Learning Options • VirtualED • Hotline • Hybrid Model • FAQS
Message from Blue Valley Schools
Our team is working to create a safe learning and working environment for staff and students, as well as offer families options for the 2020-21 school year. We understand choosing a learning option is an important decision for families and we want families to have all possible information to make an informed decision.
We have been reviewing questions from families on ThoughtExchange, tracking the most frequently asked questions from the Back to School hotline and working to further develop our Back to School plan. Below, families will find new and updated information including:
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment School Reopening Recommendations
Side-by-side comparison of In-Person Learning and VirtualED
Information on VirtualED registration deadline of Aug. 5
Expanded VirtualED course offerings
Back to School hotline updated hours
Updated information about the hybrid model and when it would be enacted
Answers to more of your FAQs
As we continue to update our Back to School website, families can easily see when new information is added by viewing the What’s New for Back to School section of the Back to School web page.
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JCDHE shares Safe School Reopening Recommendations
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has released public health recommendations for K-12 schools to help families and school districts make decisions about the fall. The recommendations are based on currently available information, data and science, and expert analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Children’s Mercy Hospital. As new evidence emerges, requirements may change. Blue Valley is carefully reviewing the recommendations and will work closely with JCDHE to monitor community and school conditions, and make adjustments if necessary.
JCDHE’s recommendations include guidance on what learning mode elementary, middle and high schools should reopen in as well as guidance for extra and cocurricular activities. Johnson County officials and Johnson County school district leaders will meet the week of Aug. 17 to review data and make final decisions about the learning mode to begin the 2020-21 school year.
What does this mean for Blue Valley students?
Students who have registered for VirtualED will begin the school year in the all-virtual option as planned. VirtualED provides the most consistent learning mode for families.
Students who have registered for In-Person Learning may begin the school year in In-Person Learning, Distance Learning or Hybrid Learning (Limiting Capacity) based on the community spread of the virus. Families can learn more about each learning mode on the district’s Back to School website. Blue Valley will communicate with families which learning mode the 2020-21 school year will begin in after the joint meeting with Johnson County officials the week of Aug. 17.
New! VirtualED courses expanded for 2020-21 school year
Blue Valley has expanded the course options for VirtualED including:
French course series 1 through AP (middle and high school)
Spanish 1 & 3.5
AP Physics I
AP Physics II
AP Calculus BC
Health (now available for ninth grade)
AP European History (now available for ninth grade)
All VirtualED courses are based on Kansas state standards and Blue Valley curriculum. Courses were developed and will be taught by Blue Valley teachers trained in online learning and virtual design tools, and who provide age-appropriate instruction and 1:1 support. A complete list of VirtualED courses is available online.
Registration for VirtualED closes on Aug. 5. Families who have already registered for VirtualED and want to add one of the updated courses can update their registration and course selections through ParentVUE.
Blue Valley families have two learning options for 2020-21 school year
Blue Valley Schools has a great responsibility to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and staff during the 2020-21 school year. Two learning options were developed for families as part of the Back to School plan. Take a look at the side-by-side comparison of the options online.
Want to learn more about each option?
In-Person Learning with modifications
TIP! Check out the In-Person Learning information web page for details from arrival to visitors to school and everything in between.
As the year progresses and based activity of the COVID-19 virus in our community, the in-person setting may adjust. Students in the in-person setting may also experience periods of distance learning or a hybrid (limiting capacity) model that combines in-person and at-home learning.
All-virtual option, VirtualED, designed and taught by Blue Valley teachers
TIP! Check out the VirtualED information web page for details about time commitment, requirements of students and families and more.
Note! VirtualED registration closes on Aug. 5. This provides needed time to ensure our staff members have as much time as possible to prepare teachers and class schedules for VirtualED.
Students enrolled in VirtualED will not be impacted by building closures or building occupancy recommendations. This option provides the most consistency in learning mode for students.
VirtualED registration closes Aug. 5
Registration for Blue Valley’s all-virtual option, VirtualED, will close on Wednesday, Aug. 5. By closing registration Aug. 5, staff will have needed time to prepare teachers and class schedules for VirtualED.
Want to learn more about the VirtualED option? Check out the VirtualED web page for all the details, course options and more!
Back to School hotline
Have questions about Blue Valley's Back to School plan? Call the Back to School hotline at 913-239-4045 from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with questions not addressed on the district’s Back to School website, www.bluevalleyk12.org/BacktoSchool.
Have a question about what In-Person Learning will look like at your child’s school? Contact your school for building-specific details.
What is the Hybrid (limiting capacity) model?
In the event that state or county health officials enact gating criteria to reduce total building occupancy, Blue Valley would move to a hybrid model. A hybrid model combines the In-Person Learning with Modifications model and at-home learning. Students enrolled in VirtualED will continue with VirtualED.
In a hybrid learning environment, occupancy is reduced to:
- Assist with social distancing
- Assist with mitigation of spread of the virus
Students will follow a continuous AA/BB schedule. This means students would have In-Person Learning with modifications for two consecutive days alternated with two consecutive days of at-home learning with some direction from the classroom teacher. Specific details around at-home learning are still being defined. Daily assignments/activities will be posted by an agreed-upon time daily for access by the cohort of students that are at-home learners within the cycle.
Students’ AA/BB schedules will be determined by the last name of the oldest child in the family.
More information about the hybrid model is available on the district’s Back to School website.
You have questions. We are listening. Thank you to our families who are sharing their questions through ThoughtExchange and the district’s Back to School hotline. We are working to update our FAQ web page with some of your most frequently asked questions. A few of our top questions include:
Q: One of the most frequently asked questions is around specific details related to In-Person Learning-- “How many students will be in my child’s In-Person class?,” “What will the lunch process look like including picking up a school lunch and eating lunch?,” and more.
A: Our principals are working hard to finalize many details in this ever-changing environment. When VirtualED registration is complete, principals will be able to articulate with more certainty details of In-Person Learning as many of those details are impacted by the number of In-Person learners registered for the school year.
Check out additional FAQs on the district’s Back to School website.