CHANGES TO VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

The Smackover-Norphlet School District is making changes to its Ready for Learning Plan.  The Virtual Seat in the Classroom Plan will be replaced by the Virtual Classroom Plan at the beginning of the second nine weeks (November 2, 2020).  Please read all of the information below regarding the changes.

OPTIONS

Parents of students who chose the Virtual Seat in the Classroom option during the first nine weeks will be required to choose between the following two options prior to the beginning of the second nine weeks:

On-Campus InstructionVirtual Classroom
  Students will engage in direct face-to-face instruction with classroom teacher(s) which is supplemented with blended learning using online resources including Google Classroom, Khan Academy, and other digital content as determined by the classroom teacher.    Students who must quarantine for a designated time period will be allowed to utilize a Virtual Seat in the Classroom with recorded lessons and return to on-campus instruction immediately after the student’s quarantine is lifted.    Students will use a 100% online curriculum through Lincoln Learning and/or ICEV * based on the student’s current course schedule.   Students will be able to contact their teacher of record via email to request support for an instructional need.  The teacher of record will respond to the email within 24 business hours. Students will be expected to complete and submit online assignments remotely.  Attendance and grades will be assigned based on mastery of assignments and completion of required assignments. Parents/guardians choosing this option will sign an agreement identifying student responsibilities, parent/guardian responsibilities, and school district responsibilities.    *The district has selected a handful of high school courses which will be recorded daily for enrolled students.  These are courses which do not have digital content available.  Students will be expected to complete and submit online assignments remotely for these courses using the deadline established by the teacher.  

CHOOSING AN OPTION

On-Campus InstructionVirtual Classroom
  If your student will be returning to on-campus instruction, the parent/guardian will need to contact the assistant principal of the campus in which the student attends.   A transition conference will be scheduled and held with the parent/guardian before the student is returned to on-campus instruction.    Parents/guardians will attend a parent meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at 6 pm at Hobgood Auditorium.   Parents/guardians will sign an updated Virtual Classroom Agreement.    

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is the Virtual Seat in the Classroom (VSC) option being changed to the Virtual Classroom (VC) option?

The Smackover-Norphlet School District considered a number of issues prior to making this change:

  1. Over 75% of students enrolled in VSC had a D or an F at interim progress reports. 
  2. The burden on classroom teachers to instruct on-campus students and VSC students simultaneously is not sustainable.
  3. The new VC option allows VC students to work at their own pace and submit assignments when the student is ready.
  4. The new VC option does not require near the amount of bandwidth for families so technology issues should decrease.
  5. The new VC option will give greater flexibility to VC students as to how long a student must sit in front of a computer at a given time.
  6. The new VC option will provide more consistency for VC students with curriculum, including knowing which assignments need to be submitted, and eliminates issues which have arisen when classroom teachers needed substitute teachers.

Can a student enrolled in virtual instruction be retained?

The Smackover-Norphlet School District will follow its promotion and retention policy when considering the grade placement for students for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The policy is included at the end of this document.

What is the deadline for notifying my student’s campus of my decision for the second nine weeks?

  • Return to on-campus instruction – Notify assistant principal at student’s campus no later than Friday, October 23, at 3 pm.  A transition conference will be scheduled for the week of October 26 – 30, 2020.
  • Virtual Classroom – Return Virtual Classroom Agreement to assistant principal at student’s campus no later than Friday, October 23, at 3 pm.  This will allow the school enough time to get all coursework upload into the LMS for the student to begin VC on November 2.

If my student will be changing back to on-campus instruction, do I have to wait until the end of the nine weeks?

No, your student is welcome to come back sooner than the end of the first nine weeks.  Before your child can return to campus, contact the assistant principal on your student’s campus and request a transition conference to occur as soon as possible.

How will grades be assigned to students who are enrolled in Virtual Classroom? 

Each semester, students will be given a set of lessons to complete.  Embedded in these lessons are assignments which students are expected to complete and submit throughout the semester.  These assignments will be graded for accuracy.  Missing assignments will be scored as 0s.

How will attendance be taken?

Attendance will be determined based on the quantity of the work submitted by the student. 

Will my high school student receive graduation credit for classes taken through the Virtual Classroom (VC)?

Yes.  The nine weeks grades will be used to determine if a student receives credit for the course and will be counted as part of the student’s overall GPA.  If a student has passing grades for the semester, then he or she will receive graduation credit.  If a student does not have passing grades for the semester, the he or she will not receive graduation credit and may be required to retake the course depending on graduation requirements.

Will my student still be responsible for taking state-required assessments if the Virtual Classroom (VC) option is chosen?

Yes.  All VC students will be contacted regarding a testing schedule for state-required assessments.

Will my middle school or high school student be eligible to participate in athletics, band, choir, etc. if enrolled in Virtual Classroom (VC)?

Yes, eligible middle school and high school students will still be able to participate in athletics, band, and choir. 

As a reminder, students who do not have appropriate grades or GPA will be deemed ineligible to participate in accordance with AAA guidelines.

If I choose Virtual Classroom (VC) for the second nine weeks, can I later choose for my student to return to on-campus instruction if VC is not meeting the academic needs?

Yes, contact the assistant principal at your student’s campus to schedule a transition conference to return to on-campus instruction. 

My student currently receives therapy or services online.  Will this change if my student changes to Virtual Classroom?

The Smackover-Norphlet School District will not make any changes to a student’s therapy or services without first scheduling a placement conference.

If my student is having problems, how can they get help from their teacher?

Students will be able to contact their teacher of record via email to request support for an instructional need.  The teacher of record will respond to the email within 24 business hours.

OUR THANKS AND APPRECIATION

Thank you for your flexibility as we make the necessary adjustments during this time.  We appreciate your patience and partnership to make this a good educational experience for our students. 

The Smackover-Norphlet School District will continue to monitor, evaluate, and adjust each nine weeks as we implement the virtual instruction model this year.

For a PDF version of the updated plan which includes the district’s retention policy, please click on the link below.

VC_Plan