We are asking all elementary (PK-6) families to fill out this form by December 1, 2020 to let us know the instructional model (in-person or E-Learning) preferred for your child(ren) for the remainder of the school year, beginning January 4. If you do not fill out this form, your child(ren) will remain in the instructional model they are currently enrolled in.
An update was provided to the School Board on October 26 including the need to pivot and create dedicated E-Learning teachers through the collapsing of one teacher per grade level (K-6) district-wide to instruct all E-learning students. Additionally, we informed the School Board we would be asking parents to determine if they prefer to have their child(ren) in an in-person traditional classroom setting or an E-Learning virtual classroom environment for the remainder of the school year, beginning January 4 - June 4.
The upcoming months will continue to require a flexible and fluid approach. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we do our best to educate all children to the best of our abilities with safety being a top priority during this pandemic.
This communication is intended to inform and describe the instructional options available to secondary students in grades 7-12 for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, beginning on Monday, January 25, 2021. Students will have the option of attending in the Blended Learning model or applying to the Online Learning Center for full-time E-Learning.
Option One: Blended Learning
- Blended learning is an educational model that combines traditional classroom instruction and E-Learning. Students maintain their secondary class schedule for second semester.
- In SPAPSD, the blended model is designed to have half of the secondary students in the building Monday and Tuesday and the other half in the building Thursday and Friday. For the days when students are not in the building, instruction is delivered through E-Learning, with Wednesday as an independent E-Learning day for all students.
- This model provides student contact time with teachers and face-to-face classes, creating more accountability and support for students.
Option Two: Online Learning Center (OLC)
- The Online Learning Center (OLC) has been an educational option for ten years in the Stevens Point Area Public School District. Historically, students enrolled in an OLC course for enrichment, to alleviate a scheduling conflict and/or to recover credit.
- Due to the need for full time online learning in the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, the OLC has expanded to allow students full time status. Some courses and curriculum in the OLC are offered through Wisconsin eSchool Network (WEN) and taught by local teachers or WEN teachers while some courses mirror the SPAPSD curriculum and are taught by local secondary teachers.
- From December 2 through December 15, 2020, parents/students in grades 7-12 have the option to apply to take all semester courses virtually through the OLC.
- Students opting for the OLC would discard their second semester schedule and would apply to the OLC using this application. A parent/guardian should complete this application with their student. Students enroll in 5 or 6 courses that they choose from the OLC Course Catalog. Please note that there are two tabs at the bottom of the catalog, one for grades 9-12 courses and one for grades 6-8 courses. Secondary administrators and counselors will review the applications to assure that the need and the course selections are correct and appropriate.
- Students/families should choose the OLC as an option if there are health concerns or extenuating family concerns that prevent the student from returning to the blended learning model.
- Students may apply for a singleton (one course) in the OLC; however, full time students will have priority.
- See the OLC website for more information: www.pointschools.net/olc