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NPUSC FALL 2020 VIRTUAL ACADEMY APPLICATION SPANISH

 

NPUSC FALL 2020 VIRTUAL ACADEMY APPLICATION ENGLISH

July 28th, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians,

After gathering the results of the first survey, it was determined that a very small number of
families were interested in a 100% virtual option for the Fall of 2020-2021 . However, as
growing concerns over COVID-19 have continued there are more families that may be interested
in NPUSC providing such an option. We would like to explain what a Virtual Academy option
would encompass so that each student family is able to make the best-informed decision for
themselves.

The Virtual Academy would look different from the traditional eLearning to which you have
been accustomed. NPUSC will be utilizing an online platform through Edmentum. NPUSC has
worked with this company using various other academic programs. Edmentum provides an
a ccredited Virtual Academy for all K-12 th students.

Who will be monitoring the Virtual Academy?

The entire K-12 Virtual Academy will be overseen by Dr. Erika Buhring. Dr. Buhring works in the Curriculum and Instruction department here at NPUSC with the Assistant Superintendent Dr. Carrie Cannon.

K-5 Virtual Academy:

The K-5 Virtual Academy will be overseen by Dr. Buhring, but all of
the teaching, grading, and oversight will be completed by Edmentum’s certified teaching staff.
NPUSC students will not be assigned to a NPUSC teacher. Students can participate in live calls,
zoom meetings, and various instructional help to navigate through the program through
Edmentum’s teachers. Grading will be aligned to the NPUSC handbook and curriculum guide
and will be recorded into Powerschool when completed. Younger students may need help
navigating the pages and typing into the system.

6th-12th Virtual Plato Academy:

The 6th-12th Virtual Plato Academy will be overseen by Dr. Buhring as well. The majority of tutoring, grading, and oversight will come from the Edmentum certified teaching staff. However, secondary writing and project assignments will be graded by a NPUSC staff member(s). Secondary students will have the ability to call the Edmentum certified teaching staff to help answer questions and clarify instructional materials. Live zoom meetings, virtual chats, and/phone communications will be offered in the secondary program. Depending on the course content, Edmentum’s certified teachers will recommend how to proceed virtually with the student. Instructional support for course content such as live zoom meetings, virtual chats, and/or phone calls need to be initiated by the student. Please note that in either option, NPUSC teachers will not be assigned to your child’s schooling that you normally are accustomed to during eLearning.

What would be my student’s responsibilities ?

Each student and her/his parent or guardian must attend the Virtual Academy orientation day that would include social distancing to help train students on the online platform and expectations. (The date and timing of this training would most likely occur on August 12th during the daytime for a minimum of two hours. This is subject to change.) Students are expected to work on their courses from an off campus location. To ensure academic integrity, 6th-12th grade students will be required to take assessments on campus in a proctored environment. All K-12 th grade students also must take the NWEA, ILEARN, IREAD, ISTEP exams, etc. on campus when they arise during the school year. NPUSC has the discretion to determine when and how exams need to be taken with virtual
students. It will be the parent(s)/guardian(s) responsibility to transport the students to and from
campus during normal school hours to complete these assessments.

Student answers in grades K-5th grade will need to be typed in the online platform. Therefore,
depending upon the typing skills of a student she/he may need regular help from an adult to input
answers and navigate the pages.

Having access to the internet is a necessity for the virtual environment. No hard copies of work
will be accepted into the system. There is not a feature to upload or submit written work, for
example, during a zoom session. All work is typed into an electronic device. If you need support
with a WIFI hotspot, please complete the accompanying Virtual Academy Application.

Since instruction is occurring through pre-recorded and pre-packaged curriculum materials
created by Edmentum, NPUSC teachers will not be available for instructional help throughout
the semester. It is not the expectation that students who participate in the virtual environment
will interact with other grade level students in the Virtual Academy. (In other words, this is
different from eLearning where they are assigned to a particular teacher that is in charge of a
roster of specific kids.)

How do I enroll my student in the virtual option?

An application link for enrollment is accompanying this email and must be completed by the student and parent for entry into the Virtual Academy. Please note: once a student is enrolled in the Virtual Academy option she/he must complete that option for the entirety of the semester. A student may not, for example, start out virtually and then move to a face-to-face classroom environment until the second semester which would start January 6, 2021. In addition, if NPUSC moves to a total eLearning format, students enrolled in the Academy will continue in their scheduled platform through the end of the semester (December 18th).

