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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Reopening Schools

The Learning Options survey has been closed.  We are currently creating schedules.  

If you need to make changes or have questions, please contact your child's school building directly.

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Reopening of Schools: Learning Options

 

Where can I find the Learning Options Survey? The survey is now closed.  Please contact your child's school.

Here are the links: 

The survey in English: https://forms.gle/QCxuDnDWWxfjrgiZ9

Enlace en Español: https://forms.gle/5ezxuS7MiVsKtFp3A

 

Will my child participate in the option I choose or is it a majority vote?

All children will have the opportunity for remote learning. The traditional or alternating schedule will be dependent upon surveys and state and local health guidance. 

 

Can I change my survey information if I have already submitted it and want to change my mind?  

Surveys were due July 14. We need all final decisions by July 24 and are contacting parents we have not yet heard from for their options. 

Remote Learning registrations can be a semester or year-long option.  Students will not be able to return to in-person classes until the semester is over. 

You may register to go Remote after July 14, but once you select Remote Learning, it is a commitment for the rest of the semester.

 

Is the answer we chose on the survey permanent? What if conditions change and we change our mind before school starts that maybe we want to go remote?

You may change your survey information until July 14, 2020. To ensure we have teachers where we need them (classroom versus Remote Learning Program), we need to know how many students will opt for the Remote Learning Program now. This is important because we want to build and maintain relationships with students and support them when they do return to classroom settings. 

You may register to go Remote after July 14, but once you select Remote Learning, it is a commitment for the rest of the semester.

 

Can I make my decision once I know what school will look like? 

Unfortunately, no.  Remember that however, school looks on the first day of the year (August 20), it may change in a month or even a week.  Given the current status of COVID in our community, it is safe to assume school will not “look normal” at the start of the year because even if we have in-person learning, there will be lots of precautions and protocols in place to protect students and staff.  

To ensure we have teachers where we need them (classroom versus Remote Learning Program), we need to know how many students will opt for the Remote Learning Program now. This is important because we want to build and maintain relationships with students and support them when they do return to classroom settings.

 

Will I lose my neighborhood school slot and be assigned to a different elementary school if I choose the remote learning option? 

No, all elementary students will continue to keep the neighborhood school they are currently assigned to attend.   

 

If I choose the remote learning option, can my student return to the classroom if conditions improve? 

Not until the following semester. For scheduling purposes, we are asking parents to commit to a semester (August 2020 until January 2021) or a full school year of remote learning instruction.  This assists with scheduling, staffing, and reduces capacity limits in the classrooms and building areas.

 



Remote Learning

 

What grade levels can participate in the Remote Learning Program? 

The Remote Learning Plan will serve students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. 

PreK will be in-person weekly Monday-Thursday. The class sizes are currently at nine students.  If the entire school or classroom is closed due to an outbreak, the teacher will be in touch with the parents about remote learning opportunities and enrichment activities.

 

How are students selected for Remote Learning? 

Parents are being asked to complete the survey to select if their child(ren) will return to school in-person (whether that is traditional or A/B alternating schedule or remote if schools are closed);  remote learning for a semester; or remote learning for the entire school year. 

 

Will there be grades or pass/fail? 

We will return to our traditional grading system.

 

Can students who are in Remote Learning classes participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes, students may participate in extracurricular activities at the school where they are enrolled.

 

If I choose online learning is my child going to be able to keep her concert choir and band placement?

Yes, we will are working with staff to find creative ways to ensure this can happen.

 

Special Populations & Student Needs

 

What about Special Education? Can a student with an IEP or 504 attend the Remote Learning program? 

Yes, if you are interested in the Remote Learning option, please select a one-semester or year-long commitment. Your child’s IEP team will meet to review and identify individual accommodations that will be necessary to support your child’s unique needs. 

 

What will happen to students that have IEP plans and need daily one on one instruction?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop appropriate supports to meet your child’s needs, with health and safety protocols in place.

 

Will Gifted and other services still be offered in the Remote Learning program? 

Yes, we will offer Gifted services to students who qualify. We will work with students at each grade level. 



Remote Learning Technology Questions

 

How do students get their Chromebooks and other supplies? 

There will be a pick-up date for parents to pick up Chromebooks and any other supplies needed for the remote learning program. This will be communicated by the school principal where your child is enrolled.

 

Will there be mobile hotspots available for families who do not have internet access?

Yes, families who do not have internet access may request a mobile hotspot.

There will be pick-up dates and training for families before the start of classes. 

For Technology Department assistance, please call the Hotline at 513-864-1162.

 

Who can I call for help?

For technology assistance, please call the Hotline at 513-864-1162.

 


 

Returning to Buildings: Traditional or Alternate Week Schedules (A/B Weeks)  

 

Health & Safety

 

Will every school have a full-time nurse? 

A nurse or health aid will be in each building.

 

How many people per classroom?

With an alternating week scheduled we will endeavor to limit elementary classes between 9-15 students. 

Our goal for secondary classes will be 15-19 students.

 

Why is it that 3rd graders and under don't have to wear a mask? 

This is the current guidance from the State of Ohio.  Third grade and up are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  We will be working on a district policy that may involve other grades.

All students riding school transportation will be required to wear a mask on the bus or in a van, regardless of their age/grade.

 

Will my child be able to use the drinking fountains?

All students will be encouraged to bring water bottles.

