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Sylacauga City Schools release reopening plan options

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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Saturday, Sylacauga City Schools released options re-opening schools.

In a memo, officials stated a video will be released on social media on Monday, July 20 “further explaining the options, how to make a selection for learning options, and information about registration.”

Option A: Traditional School, On-Campus Learning

The student reports to school daily.  If a student has to be out due to quarantine or if a campus has to temporarily close due to COVID-19, the student switches to short-term blended learning and returns to campus when healthy.

  • On-campus
  • Quality in-person instruction delivered by a teacher from his/her school
  • Classrooms socially distanced to the best extent possible
  • Wear masks in accordance with public health orders
  • Strategies in place to mitigate the spread of virus
  • If the student has to switch to blended:
    • Remains in the same class with the same teacher(s)
    • Participates virtually (assignments graded)
    • Returns to school when healthy/when school reopens

Option B: Aggie Blended Academy

The student participates in traditional class schedule from home during the school day.  Instruction is provided from Sylacauga City Schools staff.

  • Students will follow traditional school day from home at the times indicated on their class schedule
  • Students will login at a scheduled time for each class and breaks will be provided throughout the day
  • Each school’s blended model will vary based on grade level and learning objectives
  • Depending on the school and class, there could be students physically in the class and other students joining remotely at the same time
  • Quality, virtual instruction administered by SCS teachers during designated school hours
  • Student learning from home may still participate in athletics or select electives/activities but must attend scheduled classes at their school (for example, athletes must attend Strength and Conditioning class on campus or band members must attend on-campus course and participate in practice after school)
  • Students must participate in all classroom tests (as required by the teacher) and state standardized assessments in the classroom as scheduled by the principal
  • Parent and student must sign an agreement at the school level to participate in this option

Option C: Aggie Virtual Academy

The student participates in all courses using one of our virtual platforms.

  • Courses online using Alabama State Department of Education approved curriculum
  • Students expected to work independently and take ownership of their learning
  • Assignments and tests will be graded and students will receive progress feedback from school administrators
  • Elective and advanced options may be limited
  • Students must participate in school-wide and state standardized assessments on campus
  • Students learning through our virtual program may still participate in athletics or select electives/activities, but must attend scheduled classes (for example, athletes must attend Strength and Conditioning class on campus or band members must attend on-campus course and participate in practice after school)
  • Parent and student must sign an agreement at the school level to participate in this option

Things to consider when deciding on traditional versus online options for your child:

  • Do you have a reliable internet connection? If not, you would choose traditional.
  • Virtual options will be standards-based, rigorous and graded; very different from the basic instruction offered at the end of last school year. Can your child adapt to this rigor?
  • Can your child follow routines from home? Do they need structure and routines?
  • How did your child do at home during the spring? Were they able to adjust to learning from home and focus on their schoolwork?
  • Is your child social and prefers to be around his/her peers?
  • Does your child have specific learning needs such as an RTI plan, IEP, or 504?

For more information on Sylacauga City Schools, visit its website.

 


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