Does the online platform align with state and national standards?

Yes, the online platform aligns with state and national standards. This does NOT mean that the curriculum that students receive in the classroom environment is identical to the Virtual Academy environment. In the face-to-face environment NPUSC teachers have the responsibility to prepare, deliver and grade curriculum. In the Virtual Academy, Edmentum teachers have designed the curriculum and have created content for students to self-navigate.

Are all electives, dual credit courses, honors classes, and AP classes available virtually?

Unfortunately, many elective courses are not available for the Virtual Academy option. Please
see the list below in Addendum A. Dual credit classes, honors classes and AP classes will not be
available under the Virtual Academy option. For example, High School students would most
likely take four classes: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Due to the lack of elective
options, parents/guardians, students and the principal will need to discuss the student’s future
course offerings to meet the state requirements for a diploma. Please contact the High School
principal concerning your student’s individual college and career path before deciding if the
Virtual Academy is the best fit for your student.

Will my student be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activities?

IHSAA has allowed each school district to have local control over this decision. It is NPUSC’s
recommendation that families that choose to elect the Virtual Academy option would not be able
to participate in all extra-curricular activities. For example, this would include band, robotics,
and sports.

Will my student be charged NPUSC’s Textbook Rental/Curricular Material Fees?

Yes, your student will still be charged the same textbook fees as a traditional student. Indiana
Code 20-18-2-2.7 defines curricular material as “systematically organized material designed to
provide a specific level of instruction in a subject matter category, including: (1) books; (2)
hardware that will be consumed, accessed, or used by a single student during a semester or
school year; (3) computer software; and (4) digital content.” Textbook Rental/Curricular
Material fees will be assessed for virtual learning the same as they are for in-person and
eLearning students. NPUSC incurs a significant cost for the digital content used for the Virtual
Academy, as well as the cost of giving each student an iPad to access this content.

Can my student receive a breakfast or lunch meal if they are attending the Virtual
Academy?

Yes, they can still receive daily/weekly meals, but more details are to follow
regarding breakfast and lunch options.

What if I change my mind and want to exit the Virtual Academy?

The program will run on a semester basis until December 18th. You may choose to change your mind at the end of the first semester. Once selected in August there is NOT an option to return to a traditional face-to-face learning environment until the beginning of the 2nd semester in January. In addition, if NPUSC moves to a total eLearning format, students enrolled in the Virtual Academy will continue in their scheduled platform through the end of the semester.

What would a weekly schedule look like for my student?

The Virtual Academy would follow a five day per week schedule and align to our school calendar. Consistent daily participation with assigned activities, lessons and enrolled classes would need to be followed. Due dates for assignments need to be followed and will be enforced. According to IDOE guidelines you can expect K-5 students to invest a minimum of 5 hours per day into their work. All 6th-12th students can expect a minimum of 6 hours a day into their work. All students need to log on daily for attendance. Minutes, assignment completion, tutoring calls, and Edmentum instruction is all
logged and reported to Dr. Buhring to help monitor student progress. These processes will be
explained further in the in-person orientation session.

What if my student does not keep up with the online program?

It is up to the student to progress through the lessons and assessments that are provided in a timely manner. Students in grades K-5 will be assigned final grades by Edmentum’s teachers that are hired to oversee the platform. All 6th-12th grade writing and project assignments will be graded by a combination of Edmentum teachers and NPUSC (virtual teachers and staff). The Virtual Academy grading scale/calculating GPA will align to NPUSC’s adopted grading scale. Academic honesty and
integrity will be the same as outlined in our student handbooks. If a student does not adequately
progress through the content or does not meet academic expectations, a conference with a
parent/guardian may be held by the NPUSC administration to determine the student’s eligibility
in the Virtual Academy. If progress is inadequate, then NPUSC reserves the right to retain a
student in the grade in which she/he started during the Fall 2020 semester or she/he may need to
repeat classes. Please see graduation requirements in the NPHS Student Handbook for further
information.

How will my student’s attendance be counted?

