Affton Everywhere Learning Options

2020-2021 School Year

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In-Person Option

During the 2020-2021 school year, In-Person Learning will look different based on the level of community spread of COVID-19 in our area and can transition between Onsite, Fixed Blended, and Distance at any time. Shifts on a district-wide level between Onsite, Fixed Blended, and Distance Learning will be decided based on guidance from government & health officials.
IN-PERSON LEARNING: Students are permitted to learn at school with additional health and safety measures, which may include face coverings, hand washing/sanitizing routines, staggered transitions, outdoor breaks, recess, specials modified/adapted, no large gatherings, etc. Participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses.


What does this look like for my student?

  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to wear face masks or face shields when not able to maintain social distancing
  • Staff are required to wear face masks or face shields when not able to maintain social distancing
  • Limited social distancing will be possible, especially in the classroom based on the number of students in attendance
  • Implement classroom routines that limit close contact (15 minutes within 6-feet of another person)
  • Students in grades 3-5 will be issued a Chromebook for learning at school and at home.
  • Meals will be eaten in the classroom
  • Outdoor breaks and recess will be scheduled daily
  • Specials (Art, Library, Makerspace, Music, PE) will take place in the classroom or in a designated space outside. PE classes will be held in the gym or outside.
  • Limit the degree of student cohorts mixing (classrooms, grade levels, etc.)
  • Limit the spaces that all students access
  • Stagger transition routines and arrival/departure times
  • Limit non-essential visitors into the school

HYBRID LEARNING ON STAGGERED SCHEDULE: In the event that community spread of COVID-19 warrants strict social distancing by reducing the number of students onsite at school at any given time, students will receive in-person instruction at school 2 days per week and distance learning at home 1 day per week. Under this scenario, we would have A days and B days assigned to each family based on last name. Half our students would attend in-person classes on A days, while the other half would learn remotely. The roles would flip on B days. A/B Day participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses.


What does this look like for my student?

  • Students in grades 3-5 will be issued a Chromebook for learning at school and at home.
  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to wear face masks or face shields when not able to maintain social distancing
  • Staff are required to wear face masks or face shields when not able to maintain social distancing
  • Social distancing in the classroom with desks 3-6-feet apart
  • Implement classroom routines that limit close contact (15 minutes within 6-feet of another person)
  • Meals will be eaten in the classroom
  • Outdoor breaks and recess will be scheduled daily
  • Specials (Art, Library, Makerspace, Music, PE) will take place in the classroom or in a designated space outside. PE classes will be held in the gym or outside.
  • Limit the degree of student cohorts mixing (classrooms, grade levels, etc.)
  • Limit the spaces that all students access
  • Stagger transition routines and arrival/departure times
  • Limit non-essential visitors into the school

100% DISTANCE LEARNING AT HOME: In the event that community spread of COVID-19 warrants school buildings to be closed, all in-person instruction will transition to distance learning at home. Students attend classes online from home on a regular school schedule, allowing for an easier transition to onsite instruction when schools reopen. Online participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses.


What does this look like for my student?

  • Students in grades 3-5 will be issued a Chromebook for learning at school and at home
  • Instruction includes Affton teacher and staff interaction that promotes academic, social, and emotional learning
  • Online participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses
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Online Option

During the 2020-2021 school year, Online Learning will be offered as an option that maintains more consistency and will be unaffected by the level of community spread of COVID-19 in our area (one exception being Virtual Academy Plus in-person opportunities).


ONLINE LEARNING: Students only attend classes online from home on a structured schedule using a digital platform. Affton staff members will maintain connections and support students working independently on core and elective courses. Participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses.


What does this look like for my student?

  • Students in grades 3-5 will be issued a Chromebook for learning at home

  • Students work independently on core and elective courses using an online learning platform

  • Affton staff members will maintain connections and support students

  • Participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses

ONLINE LEARNING PLUS: Students attend classes online from home on a structured schedule using a digital platform with scheduled times onsite at school to access specific resources, courses, supports, and activities. Affton staff members will maintain connections and support students working independently on core and elective courses. Participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses.


What does this look like for my student?

  • Students in grades 3-5 will be issued a Chromebook for learning at home
  • Students work independently on core and elective courses using an online learning platform
  • Students can choose to be at school for specific learning opportunities. Examples include specials (Art, Music, PE, Makerspace) or support services for students who qualify (special education services, reading or math interventions, ELL, gifted)
  • Please note that when schools are closed for 100% Distance Learning, in-person opportunities for Virtual Academy Plus students will not be available
  • Affton staff members will maintain connections and support students
  • Participation is necessary for attendance requirements and grading policies will apply to the scheduled courses

Choose Your Learning Option

From July 20-26, you can choose how your student will attend Affton School District by selecting a learning option: In-Person, Online, or Online Plus. Please log in to the Parent Portal, click on the Parent tab, and indicate your learning choice and transportation need for each child in your family by July 26, 2020. As a reminder, your email address is your login name, and you can click Forgot Password for it to be sent to you.


It’s essential that parents make these choices in a timely manner so we can plan accordingly for teachers, staff, and classroom/course enrollment to support our students. We know these decisions will be challenging, so we’ll do our best to help by providing the details you’ll need to make an informed decision. Families of returning Affton School District students who do not select an option for each of their students by July 26, 2020, will be automatically enrolled in In-Person Learning and will be opted out of bus transportation.


For assistance with logging in, please contact sonkle@afftonschools.net.