Options to start school August 24th for families:
Full In-Person OnSite Instruction: The delivery of instruction and grading for in-person learning will be conducted as it has been in the past, with the addition of many safety and prevention measures in place to provide the safest possible learning experience for students and staff. Regular class rosters and attendance schedules. Bus routes will remain the same with additional cleaning and mitigation measures for passengers during travel.
Virtual School: If families are not comfortable sending their student to school, there will be an option to select a required online learning program for students to continue their education. Virtual learning will include courses which feature rigorous, standards-based instruction; powerful interactive tools that support learning; and engaging multimedia and real-world applications that help ensure students build content knowledge and essential skills. Online education for families not wishing to attend in person will be delivered via the Edgenuity online learning platform.
Homeschool: For families wishing to guide their children’s learning, we offer a homeschool assistance program. We have qualified teaching staff who will support and encourage families throughout the year. Program offerings at both the elementary and secondary levels include gym times and field trips. Families who are enrolled in the HSAP have the option for dual-enrollment. This would allow students to take advantage of classes and activities offered through the public school. Students would take those classes or participate in activities.
Options for school if COVID prevents full in-person learning:
Continuous distance learning: Should the COVID-19 situation force another disruption to in-person learning in the future, the district will move to deliver education to students via a continuous learning model. In a continuous learning model, Vinton-Shellsburg teachers will utilize learning management tools (SeeSaw, Google Classroom, and Canvas) to facilitate coursework, assignments, and teacher interactions. Zoom, the video conferencing tool will be used to support synchronous (live) class interactions and lessons. much of the learning delivery will be delivered in a largely asynchronous (anytime/anywhere) format that allows students to complete school work at the time of the day it is most possible for students to achieve.
A hybrid learning model in which students attend school in person for some time during the week and participate in on-line learning on the days they are not in school in-person. This would allow for a reduced number of students to be in buildings while providing a combination of on-site and continuous learning. In the hybrid model, instruction will be delivered using a combination of traditional in-person teaching methods and continuous learning strategies. Students report to school for in-person learning two days per week with virtual learning the remaining days. As an example, one group of students might report to school Monday and Tuesday while the other group would report to school Thursday and Friday. Virtual learning should occur for the remaining time. Teachers would also be provided time during the week for planning and professional development. Deep cleaning would be completed on the weekends and between each student group.
*If a school closure were to occur the virtual school and homeschool programs would continue on without change.