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2020-21 Kingsport City Schools Remote Choice Learning Information

Kingsport City Schools first day of school is Monday, August 10, 2020. 
 
For the 2020-21 school year, Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is offering students the option to attend their zoned school for Face-to-Face (F2F) in-person learning or participate in Remote Choice Learning 2020 (RCL2020), where students will access their curriculum at home via the internet.  With either option, all students are expected to progress academically.
 
This document reviews the procedures and expectations for families who choose RCL2020 through Kingsport City Schools for the 2020-21 school year.  For the purposes of this document, "Remote Choice Learning" is defined as distance learning, or learning that is completed using the internet to access online, vendor-provided digital instruction.  Families should understand that this Remote Choice Learning is NOT the same as home schooling. Home schooling is a program offered by the state and home-school students must dis-enroll from Kingsport City Schools.
 
Questions?  Email us at info@k12k.com.
 
For planning purposes, parents/guardians were asked to select the Face-to-Face (F2F) in-person learning option or Remote Choice Learning 2020 (RCL2020) option for their child by Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by midnight.
 
 
A digital form to select the Fall 2020 learning choice for your child is available by clicking here. Student Learning choices must be made by Tuesday, July 21, 2020 for planning purposes. Please complete one form for each student in your family. If a form is NOT submitted for your child, then they will default to traditional F2F learning.
 
  • You will be asked to provide information about internet connectivity and device availability at home.
  • You will be asked about your availability to support your child/children’s learning at home.
  • You will be asked other questions about grade levels, current school zone, special education or English Language Learning status, etc.
 
Students in grades K-8 who select Remote Choice Learning will be required to continue in the remote setting for the entirety of a nine-weeks period before having the option to switch to in-person learning. The deadline to notify KCS in writing if you wish to switch to in-person learning after the first nine weeks is Friday, October 2, 2020.
 
Students in grades 9-12 who select Remote Choice Learning will be required to continue in the virtual setting for the entirety of the fall 2020 semester before having the option to switch to in-person learning. The deadline to notify KCS in writing if you wish to switch to in-person learning after the fall semester is Monday, November 30, 2020.
 
Once the application period has closed and applications have been reviewed, the family will be notified via email. Information regarding registration, orientation, and course selection for grades 6-12 will be included in the email.
Orientation for families will be available in-person or virtually.  The student and at least one adult family member will be required to participate in the orientation.  Students are required to participate in an orientation to ensure they can properly access their device and receive their online learning login information.  Failure to participate in the orientation may result in the student’s registration defaulting to traditional F2F.
For Students
Digital learning classes offered online provide an alternative to F2F classes and can be beneficial for students for various reasons.  However, not all students find online classes to be the best fit for them.  Please note that the younger the student, the more support is needed from families at home.  Students who are the most successful in online classes have independent time management skills, self-discipline, adult support from home, and are willing to seek additional help for themselves as age appropriate.
 
Students
  • Actively engage in the learning platform daily.
  • Stay on track with the assignment schedule.
  • Meet assignment deadlines.
  • Seek help immediately if they are experiencing technical difficulties.
  • Attend required in-person testing sessions at their base school.
  • Adhere to all requirements in the KCS Responsible Use Policy (RUP).
 
For Families
Families play a significant role in the successful online learning of the student.  Depending on the age of the child, some students will be able to work independently through online coursework and assignments, while others will need more support. Below is some information to help your student be successful in this new learning environment .
 
  • Grades - Check grades and progress regularly through the online platform.
  • Communication - Communicate with your student’s teacher(s) via email. Teachers facilitating RCL2020 will also have office hours online for additional help.
  • Support– Even though the delivery method is different in an online environment, the intended outcome of student learning is the same.  Please ensure academic integrity by appropriately assisting your student with their assignments and activities.
  • Progress - We encourage families to become familiar with the online platform and learning management system within your child’s account.  This is the best way to stay updated on classroom work, progress, and achievement.
Students will be most successful if they complete online coursework daily and students must make weekly progress toward passing their courses. Attendance will be tracked weekly for each course and students will be expected to submit assignments and work on regularly scheduled KCS school days. Courses contain recorded videos and are self-paced, so students may work on them at times in addition to the regular school day. KCS teacher support will be live during regular school hours and students are welcome to message them through Odysseyware on weekends or at night with the understanding that they may not receive a reply until the morning of the next school day.

Students participating in the RCL2020 are considered KCS students and will remain enrolled in their base school.

All families will need to pick up first day paperwork when they pick up their devices. First day paperwork will need to be completed and returned within one week.

Students must make progress in the assignments and stay on track to complete the courses on time. Due to the flexible nature of online learning, students may work ahead for the week in a subject if they choose. The goal is for the student to complete approximately 20% of the weekly assignments per day reaching 100% of the assignments before the deadline at 11:59 pm on Friday night. For example, if a student completes 60% of the work, then the student would be counted present for three (3) days that week. A parent/guardian must provide excuses for the two absences just as if the student were a face-to-face student.

Excessive absences, whether in the online platform or in scheduled virtual meetings with the teacher(s) can result in the student and parent having to appear before the Sullivan County Juvenile Court. Student attendance in online learning is required by the State of Tennessee in all grades, classes, and courses. Kingsport City Schools Attendance Policy including the Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan can be found HERE. As of June 22, 2020, the expectation for remote learning from the State of Tennessee is that kindergarten students spend about 4 hours per day engaged in their courses and that students in grades 1 - 12 spend about 6.5 hours per day engaged in their courses. Note that level of engagement does not equate to equivalent hours of screen time as some activities can be completed offline.
 
