weeks, then transition to Scenario 2, taking the current local and state health guidelines and CDC recommendations into consideration. The following schedule will be followed beginning August 24th through September 4th. Teachers will be notifying parents of the student assignments to groups A & B for the initial two weeks.
As we move forward toward a better future together, we are committed to ensuring all students, families and staff feel safe, valued and connected to our school family. Our plan will provide guidance on Scenario plans 1,2,3,4 and 4* and what they will mean for instruction, Special Education Services, English Language Learners, environment and transportation.
In all scenarios of the plan, the health and safety of our students and staff are a top priority and the opening of school will be done in consultation with our partners in public health. As you will see towards the end of the plan, we will prepare for the possibility of transition between scenarios throughout the school year based on positive CODID-19 cases in our community.
Thank you for trusting us with your children. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work together to return to ACS.
Reecha Goode Black
Director of Schools
ACS Online Program Information
10 days ago
ACS ONLINE PROGRAM
If you child suffers from health issues and needs to be at home for safety issues, our ACS Online Program will be offered to accommodate your situation. If you are one of these families, you may opt into ACS Online Program with Edmentum/Calvert Learning Platform. ACS will share more information and host parent meetings in the coming weeks for families that would like more information about ACS Online Program. If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in our VACS Online Program, please fill out the form linked below and email the completed form to VirtualLearning@alamoschool.org by the advertised deadline to reserve your seat. Once this form is received, you will be contacted by a school representative with more information.
Students who opt into ACS Online Program must stay in the program for an entire 9-week grading period. You may not re-enter into another district learning model until the first 9-week grading period is complete. The Supervising Parent/Guardian must complete and return the Supervising Parent/Guardian Commitment for ACS Online Program form before admission to the ACS Online Program option.
Students enrolled in ACS Online Program will have access to the following:
· An iPad/Chromebook
· State of Tennessee Academic Standards
· Instructional support by a certified teacher through Edmentum/Calvert Learning.
· Utilization of a learning platform (Edmentum/Calvert Learning for Grades 1-6)
The learning platform students in ACS Online Program will utilize is Edmentum/Calvert Learning. ACS is contracting with this comprehensive service so students enrolled in ACS Online Program will still receive access to rigorous Tennessee state standards while being connected to a certified teacher.
ACS Online Program Learning Expectations
Digital learning classes offered online provide an alternative to F2F classes and can be beneficial for students for various reasons. However, not all students find online classes to be the best fit for them. Please note that the younger the student, the more support is needed from families at home. Students who are the most successful in online classes have independent time management skills, self-discipline, adult support from home, and are willing to seek additional help for themselves as age appropriate.
- Actively engage in the learning platform daily.
- Stay on track with the assignment schedule.
- Meet assignment deadlines.
- Seek help immediately if they are experiencing technical difficulties.
- Attend required in-person testing sessions at their base school.
- Adhere to all requirements in the ACS Acceptable Use Policy.
Families play a significant role in the successful online learning of the student. Depending on the age of the child, some students will be able to work independently through online coursework and assignments, while others will need more support. Below is some information to help your student be successful in this new learning environment.
- Grades - Check grades and progress regularly through the online platform.
- Communication - Communicate with your student’s teacher(s) via email. Teachers facilitating Edmentum/Calvert Learning will also have office hours online for additional help.
- Support– Even though the delivery method is different in an online environment, the intended outcome of student learning is the same. Please ensure academic integrity by appropriately assisting your student with their assignments and activities.
- Progress - We encourage families to become familiar with the online platform and learning management system within your child’s account. This is the best way to stay updated on classroom work, progress, and achievement. See “A Day in the Life of K-6th Student”
ACS Online Program Attendance Expectations
Students will be expected to complete online coursework daily and students must make daily progress toward passing their courses. Attendance will be taken every day for each course and students will be expected to submit assignments and work on regularly scheduled KCS school days. Students participating in the ACS Online Program are considered KCS students and will remain enrolled in their base school. Daily participation is required in the RCL2020. Daily attendance is noted through student participation in the online platform and in scheduled virtual meetings with the teacher(s). Student attendance in online learning is required by the State of Tennessee in all grades, classes, and courses. As of June 22, 2020, the expectation for remote learning from the State of Tennessee is that kindergarten students spend about 4 hours per day engaged in their courses and that students in grades 1 - 12 spend about 6.5 hours per day engaged in their courses. Note that level of engagement does not equate to hours and hours of screen time.
ACS Online Program Probation or Dismissal
Alamo City Schools reserves the right to remove a student from ACS Online Program for reasons not limited to lack of attendance, Acceptable Use Policy violation, Laptop Use Agreement violation, plagiarism/academic misconduct, etc. Families will be notified in writing of the intent to remove the digital learning choice. If the student does not return to ACS for in-person learning or register as a homeschooled student within 15 days of the written notification, the student may be considered truant and referred to court.
In order to minimize exposure for families who have chosen the ACS Online Program platform due to health concerns, extracurricular activities will not be available for students on this track.