1. If I decide to enroll my child in the virtual program, what steps will need to be taken: You will need to complete all enrollment/registration activities in Registration Gateway for your child. This includes any 2nd party affidavits that need to be completed. You will also need to complete the Alexander City Schools Virtual Academy Enrollment Form. You may use this link to access the form: https://forms.gle/fRWNmeRygZrFvk5a9
2. How will onsite assessment occur? Students will be required to come onsite to take some assessments, such as benchmarks and standardized tests.
3. How will test security be handled when tests are not taken onsite? We will have a test security platform that will lock down the browser and could monitor movement and voice in the room where the student is taking the test. Some programs will kick the student out of the test if motion or the sound of a voice is detected. We have not chosen a security method at this time, however we are investigating to find the one that best fits our needs.
4. Will tuition be charged for out of district virtual students? We are still in discussion regarding whether to charge tuition to virtual students or not. This is a decision that would have to be approved by the board. Should we decide not to charge tuition there will be a technology fee.
5. When will benchmarks be taken? Benchmarks are taken within the last 2 weeks of a grading period. Usually those dates are decided and communicated to students prior to the start of a nine weeks grading period.
6. Will virtual students be allowed to participate in athletics? Yes
7. When is the deadline to sign up for virtual school? July 30, 2020 11:59 PM
8. Will virtual school students take electives? Students in grades 8-12 will take electives because they are required to obtain a specific number of credits to be in good standing and on track to graduate.
9. How will we keep the small children from sharing masks? We are depending on parents to help us teach students that it is inappropriate to share masks. We will begin on day one teaching students not to share masks or other personal items, including school supplies.
10. Will my child continue to receive special education and/or intervention services? Yes, all required services will be provided. The services may look different than what is provided in the classroom.
11. Will there be a student orientation? Yes, we will have a Virtual School Orientation. The date has not yet been decided.
12. When can we pick up technology devices? Students in grades K-8 that still have their devices need to return those to the school from which they received it. We will redistribute these devices at a later date, prior to school starting.
13. What will the traditional/brick and mortar school look like? The traditional day will be reflective of a normal school day with exceptions made for social distancing and other recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health. For more specific information pertaining to a particular school individual school plans will be posted to their particular website and linked to the District Return to Learn Plan no later than August 3, 2020.
14. If a high school student is enrolled in the virtual school, will they be allowed to come to the school to take classes that have to be taken at school, such as Drivers Education? No
15. If I do not have internet access, will it be provided for my child? If you do not have dependable internet access, we will work with you to secure dependable access.
16. If school has to shut down, will the traditional students go virtual? If school has to shut down, students will return to remote learning for the duration of the shut down.
17. Will devices be provided for virtual students? Yes.
18. When/where will we pick up devices? The date and time for distribution of devices has not been determined yet.