 

Will someone be enforcing all these rules (masks, social distance, etc.)?

All school expectations are reviewed at the start of the school year.  We will make sure that our students understand that this will keep everyone safe while at school.

 

Why is it that 3rd graders and under don't have to wear a mask? What was the criteria for that decision?

This is the guidance from the state.  Third grade and up are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  We will be working on a district policy that may involve other grades.

 

Can face shields be worn by children instead of masks? 

Face shields can be worn by children if developmentally appropriate.

 

 

Classroom / Scheduling 

 

Couldn’t teachers hold classes at the same time as normal classes virtually?  

Teachers and students assigned to remote only will have have a regular schedule for classes.  Students and teachers participating in the alternate week schedule will need more flexibility. 


With the flex schedule, how will the teacher have enough time to instruct kids in the classroom and online?

We will work with teachers to determine the planning time needs and the best way to serve students in this model.

 

When will we know when remote learning is live on Google Classroom or independent and/or project-based learning? 

Teachers will provide a weekly schedule.

 

If/when there is remote learning will there be grades or pass/fail? 

We will return to our traditional grading system.

 

How many students will be in each classroom?

With an alternating week scheduled we will endeavor to limit elementary classes between 9-15 students. 

Our goal for secondary classes will be 15-19 students.  

 

What is happening with Scarlet Oaks students?

Great Oaks will start the year on an A/B schedule.  Students will be divided into two groups, with the A group on campus Monday/Thursday and the B group on campus Tuesday/Friday, with Wednesday as a remote learning/remote assistance day for all.  Half of our juniors and half of our seniors will be on campus at a time.  With this schedule, lessons will be designed to maximize the amount of hands-on work that students have in their career lab while on campus.

The A/B schedule will be used for the first quarter, until Friday, October 16.  After that, our plan is to return to a full schedule, with all students attending every day (with masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning).

Please see the Great Oaks website at www.greatoaks.com

 

Special Populations & Student Needs

 

Will Special Education be at school 5 days a week? 

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop appropriate supports and services to meet your child’s needs, with health and safety protocols in place.

 

Will my child’s IEP be followed?

Each child’s IEP will be followed to the greatest extent possible, given the parent’s preference for learning option, as well as the most current health and safety guidelines. School teams and parents will develop a temporary remote learning plan to document any changes in services or accommodations that are needed if the student is learning in a remote setting (either parent choice, blended learning, or additional school closures). 

 

Is an IEP meeting or amendment required in response to COVID-19 related closures?

No, an IEP amendment is not required in response to COVID-10 related closures. Each student will have a remote learning plan developed with parents and school personnel to address any changes in services, accommodations, and modifications needed to address their needs remotely. 

 

Will we still have an annual IEP meeting or a reevaluation meeting this year?

Yes, all federal and state timelines will be followed. Students that were scheduled for a three-year reevaluation and each student’s annual IEP will be conducted. These meetings will be conducted virtually to comply with the guidance of limiting visitors in school buildings.

 

Can I ask for an IEP meeting to add/change services to my child’s IEP?

Parents can ask for an IEP meeting at any time to discuss their concerns. Staff will be monitoring progress on IEP goals and academic progress. This data will be used as the basis for any changes to the IEP that may be needed. 

 

Can a student with an IEP or 504 attend the remote learning program?

Yes, if you are interested in the Remote Learning option, please select a one-semester or year-long commitment. Your child’s IEP team will meet to review and identify individual accommodations that will be necessary to support your child’s unique needs.

 

What will happen to students that have IEP plans and need daily specialized instruction?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop appropriate supports to meet your child’s needs, with health and safety protocols in place.


Will students with disabilities be at school five days a week?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop an appropriate schedule for children to receive their supports and services to meet their needs, with health and safety protocols in place. An increase in face to face instruction is an option teams will consider.

 

What are teleservices? 

Teleservices are services provided remotely by special service providers in an educational setting, through the use of technology for assessment, intervention, and consultation. Princeton intervention specialists, related service staff, school psychologists, and paraprofessionals will be utilizing teleservices to students who are learning remotely.

 

My child struggles with transitions. What is being done to help students transition back to school?

The district is working to compile a list of resources parents can use to help their child transition back to school. This includes social stories on a variety of topics (social distancing, wearing a mask, handwashing, etc.), sample daily schedules, and strategies to support children at home. This will be available on the Princeton website.

 

My child receives a lot of services on their IEP. What will be prioritized if they are only in school part-time?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop an appropriate schedule for children to receive their supports and services through in-person services and teleservices to meet their needs, with health and safety protocols in place. These decisions will be documented in a remote learning plan and a prior written notice.

 

What if my child can’t wear a mask due to their disability?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review any specific needs your child may have upon returning to school. These needs and possible accommodations will be documented in a prior written notice. 

 

What should I do if my child isn’t making progress on their IEP goals?

Staff will be monitoring progress on IEP goals and reporting this on IEP progress reports per the IEP. This data will be used as the basis for any changes to the IEP that may be needed. Parents can contact their child’s intervention specialist to discuss any concerns about progress.


My child uses a school-provided device for communication and/or access to their instruction. If my child is learning remotely, will they have access to it when they are at home?

Yes, your child’s school team will make arrangements for the device to be available at home when the child is accessing services and will provide parents with consultation on how to support their child with the device.