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DCS Virtual School Options & FAQ’s

In response to COVID-19, Decatur City Schools is expanding its virtual school to include all students in grades K-12. This fall we will have the ability to provide in-person instruction, but also transition to virtual instruction should outbreaks occur. District decisions will be made with input from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama State Department of Education.


We also realize during these uncertain times, that families might want more control regarding in-person or virtual school. In an effort to accommodate the needs of our families, we would like to gauge the level of interest in various virtual school offerings: 


Are you interested in any of the virtual school options listed below for the 2020-21 school year? Please respond by June 30.

Yes

No


Elementary and Middle students (K-8) virtual options:

  • Virtual school all year
    1. Students must complete assignments. Grades will be taken and recorded  (Pass/Fail will not be a grading option).
    2. Students may participate in sports and extracurricular activities, but on-campus attendance for a class may be required (i.e. band, chorus, athletic/PE)
    3. Students are required to take State and District assessments (some assessments may be administered on campus with social distancing guidelines followed)
    4. Transportation will not be provided
    5. Limited tutoring will be provided from virtual school teachers
  1. Flexible - This option is primarily for families who have temporary concerns about attending in-person due to COVID-19. Each student will be assigned to a specific physical class as well as a virtual teacher. Each student may elect to move from in-person to virtual or vice-versa in four-week increments.
    1. Students must complete assignments. Grades will be taken and recorded (Pass/Fail will not be a grading option)
    2. Students may participate in sports and extracurricular activities, but on-campus attendance for a class may be required (i.e. band, chorus, athletic
    3. Students are required to take State and District assessments (some assessments may be administered on campus with social distancing guidelines followed)
    4. Transportation will be provided when students are attending in-person (regular bus routes only)
    5. Students’ classroom teachers will include them in some classroom lessons. A virtual school teacher will be available also for limited tutoring.


Secondary students (9-12) virtual options:

  • Virtual school all year
  1. Students must complete assignments. Grades will be taken and recorded. Core courses must be successfully completed for graduation candidacy.  (Pass/Fail will not be a grading option).
  2. Students may participate in career tech, sports and extracurricular activities, but on-campus attendance for a class may be required (i.e. band, chorus, athletic/PE, welding)
  3. Students are required to take State and District assessments (some assessments may be administered on campus with social distancing guidelines followed)
  4. Transportation will not be provided
  5. Limited tutoring will be provided from virtual school teachers
  1. 2. Blended (High school only) - Students may simultaneously take courses on-campus and virtually.
  1. Students must complete assignments. Grades will be taken and recorded. Core courses must be successfully completed for graduation candidacy.  (Pass/Fail will not be a grading option).
  2. Students may participate in career tech, sports and extracurricular activities, but on-campus attendance for a class may be required (i.e. band, chorus, athletic/PE, welding)
  3. Students are required to take State and District assessments (some assessments may be administered on campus with social distancing guidelines followed)
  4. Transportation is provided in morning and afternoon only on regular bus routes
  5. Limited tutoring from virtual school teachers for virtual classes






FAQ’s for Virtual School


How will my student be graded?

Grades will be taken and recorded just like in-person school. Students must make adequate progress to remain in the program. Each student will be evaluated regularly for attendance and academic progress (C average).


Can my student participate in career tech, sports, electives, and extracurricular activities?

Yes! On-campus attendance may be required for some classes. For instance, if a coach/band director/sponsor requires a class, the student will have to be in physical attendance for that class in order to participate in the sport/activity. 


What if all schools are forced to go to virtual instruction due to COVID-19?

Decatur City Schools is prepared for the possibility that the entire district will need to close for the safety of our students and staff. We have a plan to continue to provide quality education in the event that Coronavirus causes us to close our buildings. Even students that are not enrolled in a virtual school option will receive virtual classwork during a potential district campus shut down.


Do I have the option in the middle of the year to transition to virtual school?

Yes! The Flexible option for K-8 students is available and they will be allowed to move from in-person to virtual school in 4 week increments. DCS is committed to working with parents to make sure they are comfortable with the education plan for their students throughout the year. We know that circumstances can change during this pandemic and we want to accommodate our parents as much as possible.


Will my student be provided regular school resources when enrolled in virtual school?

Transportation - Students who choose Blended or Flexible options and are attending on-campus classes will be provided transportation on regular bus routes

Technology - All students K-12 will be issued a device. That device can be used for in-person and virtual assignments and courses.

Food - Virtual, Blended, and Flexible option students who need lunch may contact the school to make arrangements


Are all classes offered in a virtual school format?

All K-8 classes are offered virtually. Most high school (9-12) courses are offered virtually but there are some that require hands-on activities and those will only be offered in-person. Please check with your guidance counselor for clarification.


What kind of teacher/tutoring support will my student receive while participating in virtual school?

The amount of teacher support would be based on which option you choose. Full virtual and blended students will receive limited teacher support from DCS virtual school teachers. Students who choose the Flexible option will receive limited support from the virtual teacher and their classroom teacher.