The Family Choice Form: December 2020

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  • Deadline extended to Friday, Dec. 18

    We are extending the deadline for the Family Choice Form until Friday, Dec. 18. We have not yet heard from everyone and we need to hear from all our families to be able to refine our transition plan to reopen our school buildings for in-person learning.

    You now have until Friday, Dec. 18 to share your choice for either hybrid learning or 100% virtual learning for each of your children enrolled in ACPS.

    Here are your options for completing the Family Choice Form:

    Complete the Family Choice Form in PowerSchool Parent Access.
    See the instructions for completing the form. NOTE: You must use a PowerSchool Parent Access account to complete the form. You cannot access the form through a student’s PowerSchool account. If you need help with setting up or accessing a parent account, see the PowerSchool Parent Access webpage.

     

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    Call the Virtual PLUS+ Helpline, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for help in completing the Family Choice Form:

    English: 703-844-1763

    Spanish: 703-844-3424

    Amharic: 703-927-6866

    Arabic: 703-927-7095

     

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    Call your school front office.

     

    Visit our Completing the Family Choice Form page for help with PowerSchool Parent Access:

     
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About the Family Choice Form


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    Our Family Choice Form will gather information about your preference for either hybrid learning or virtual learning as we continue our preparation for phased return to in-person learning beginning in January 2021, contingent upon staffing, building capacity and community health metrics. In recent weeks, we have provided updates on community health metrics and our staff and building constraints which have caused a delay in our phased reentry of students for in-person learning. This was not an easy decision and we are committed to our continued transition process to prepare for the months ahead which still remain uncertain. To that end, it is important to connect with families at this point in time to gauge  “family choice” to assist us to continue our work to efficiently return students and staff back into our schools once feasible. 

The Hybrid and Virtual PLUS+ Learning Models


  • The 2020-21 school year has been nothing like we have ever experienced, and we are committed to meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students, staff, and families during these most unprecedented times, while at the same time adhering to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). We recognize that given the uncertainty and rapidly changing conditions, we must have instructional plans in place that enable us to move back and forth between hybrid and in-person learning opportunities. Yet, we know that we must offer our families and students a chance to indicate their choice for either hybrid or virtual learning. 

    As we continue to implement our phased reentry plan, we want to be transparent with families about what a return to in-person learning model will look like in comparison to our Virtual PLUS+ model as well as the safety and health protocols. 

       I.  Hybrid Learning Model (Combination of In-Person and Virtual Learning)

    For families/students who choose the hybrid model, instruction will be delivered in person for a minimum of two days per week. While the specific hybrid schedules will be developed once staff intent to return and student enrollment numbers are finalized, an example of a schedule could be:

    • Attending school in person two days per week
    • Participating in virtual synchronous learning two days per week
    • Participating in virtual asynchronous learning one day per week, during teachers’ planning day

    Teachers would continue to use one day each week for collaborative planning, professional learning, and student/family engagement and support. This learning model also includes time for teachers to set aside office hours for families and students to talk with teachers regarding their progress in class, assignments, and virtual learning.

     

    2. Virtual PLUS+ Learning Model

    For families/students who prefer the Virtual PLUS+ option, they choose to remain with the current instructional model, which does not include in-person instruction. Families selecting this model will continue with the same or a similar schedule of synchronous and asynchronous learning, which includes four days each week of virtual instruction and one day of asynchronous learning. 

    Teachers would continue to use one day each week for collaborative planning, professional learning, and student/family engagement and support. This learning model also includes time for teachers to set aside office hours for families and students to talk with teachers regarding their progress in class, assignments, and virtual learning.

    Additional details comparing both models are included in the table below.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Both models are provided as examples and contingent upon health and mitigation safety measures per local and national guidance as well as staff ability, class size, enrollment choices, and building capacity. Also, please be aware that teacher assignments may change based on staff ability. 

Models
  • Phased Reentry Plans
    Hybrid
     
     
    Health and Safety Metrics Related to the Return to In-Person Instruction
    Metrics
     
     
    Planning for the Reopening of Schools: Learning Advisory Team
    Learning Advisory Team
     
     

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  • Once we have gathered all the information needed, we will communicate directly with families to provide their hybrid schedule, if that was the family’s choice, and confirm that this will work for their family. Please know that we are committed to working with families throughout this transition process knowing that circumstances may change and families may need to adjust their choice in the future. However, we ask families to provide a decision based on the information provided with the intent to begin your choice at the designated time for your child’s grade level. We are relying on our partnership with families to make this transition work as smoothly and efficiently as feasible during these unprecedented times. 

    Thank you for completing the Family Choice Form. It is a very important step in our transition process.