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Virtual School

The SGFCSD ReImagining Schools plan is considering offering families the option of full-time online instruction as a replacement to in-person instruction within the SGFCSD school buildings. Please note that this model is not yet confirmed but is being discussed as a possible option. The decision to participate in this model would be based primarily on concerns about the potential for virus exposure with attendance at a school site. This option may be available for any student with the commitment to continue full-time online instruction for one trimester at the elementary level and a semester at the secondary level. If health conditions improve that would allow SGFCSD to resume in-person instruction for all students, the district would reassess its operating status and any additional options for families at that time. The deadline to register is Aug. 7, 2020.

Register for Virtual School

Family and Student Commitments

If interested in the Virtual School option, families should be prepared to support their child’s active participation in all online learning. Daily attendance would be required. Adequate space and materials would be necessary for daily online instruction along with a district-issued Chromebook. If applicable, families without strong broadband connectivity can request school assistance to provide a hotspot for internet service, as needed. Students would need to follow the established daily learning schedule, meet deadlines and participate in all real-time virtual lessons.

Schedules

The Virtual School model would involve four days per week of teacher-directed, synchronous, or real-time, instruction. One day per week students would participate in independent online learning. Certain students may be identified to receive additional intervention or specialized instruction which will be provided virtually during the independent learning day to meet their program needs, such as IEP goals. Individual schedules for online instruction would be finalized and communicated in late August 2020.

  • Elementary School: At the elementary level, SGFCSD staff would provide synchronous, or real-time, instruction (whole group, small group, and individual for a specific amount of time each day. SGFCSD staff would also provide specialized instruction, as needed, such as ENL or special education services. The amount of special education service will be determined by IEP teams. Consideration would be given to individualized student needs. Elementary students would have opportunities to participate in asynchronous or independent choice activities each day to practice skills and extend their learning away from a computer screen.
  • Middle and High School: Schedules would vary depending on assigned courses and would align to the base school whenever possible. Courses would follow a block schedule four days a week. Students would work independently or with a teacher for direct interventions or support during the one day of the week of independent learning.

Curriculum

All courses necessary to fulfill NYS Next Generation Standards of Learning and graduation requirements would be guaranteed for students. However, at the high school level, it is not certain that students would be able to participate in all courses they originally selected, including electives, honors sections and special programs. Families should recognize that full-time online instruction may not be able to support some specialized programs and course offerings that would otherwise be available to enhance student options and experiences, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and certain career and technical education (CTE) and fine arts electives.

Specific course offerings would be dependent on matching student course requests to teacher availability.

Elementary and middle school curriculum would include instruction in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health and physical education, etc. High school curriculum would vary based on course enrollment, with students having the opportunity to access core and elective courses necessary to fulfill graduation requirements.

To the extent possible, SGFCSD Virtual School students would be served by dedicated online SGFCSD teachers in a cohort model with other students from the district. Courses would be taught using online platforms and digital curriculum resources along with synchronous, or virtual/real-time learning, direct instruction and support from an online SGFCSD teacher. When a cohort model cannot be established for a course or grade level, a hybrid model may be leveraged, in which staff support a combination of in-person and online learners using blended learning strategies and digital resources.