Students are required to work consistently and thoroughly to follow the pacing provided in the virtual learning curriculum. Students may complete more than what the pacing suggests each week. Students are expected to respond within 24 hours during the school week to any online messages they receive. Required Hours: Students must login daily. The expectation is that students in grades K-5 will work for a minimum of 5 hours a day and grades 6-12 will spend and spend a minimum of 6 hours per day on work.
Students’ time on task will be recorded by the Edmentum platform. NPUSC virtual staff will
have access to the total number of hours that are processed/completed. Please note that time on
task is different than the total time spent completing work. (Time on task records the amount
spent navigating the pages/content. This does not include time spent by students for learning the
materials.) If your student needs to be absent for any reason, an email or phone call to Dr.
Buhring is needed: or 574-654-0266 (office phone). Please refer
to the attendance policy in the handbooks for additional information.

What if my student has an IEP?

A Teacher of Record (TOR) will maintain and oversee your
student’s IEP. The teacher of record will be responsible for all student needs associated with
their Individualized Education Plan and the IEP may need to be modified to align to the Virtual
Academy.

If you have further questions or comments, please contact Dr. Buhring. On behalf of the NPUSC
we look forward to hearing from you regarding the Virtual Academy Option.

Sincerely,
Dr. Carrie Cannon
Dr. Carrie Cannon

574-654-7273

Addendum A:
List of Virtual Academy High School Courses Available
PLATO Course Algebra 1, Semester A v7.0
PLATO Course Algebra 1, Semester B v7.0                                                                                  PLATO Course Algebra 2, Semester A v6.0
PLATO Course Algebra 2, Semester B v6.0
PLATO Course Biology with Virtual Labs, Semester A v6.0
PLATO Course Biology with Virtual Labs, Semester B v8.0
PLATO Course Career Explorations, Semester v2.0
PLATO Course Chemistry, Semester A v6.0
PLATO Course Chemistry, Semester B v6.0
PLATO Course Child Development and Parenting, Semester A
PLATO Course Child Development and Parenting, Semester B
PLATO Course Creative Writing
PLATO Course Digital and Interactive Media, Semester A
PLATO Course Digital and Interactive Media, Semester B
PLATO Course Earth and Space Science, Semester A v4.0
PLATO Course Earth and Space Science, Semester B v4.0
PLATO Course Economics v3.0
PLATO Course English 10, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course English 10, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course English 11, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course English 11, Semester B v5.0
PLATO Course English 12, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course English 12, Semester B v5.0
PLATO Course English 9, Semester A v6.0
PLATO Course English 9, Semester B v6.0
PLATO Course Environmental Science Semester A
PLATO Course Environmental Science Semester B
PLATO Course French 1, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course French 1, Semester B v5.0
PLATO Course French 2, Semester A v4.0
PLATO Course French 2, Semester B v4.0
PLATO Course Geometry, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course Geometry, Semester B v5.0
PLATO Course Health v4.0
PLATO Course High School Earth and Space Science, Semester A
PLATO Course High School Earth and Space Science, Semester A
PLATO Course High School Earth and Space Science, Semester B
PLATO Course Physics and Chemistry, Semester A v2.0
PLATO Course Physics and Chemistry, Semester B v2.0
PLATO Course Introduction to Fashion Design v2.0
PLATO Course Precalculus, Semester A v4.0
PLATO Course Precalculus, Semester B v4.0
PLATO Course Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural
Resources, Semester A
PLATO Course Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural
Resources, Semester B
PLATO Course Personal Finance v2.0
PLATO Course Physical Education v2.0
PLATO Course Physics, Semester A v3.0
PLATO Course Physics, Semester B v3.0
PLATO Course Spanish 1, Semester A v5.0
PLATO Course Spanish 1, Semester B v5.0
PLATO Course Spanish 2, Semester A v4.0
PLATO Course Spanish 2, Semester B v4.0
PLATO Course Spanish 3, Semester A v4.0
PLATO Course Spanish 3, Semester B v4.0
PLATO Course US Government v3.0
PLATO Course US History, Semester A v2.0
PLATO Course US History, Semester B v2.0
PLATO Course World Geography, Semester A v2.0
PLATO Course World Geography, Semester B v2.0
PLATO Course World History, Semester A v3.0
PLATO Course World History, Semester B v3.0

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