FAQs - COVID

  • Is it oblitori for students to attend school?

  • If we do opt into "traditional" enrollment today. Would it be possible for us to change our minds before school begins and opt into "virtual" enrollment?

  • To clarify, if the entire system "flips the switch" to virtual and all EES teachers and students transition to the Schoology system. Would our children, if we had previously opted to enroll in Schoology from day 1, be merged into the local EES virtual classroom - with a locally sourced teacher and local classroom children? Or would our children continue to be segregated into the generic Schoology system because they had not enrolled in the "traditional" setting originally.

  • Another question was asked on out of district kids. To reduce class sizes, why would you not give those who do not live in the district only the virtual option? They would still be able to participate in sports and whatnot with the city teams, but preference for in person should be given to those who moved here to be in district. It would really cut down on the class sizes and be a safer environment with less students. Save "their seat" and let the out of district kids come back to the classroom

  • In the virtual option, will there be any student-to-student interaction via Zoom, Google Classroom, etc?

  • Is there a physical education component with the virtual option? If so, what does it "look like."

  • If the Safer at Home order, which was recently amended to include a mandate for wearing masks is extended into the school year, will students and faculty be required to wear masks at all times on campus?

  • If I elect virtual now, but something changes and the school decides to go with a hybrid option to start, can I change our election provided the academic year has not yet started?

  • Cleaning products which are effective against COVID-19 are difficult to obtain for in-home use. How will the school be able to obtain the supplies needed to maintain the required protocols for opening the campuses? Student families are often asked to provide cleaning wipes, but we can't find them in stores right now.

  • What about drop off in the morning? Will kids go to the gym still until teachers arrive by 7:45? Can kids get dropped off at 7:30?

  • Who are the teachers behind Schoology? Are they local teachers?

  • Online school (specifically students on EL and intervention plans) - How will students receive accommodations and interventions virtually?

  • If the student does virtual learning then wants to switch to traditional after the 1st semester, will that student need to bring school supplies then?

  • If someone in my child’s class tests positive will we be notified and stay home for two weeks following?

  • Can you please start the year out on a hybrid schedule? The risk is too high to be filling our schools with all students at this point.

  • Will there be a restriction on the number of out of district students who are allowed to enroll in CCS to help reduce class sizes?

  • How will middle school handle changing classes? Will there be just as many classes?

  • Are the schools going to have open house? I need to drop off supplies and sign my child up for morning drop off! How is this going to be done?

  • Will the students who choose to attend in person be required to be at home for two weeks every time there is a suspected case?

  • In the virtual school setting, will the students just be working on their own or will there be online instruction from a teacher at the elementary school level?

  • How will students with special services or needs be supported this school year?

  • My child has seasonal allergies that will resemble COVID symptoms. How can we ensure that he/she will not be quarantined during this time with potentially infected students?

  • If we choose a traditional setting but then decide we want to switch to virtual, can that only be done at the end of a semester?

  • I have heard that students will have no PE. Is this true?

  • I have heard that the virtual instruction will be provided by non-local teachers. Is this true?

  • Can I drop off items to my child as I have in the past?

  • Can I have classroom visitors such as medical professionals, local leaders, policemen, firemen, etc. visit my classroom?

  • For the remote instruction option, is remote learning up to the parents' discretion or is this decided by the school? Is there a limit as to how much remote learning can be done?

  • How can I utilize small group instruction while maintaining social distancing and ensuring student safety?

  • How do we enroll/sign-up for virtual learning?

  • How does COVID-19 impact school supply lists?

  • How many hours a day will be required for virtual learning?

  • How will I be expected to identify and address learning gaps created by the March-May 2020 school closure?

  • How will instruction be provided for students with extended absences due to a positive COVID test or mandatory quarantine?

  • How will our school calendar and master schedules be impacted by CDC suggestions?

  • How will parents of virtual students be supported?

  • How will school and classrooms be cleaned and sanitized?

  • How will social distancing be maintained in the classroom?

  • How will students be graded under virtual learning?

  • How will virtual learning work day to day?

  • If my child is in the band, what will that look like?

  • If the school transitions to remote learning, can teachers still come to the school to work?

  • If we choose the virtual learning option, how would sports/band/etc. participation work? For example, if baseball/band is one of our classes, would my child only attend in-person for that period?

  • If we choose virtual learning, will the school system supply devices and internet connection?

  • In the traditional classroom setting, will substitute teachers be trained to handle situations and follow protocols?

  • My classroom uses mostly hands-on materials and equipment. How should I adjust my activities to ensure proper learning takes place while ensuring student safety?

  • What are the class sizes going to be like?

  • What does "remote" mean? Can you explain the remote portion a little bit more?

  • What is the attendance policy for virtual students?

  • What is the difference between traditional learning, remote learning, and virtual instruction?

  • What will determine if a transition to hybrid or remote learning is necessary?

  • What will lunch look like for students?

  • What will protocol be if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID?

  • Which ALSDE requirements will we be held responsible for during the 2020-2021 school year?

  • Will class/block changes be staggered to reduce hallway congestion?

  • Will classes be allowed to take field trips?

  • Will electives be offered, and if so, what will electives look like?

  • Will employees be required to wear a face covering?

  • Will gifted and talented services be available if students are enrolled in virtual learning?

  • Will I be expected to rearrange the desks in my room to maintain a six foot distance between all students?

  • Will schools have open-house?

  • Will students attend school every day under the traditional option?

  • Will students be required to wear a face covering?

  • Will students be tested for the gifted program if they choose virtual classes?

  • Will students leave the classroom for P.E, music, art and other electives?

  • Will students stay in the classroom all day?

  • Will students who are showing symptoms (coughing, sneezing, etc.) be separated/quarantined?

  • Will teachers and students be responsible for grades in the event of school building closure?

  • Will teachers be asked to teach both a traditional class and a virtual class simultaneously?

  • Will teachers be responsible for cleaning or sanitizing classrooms?

  • Will the length of the school day be the same/normal times from last year?

  • Will the online option be an option for the entire school year? When would students be allowed/required to join back in the traditional setting?

  • Will there be a school closure for the 2020-2021 school year?

  • Will there be recess?

  • Will there be temperature checks when students enter the school building?

  • Will virtual learning be online?

  • Will visitors be allowed on campus for events, eat lunch with students, walk students to class, etc.?

  • Will you have extended day school care this year?

  • With the minimization of library book checkouts and the support of online literary options through a virtual online library, how will librarians/media specialist support the classroom teachers?