Walton County School District - Distance Learning Application

In response to COVID-19 and feedback from our community, the Walton County School District has established an alternative learning option for the 2020-21 school year. It is important that students and parents understand digital/distance learning for the 2020-21 school year will not be structured like distance learning from this past spring. Expectations in terms of attendance, grading and accountability will be the same for those students participating online and in person. Please carefully read the information below as a significant commitment will be needed by both students and parents in order to facilitate successful digital/distance learning.

 

Elementary:

  • Elementary students who choose to begin the semester with a Distance/Digital Learning model, must commit to nine weeks at a time.
  • WCSD is planning to utilize an online learning management system called Accelerate Education.
  • Core academic courses (social studies, science, math, and language arts/reading) will be available for all grade levels.
  • Projects for art, music and physical education will be made available for elementary students.
  • Students will be taught according to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and grades will be based on academic performance.
  • Students will be enrolled in on grade-level classes with instructional support from WCSD teachers.
  • Students will still be required to complete a daily attendance check in Schoology.
  • Students in grades K-5 will still need significant assistance from a parent/adult in the home (approximately 2-3 hours each day of adult assistance). This adult will become the student’s Learning Coach.
  • If you are considering this option, it is essential that you watch this brief video about the role of the Learning Coach and the Accelerate Education model of delivering instruction. The Learning Coach website can be accessed here.
  • WCSD teachers will not be responsible for the delivery of new, live instruction. A WCSD teacher will still be available during the school day to provide support to K-5 students whose parents choose distance/digital learning; however, the teacher assigned may not be the teacher that the student would have if enrolled in in-person instruction or even a teacher assigned to your child’s zoned school.
  • The digital/distance learning teacher may provide additional assignments outside of Accelerate Education to ensure students understand the curriculum and will be available to provide individualized support and guidance.
  • The district will make every effort to accommodate services for EIP, Gifted and REP students who choose digital/distance learning.
  • The school district will remain responsible for the education of students eligible for special education services with an individualized education program (IEP) that opt for digital/distance learning. Because digital/distance learning may affect how special education and related services are provided, the student’s IEP team will work to ensure that the student receives services to the most appropriate extent possible.
  • The district understands that this is a new learning model and will make every effort to accommodate the needs of our students to help our students succeed.

Please visit https://www.walton.k12.ga.us/ElementaryDigitalDistance.aspx for more information.

 

Middle/High

  • Middle and high school students who choose to begin the semester with a Distance/Digital Learning model, will need to commit to the entire semester. Students enrolled in full-time distance learning can participate in extracurricular activities at their school. Parents are encouraged to select the learning model that is best suited for each child. Not all siblings have to enroll in the same option.
  • WCSD will use Edmentum and Schoology along with instructional support from WCSD teachers for middle and high school digital/distance learning.
  • Students will be taught according to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and grades will be based on academic performance.
  • Students will be required to complete daily attendance checks.
  • Core academic courses (social studies, science, math, and language arts/reading) will be available for all grade levels.
  • Middle school schedules will include English, math, science, social studies and one connections course, either physical education or business/information technology.
  • High school schedules will include at least two but no more than three core academic courses and one or two CTAE, world language or physical education courses.
  • WCSD teachers will be available according to each student’s schedule during the period/block to provide support and supplementary instruction; however, the teacher assigned may not be the teacher that the student would have if enrolled in in-person instruction or even a teacher assigned to your child’s zoned school.
  • WCSD teachers will not be responsible for the delivery of new, live instruction. Edmentum will be utilized, allowing more flexibility and self-paced learning for our students and families.
  • The district will make every effort to accommodate services for EIP, Gifted and REP students who choose digital/distance learning.
  • The school district will remain responsible for the education of students eligible for special education services with an individualized education program (IEP) that opt for digital/distance learning. Because digital/distance learning may affect how special education and related services are provided, the student’s IEP team will work to ensure that the student receives services to the most appropriate extent possible.
  • The district understands that this is a new learning model and will make every effort to accommodate the needs of our students to help our students succeed.

Please visit https://www.walton.k12.ga.us/MiddleandHighDigitalDistanceLearning.aspx for more information.
 

THIS APPLICATION CLOSES AT NOON, AUGUST 3, 2020


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