Please review the information below to obtain more information about the 2020-21 school year.
What learning options will be available for my child this school year?
- Traditional Learning Experience:
The school year will start with the traditional learning experience that NAFCS has offered in the past.
- Digital Synchronous (Virtual) Learning Experience:
For families not choosing the traditional school setting, NAFCS will offer students a DSL (virtual) 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.
The K-6 Digital Synchronous (Virtual) Learning Experience will provide students with an online learning opportunity while at home. Instruction will be facilitated online by a content-certified teacher assigned to that specific grade level using the Google Classroom Learning Management System (LMS).
- Screen time in grades K-6 will fluctuate based on the teacher’s direct instruction, instructional strategies, and student level.
Grades 7-12 Digital Synchronous (Virtual) Learning Experience will consist of an online learning experience where students interact at the same time and in the same digital space as students in the physical setting of a classroom. Students will attend the same schedule of classes (via a remote location) instead of attending class in person. The live remote learning sessions will be utilizing the Google Classroom Learning Management System (LMS).
Once I choose an option, may I change my mind later?
A continuous and consistent learning environment is best for student success. However, we understand that parents and students might have compelling reasons to seek a transition from one option to another, so we will provide opportunities to do so when available. Unique circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis in partnership with the assigned school.
Is the Virtual option identical to the Non-Traditional Instruction learning we experienced during the final months of the 2019-2020 school year?
Based on feedback from students and parents, we have a clearer idea of which factors contribute to greater student success. Those factors include more frequent real-time interaction between students and teachers.
Will all students be given access to an electronic device?
Yes, all students will have access to an electronic device.
Will virtual students need to use the supply list posted online?
Not necessarily. However, in most cases, virtual students may need (or be requested by the teacher) to purchase supplies that would best meet their needs at home.
What will transportation look like?
Bus drivers will follow these recommendations:
- Drivers and students are required to wear face masks.
- Seating charts will be required.
- Windows should be open (when possible and appropriate).
- Seats and handrails will be wiped/sprayed down with disinfectant before and after every ride (when possible).
- Student pick-up and drop-off locations are subject to change based on ridership.
Will my child be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities if they are a virtual learner?
Students enrolled in 5 courses (virtual or traditional) will be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities/sports.
Will the 2020-21 school calendar be changed?
NAFCS approved the delay of school from July 29 to August 12, 2020 at the July 27, 2020 school board meeting.
Will teachers and students be required to wear masks at school?
Yes. All students and staff are required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.
What will lunch look like?
Each school will organize their lunch schedules and eating areas to promote social distancing.
Self-serve stations will be eliminated. Plasticware and condiments will be handed out individually. Cafeteria furniture will be rearranged when necessary to ensure social distancing.
Will schools have orientation opportunities for new students?
Yes, each school conducts their own new student and parent orientation at their school.
When will devices be distributed?
Device pick up will begin August 3, 2020. Please check with your child’s school for detailed pickup information.
Will visitors/parents be allowed to enter their child’s school?
Visitors will not be allowed to visit the school.
Parents may make an appointment to visit with their student’s teacher or talk with their school counselor.
What will my child’s school do if someone at their school tests positive for COVID-19?
Parents and staff will receive communication if there is a confirmed case in the building in which they attend school or work. Identifying factors on any potential or verified positive cases, including student grade or staff position, will not be announced.
Will the YMCA still operate before and after school childcare?
Yes, the YMCA will plan to continue providing this service at existing program sites for students in grades K-5. They will implement their own social distancing plans which will be communicated directly to their child care clients.
What will be done to help my child with their social and emotional well-being while at school?
As the result of COVID-19 closure of schools, our teachers and staff will be faced with new challenges of helping students self-regulate and cope with the stress caused by the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic. To support this new challenge, our counselors, social workers, behaviorists and mental health therapists will be available to assist students in dealing with their stress. In addition, social-emotional learning will become a focus of our counselor guidance lessons to start the school year.
How will the cleanliness and safety of each school be maintained?
Cleaning & Disinfecting: NAFCS will utilize higher than normal levels of cleaning and disinfecting in our facilities on a daily basis. We will utilize an Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”)-registered disinfectant designed to eliminate viruses from surfaces. Extra attention will be given to all high-touch areas, such as desks, doors, restrooms, etc. Those high-touch areas will be frequently cleaned and disinfected routinely during the day as well.
Classroom Ventilation: Each day before the arrival of students, we will ventilate classrooms. While students are present, we will continue to bring fresh air into classrooms so that classroom air is exchanged at a minimum of every 30 minutes.
Facility Use: Use of our facilities by outside groups or organizations will be limited. If use should be approved, the group or organization is expected to operate in a manner that minimizes the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.