Dear NAFCS Families—
We are excited to announce the plan for opening school for the 2020-2021 school year.
We will be opening our school buildings for the 2020-2021 school year, with families having the choice to participate in virtual options instead of in-person classes. The first day of school is Aug. 12 for both options. Things will be different this year than in years past. On these webpages, we outline all of our changes, from our cleaning procedures to prevention measures and more. This plan was developed with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), IN-CLASS document from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and the Floyd County Health Department. However, with new information continually being learned about COVID-19, things may change after publication. Any future changes will be announced on our website (nafcs.org) and on our social media platforms. Changes will be noted in the change log at the end of this document. We would like to thank all who helped develop this document. Floyd County Health Officer Dr. Tom Harris provided strong direction and guidance based on medical research as well as best practices. The New Albany-Floyd County Education Association and the New Albany-Floyd County Bus Driver Association through discussions have both been engaging, supportive and committed to ensuring the safety of everyone is a high priority. The NAFCS Board of Trustees was integral in creating this document, providing additional perspectives, asking thoughtful questions, and making sure everything was considered and well-planned. Lastly, we would like to thank Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Superintendent of Schools, who provided our state with a high-quality roadmap, designed to help all Indiana schools address areas which require improved public health safety measures. We look forward to a very productive school year.
Traditional Learning Experience
The school year will start with the traditional learning experience that NAFCS has offered in the past. Steps have been taken to ensure that students and staff will be prepared to attend school in a safe and healthy environment. We will provide all students in grades K – 12 with an electronic device (iPad or Chromebook) to assist in the learning experience. In the event that closing school(s) is necessary due to COVID-19, we will provide continuous learning through a Digital Synchronous Learning (“DSL”) experience. Unlike last spring, students will be attending school on the same bell schedule as if they were attending school in the physical setting. There will be no days off during the week, and students will be expected to log-on and attend each course/class level for which they are enrolled, during those eLearning days.
Virtual Learning Experience
For families not wanting the traditional school setting, NAFCS will offer students a Digital Synchronous (virtual) Learning Experience option for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Each DSL (virtual) student will receive an electronic device. It is important to note that internet access must be accessible during the school day for this DSL (virtual) experience. This is not something NAFCS will be providing to digital synchronous virtual learners. Students attending DSL (virtual) school will be on the same bell schedule as if they were attending school in the physical setting. There will be no days off during the week, and students will be expected to log on and attend each class as if they were onsite. If a student is under quarantine, exhibits symptoms, or is generally medically fragile, etc., and do not have internet access, the district will work individually with those families to provide a non-traditional learning option.