BCSS Back to School 2020 FAQs

FAQs

  • Will meals be provided for virtual school students?

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    Yes, meals will be available for pick-up for virtual students.

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  • Will virtual students be required to attend school for state mandated tests?

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    Butler County School System has not recieved any guidance from the Alabama State Department of Education on testing yet. As soon as we are given guidance, we will post all information regarding state testing on our website.

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  • Will extended day programs be in place for the school year at all schools?

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    Yes, extended day (after-school) learning opportunities will be offered with the same safety guidelines that will be in place for the normal school day. However; please note that this may change in response to changes in new health orders and/or to new grant guidelines.

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  • What about transportation to and from school? What precautions will be taken on bus routes?

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    ·Windows of school buses will remain down, or slightly open in the case of rain or extremely cold weather, while students are being transported on the bus.

    ·Bus drivers or their designee will issue hand sanitizer to each student upon boarding the bus.

    ·It is best practice for students wear masks on the school bus.

    ·Bus drivers will clean their bus daily using the sanitizing system provided by the district.

    ·When possible, every effort will be made to maintain socially distancing on the bus.

    ·Siblings must sit together.

    ·Students will have assigned seats.

    ·Shields and masks will be provided for bus drivers.

    ·Bus drivers will wear a mask and/or shield while on their routes.

     

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  • Will students still be required to wear uniforms?

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    Yes, students will still be required to adhere to the BCSS Dress Code Policy.

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  • Will students enrolled in Virtual School be required to attend 8:00-3:00 or will it be self paced?

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    Our current plans are for grades 3-12 to be more flexible with the timing as those courses allow for students to advance through faster, if they want, than the pace recommended by SchoolsPLP and/or our teachers. Students in grades 3-12 also typically require less help from an adult on the virtual platform. Grades K-2 will be more teacher driven and will definitely need the help of an adult at home as these younger students are not as experienced as older students with devices and online learning. While we do plan to be as flexible as possible with day to day timing of assignments, there will be deadlines for course completions and grading. Also, regardless of the grade level, there will likely be some specific dates/times that students will be required to be online with a teacher. As we've shared before, these plans are definitely subject to change as we get a clearer picture of how many students will be participating in our virtual program.

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  • If enrolled in virtual school, can a student transfer back to traditional?

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    If a student begins with this method of instruction, he/she will not be able to change to the traditional learning until the end of 1st Semester, January 15, 2021.

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  • Will virtual students be able to participate in extracurricular activities like sports, band, etc.?

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    Yes

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  • What will the virtual program look like?

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    That very much depends on the number of students who sign up for virtual.  If a large number of students sign up, we plan to have the online classes led by our teachers.  If a small number of students sign up, the program will likely be more independent study with a facilitator assigned to the courses to ensure students stay on track similar to how the ACCESS classes work at the high school level. SchoolsPLP will be the platform used for virtual students. For more information on the virtual curriculum, please click here.

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  • What will the in-person program look like regarding meals, hallways during class changes, etc.?

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    Lunchroom staff will prepare "grab and go" meals. Class changes will be structured in single file lines and no lockers will be issued. Masks are highly encouraged and could be required depending on State, County, or City mandates.
     
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  • What about Pre-K?

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    We do not plan to offer a virtual option for Pre-K. Bright Beginnings teachers will be contacting parents with more information.

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