High School Schedule
The Virtual PLUS+ model provides teaching and learning for students within virtual classrooms that will teach new content, provide instructional support, build relationships with teachers and staff, and help students stay connected to the school community. At the high school level, the Virtual Plus+ schedule consists of asynchronous and synchronous learning models.
High School Asynchronous Learning Model
Each Monday is a planning day for staff and an asynchronous learning day for students. Administrators and staff will spend the day in school-wide meetings, professional learning, content professional learning communities, and individual planning for weekly instruction. On this day, students will engage in asynchronous learning. On asynchronous learning days, students have flexible and equitable opportunities to complete their learning throughout the day. Asynchronous learning activities will be available on Canvas and will include a variety of activities and instructional resources such as recorded instructional videos, online activities, and online assignments. The needs of students with disabilities will be met in accordance with their IEP requirements in a virtual setting. The high school will meet the needs of EL in a virtual setting through direct services from EL teachers through the general education classroom and in their EAP classes.
High School Synchronous Learning Model
Tuesday through Friday are synchronous learning days with dedicated time for asynchronous learning embedded. High school students will begin their days with asynchronous and synchronous targeted supports as well as time to complete assignments and meet as small groups. Students will follow a schedule that includes a combination of yearlong and semester-long classes. This means students take 4 classes in the fall semester and 4 classes in the spring semester. The synchronous instructional learning model includes 50-60 minute block periods.
The synchronous instruction consists of four classes per semester that will meet Tuesday through Friday. The first block will meet for 60 minutes and will meet all year long. This block of time will be dedicated to a yearlong class that will meet daily and include SEAL lessons. Titan SEAL lessons are social and emotional approaches to learning that allow students to understand the value of emotions, build emotional intelligence, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, make responsible decisions, maintain positive relationships, and create and maintain a positive school climate.
During semester one, students will then have three more classes each day with synchronous instruction for 50 minutes each in blocks 3, 5, and 7. At the conclusion of semester one, students will have fully completed the courses in blocks 3, 5, and 7. Students enrolled in yearlong course(s) will remain in those course(s) during semester two.
During semester two, students will continue their first block class for 60 minutes each day and will have three new synchronous classes in blocks 2, 4, and 6. At the conclusion of the second semester, students will have completed classes in blocks 1, 2, 4, and 6.
Virginia High School League (VHSL) News
The Virginia High School League has announced that the sports season for 2020-21 will not begin until Dec. 14, 2020 to mitigate the chance of spreading COVID-19.
VHSL says the decision was made with the health and safety of student-athletes as a main priority.
All sports will still be played, but in a condensed and altered format with winter sports like basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, and wrestling running from Dec. 14, 2020 through Feb. 20, 2021.
The start of fall sports like cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, and volleyball have been moved to Feb. 15 through May 1, 2021.
Spring sports like baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field will take place April 12 through June 26, 2021.