Return to Learning FAQs

Return to Learning FAQs
Posted on 08/06/2020
FAQs
Part 1: Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher joins Rhonda Benfield on School Matters to answer questions about returning to school. Part 2: Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher returns to School Matters to answer additional questions about returning to school.

 

Q. Will the children enrolled in full time remote learning through their school have access to real time, live lessons from teachers or will it all be recorded in advance?

A. There will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  Some will depend on the course. 


Q. Why are middle school students, whose parents have selected the remote learning option for them, not able to participate in athletics at the school their 6th and 7th grade year? I was also told that a student doing remote learning their 6th grade year would be ineligible to participate in athletics the following school year if they return to the school building due to them choosing the remote learning option this year.

A. Students will need to participate in face-to-face instruction to be eligible for athletics. If a student begins as a Remote-Only learner, they will be allowed to switch to face-to-face instruction and would be eligible once moving to face-to-face. A student’s eligibility for next year is not impacted by selecting Remote-Only for this year.

 

 Q. I chose remote only for my child. What are the guidelines and protocols to get my child setup for this prior to August 17th?

A. Schools are currently working on those schedules and should be finished in the coming days. Expect communication from your school the week of August 10th. If you have specific questions about your child’s enrollment, please contact the school directly.

 

 Q. What if a small child has trouble wearing a mask all day?

A. As required in the North Carolina reopening plans, all students and staff must wear a face covering (mask) while at school. Any exceptions will require a doctor's note.

 

Q. Will elementary students participate in specials or core subjects only?

A. Elementary students will participate in specials.

 

Q. Will the remote learning be live instruction by a teacher or just documents via Google Classroom?

A. There will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  Some will depend on the course.  Students and parents can expect a healthy blend of instructional strategies with remote learning.

 

Q. If you have more than one Child will they have the same school days?

A. Yes.

 

 Q. I’m not sure how to register my child to return.

A. Please confirm your child’s registration with his or her school. 

 

Q. My child needs iep classes... how is that going to work?

A. For specific IEP questions, please contact your child’s school.  IEP meetings will be set-up in the first several weeks of school for teams to discuss the best way to meet each child’s needs.

 

Q. What are our choices for our children going into the new school year?

A. 1) Blended Learning that includes 2 days of Face-to-Face instruction and 3 days of Remote Instruction  2) Remote-Only Learning that includes 5 days of Remote learning  3) Cleveland Innovation.  This is a remote only school and is intended for students that want remote-only instruction for beyond this school year.

 

Q. Who can talk to about Virtual Learning? 

A. Dr. Anita Ware is the district’s contact for Cleveland Innovation.  She can be reached by phone at (704) 476-8075 or by email at afware@clevelandcountyschools.org.

 

Q. Is the remote learning for the rest of the school year?

A. There will be Remote Learning options for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Q. Will plan B run all year or is it temporary?

A. We do not know how long we will be in Plan B.  As the restrictions and guidance changes, we will update our school plans.

 

 Q. If my child has been a student of the AIG (nurturing) the last two years will he still be able to receive that opportunity through remote learning with his base school?

A. AIG services will be offered to all qualifying students regardless of if they are Face-to-Face or Remote Only.

 

Q. If a parent chooses remote learning for their child will they be able to use a laptop from the school or will they need to provide one themselves?

A. Chrome Books will be provided by the school for Face-to-Face and Remote Only learners.

 

 Q. I have heard that even if my child has a medical note regarding masks from their pediatrician then they will still have to wear masks in school? Is this true? 

A. Masks must be worn by all students and staff unless they have a doctor’s note for a medical exemption.

 

 Q. How will student athletes' eligibility for participation in school-based athletics be affected by learning remotely versus learning on campus?

A. Students will need to participate in face-to-face instruction to be eligible for athletics.  If a student begins as a Remote-Only learner, they will be allowed to switch to face-to-face instruction.

 

Q. Are we able to change our preference from remote to hybrid or vice versa, and how?

A. Yes - parents will need to communicate with their school-based administrator.