OCSU Families

Important Information about the 2020-2021 School Year

Please complete this survey below by July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Complete one survey per student.

OCSU Fall 2020 return to school

Please read through this entire document. Immediate action is required.

Dear OCSU Families,

This is an update as we plan for reopening schools in August. We can’t wait to see the kids again! We recognize the uneasy feelings parents are having in these difficult times. To successfully reopen school, we will all need to be flexible and on the same page.


We take the physical health and well-being of students and our community very seriously. In order to open in-person school safely, we have to follow certain rules from the Department of Health & Agency of Education that are beyond our control including:

  • All students and staff will be required to wear masks at school.

  • K-8 students will stay with their classes all day, even during meal times.

  • Students and staff must maintain safe physical distancing.

  • Anybody entering school will have temperature taken and be asked screening questions. If sick, students and adults must be sent home.

  • Sick children or adults are required to stay home.


School is going to look different this year. We have three learning priorities as we return to school:

  • Social/Emotional Well Being for Students and Staff: School culture and relationships will be a top priority. Academics will take a back seat during initial weeks. Students and staff will also need to learn new routines such as wearing masks, hand washing, and physical distancing. We will need to do all of this in a way that encourages the normal social and emotional growth of children.

  • Preparing to Switch to Remote Learning: It’s possible that schools will need to close again. We will be better prepared if that happens. All teachers will have a Google Classroom ready if we need to switch to remote learning. Remote learning will not look the same as emergency remote learning did last spring, nor will it look the same as in-school learning.

  • Teaching and Learning: We will focus on the most important things for kids to learn as we recover from the pandemic. All students will need to complete classwork to make progress. This means that learning will be different than in a non-COVID year.


During the first week of school, August 24-28 for K-12, schools will be dismissed one hour early to allow staff to fine tune procedures and help students adjust to all the changes.


K-8 families will receive information about options for the year including:

  • Full-time, in-person school

  • Full-time remote learning option for the year

  • Vermont’s home schooling requirements


High School families will receive information about the hybrid model: students attending in-person on some days and accessing remotely on other days. LRUHS does not have enough space to have all students in the building at once and have safe physical distancing.


Information for pre-k families will come separately.


We will communicate with you throughout the summer. Visit our ocsu.org or the OCSU Facebook page for frequent updates. Please reach out with any questions or feedback at any time.


Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to having all of our students back in the building again!


Sincerely,

OCSU Administrators

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Requirements and Expectations for Virtual Academy (Remote Learning Option)

Overview: Orleans Central Supervisory Union is exploring a full remote learning option for those students and families in grades K-12 who would like to continue their education online as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Lake Region Union High School will be offering students a full remote learning option in conjunction with their hybrid learning model (Hybrid = 2 days in-person and 3 days remote). K-8 students will be enrolled in a full remote options with other students and a virtual teacher from OCSU schools. Students and parents must understand that by choosing this virtual option they will be enrolled as a full time remote learning student and return to a physical classroom will not be an option unless extenuating circumstances arise. Please see below the requirements and expectations for remote learning.


Requirements:

  • Students and a parent or guardian who choose to do remote learning must fill out the online contract.

  • The off-campus location must have adequate, reliable access to the Internet (at least 3.2 Mbps as determined using this tool). A school device will be provided with a home use contract needing to be signed.

  • Students must complete coursework in all core subjects: humanities, math, science, health and physical education, art, and music

  • Families must connect with support staff as needed for additional services (ie. guidance counselor, special educator)

  • School meals will be provided if requested, but the school does not have the capacity to deliver them. Guardians will need to make arrangements for pickup.

  • Students will have the same opportunities as their classmates to participate in school-sponsored clubs, sports, and activities with the understanding that some can only be done in-person. Schools must maintain AOE and VPA guidelines for all sports and other activities.


Expectations for students (who access the K-8 Virtual Academy or the 9-12 Full Remote option):

  • Maintain contact with the online teacher(s) daily attendance through a combination of check-ins and work completion. This will also be used for daily attendance.

  • Participate in both synchronous (8-3pm) and asynchronous (on your own schedule) learning. LR students will be expected to attend class at the normal scheduled time

  • Attend an orientation on the how-tos of remote learning

  • Complete all learning activities and assignments by the required date

  • Respond and act upon feedback from teacher(s); this includes connecting with fellow students as necessary

  • Ask questions! If you don’t know the answer or need help, communicate directly with your teacher(s). If you are having technical difficulties, let your teacher know.


Expectations for parents or guardians supporting their student at home:

  • View detailed grade information and teacher feedback – see what your student sees!

  • Support your student with assignment due dates

  • Read Announcements as needed

  • Support discussions your students are involved in when appropriate

  • Review the course syllabus – course description, expectations, grading policies and assignment due dates all in one place

  • Communicate directly with the online teacher(s) over any questions or concerns. Likewise, share success stories or suggestions around your student. Family input, feedback, and communication is critical to instructing our students whether they are remote or on-campus. Parents and guardians are invaluable partners in our schools.

  • Attend an orientation on the how-tos of remote learning

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