As of June 22, 2020, the expectation for remote learning from the State of Tennessee is that kindergarten students spend about 4 hours per day engaged in their courses and that students in grades 1 - 12 spend about 6.5 hours per day engaged in their courses.

While assignments and quizzes are for the most part online activities, not all activities must be completed online. Activities and assignments for elementary students that do not have to be completed on the computer include independent reading and guided reading by a family member, physical activity outdoors, writing assignments, math problem practice, and science exploration and play. For middle and high school students, activities that do not have to involve screen time include independent reading, writing, working math problems, science labs and experiments, and physical exercise.
Device Information
Students in grades 6-12 will receive a KCS device to use (if they do not currently have one at home already). Any K-5 students who do not have a device available to them at home whose families choose RCL2020 for this year are eligible to request a KCS device to use by contacting their student’s base school. Families and students will be expected to sign the KCS Responsible Use Agreement (RUP) and the Google Apps for Education Agreement (GAFE) prior to receiving a KCS device.
 
Internet Access
Dependable, secure internet access in the student’s home is a necessity for accessing online content.  A data plan on a cell phone will not substitute for internet accessibility on a device.  This summer, KCS has been working to expand the Wi-Fi umbrella over every school to extend out to the parking lots.  When complete, families will be able to drive to any school and download classwork via the KCS network from the safety of their vehicle, return home, and work on their assignments.  When the student has completed his/her work, they can then return to the parking lot and remain in their vehicle to upload those assignments.  Families accessing Wi-Fi using this method will need to decide if this solution will work for their child.
K-12 curriculum in core content, wellness, and some related arts will be delivered virtually through a third-party online course provider.  Odysseyware is the anticipated vendor (pending contract approval) with local support for students and families by KCS teachers.  For grades 6-12, a limited course catalog will be available.
 
  • The RCL2020 curriculum for the 2020 - 2021 school year is Odysseyware. Odysseyware is self-paced and nationally accredited by AdvancED. Lessons include video instructors that students and families can fast-forward, pause, or rewind, and watch again and again if wanted. Odysseyware units are self-paced. Some additional information can be found by clicking here.
    Students can also receive extra help and have questions answered on school days by KCS teachers. KCS teachers will be available via email or a Google Meet. They will also host office hours during the day where students can virtually drop in and see the teacher via webcam.
    • Courses for K - 5 grade students:
      • Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
    • Courses for 6 - 8 grade students:
      • ELA 6, 7, or 8, Math 6, 7, or 8, Algebra I, Geometry, Science 6, 7, or 8, History & Geography 6 or 8, World Civilizations 7, Career Explorations I, Career Explorations II
    • Courses for 9 - 12 grades students:

Subject

Grades 9 - 12 Courses Available

English

English I, English II, English III, English IV

Math

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Probability and Statistics or Bridge Math (note that Bridge Math is a Grade Results course, not an Odysseyware course)

Science

Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Social Studies

World History, Government, Personal Financial Literacy, Economics, U.S. History Reconstruction to Present, World Geography

Foreign Language

Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3

Wellness/PE

Health Education; Physical Education

Fine Art

Art History, Music Appreciation

Electives

Psychology, ACT Test Prep

CTE

Office 2013 Applications I Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, & Publisher

Office 2013 Applications II Microsoft Excel and Access

Principles of Business and Finance

Small Business Entrepreneurship

Technology and Business


Corrections: Policies and Procedures

Fire and Emergency Services

Law Enforcement Field Services


Intro to Careers in the Health Sciences

Careers in Allied Health

Forensics: Using Science to Solve a Mystery


Food Safety and Sanitation

Marketing and Sales for Tourism and Hospitality

Planning Meetings and Special Events

 
  • No courses in Odysseyware are currently designated as Advanced Placement (AP) or honors.
Remote learning for the 2020-21 school year will look different from the emergency virtual learning that took place during Spring 2020.  Online course content will be provided by a third-party vendor.  However, KCS teachers will provide online office hours for additional support.  KCS teachers will provide office hours for online help, conduct phone or email check-ins, take attendance, provide tech support, and offer other general assistance to students with their online coursework.  It is the student’s or family’s responsibility to contact the support teacher or inform them that he or she will be attending office hours or needs tutoring.
 
Families are expected to establish routines and expectations for their child to work on school assignments daily.  Families need to encourage their child to exercise and be active.  Families need to pay attention to their child’s stress, worry, or feelings of isolation and seek help when needed.  Families are expected to inspect their child’s coursework, grades, and communications with teachers so that they do not fall behind in their academic work.
Remote Choice Learning students paying tuition to attend KCS will continue to pay their regular tuition rate, but there is no additional fee for RCL2020.  KCS students living within the district boundaries do not have to pay a fee for RCL2020.
Grading
Grades will be assigned for all courses based on student work and will follow the student should they return to a physical building for in-person instruction.  Students will earn numeric and letter grades which will become part of their permanent academic record and official transcripts (for high school courses).  All grading guidelines for RCL2020 classes mirror the traditional courses taught in our school buildings.  All KCS Board policies are followed related to progress reports and report cards.  School grades will be posted from RCL2020 to the child’s traditional school.  Final grades will be recorded on the student’s final transcript.
 
Testing
State testing (TCAP) is required for all subjects in grades 3-8 and the following high school subjects: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, U.S. History, and Biology.  The testing schedule will be set and delivered to families no later than two weeks prior to the first day of testing.  All testing will be completed at each student’s base school. Testing at home is not available from the state at this time and will require in-person attendance by the student.  By KCS Board Policy 4.700, student scores on the TCAP in grades 3-8 comprise 15% of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in math, reading/ELA, science, and social studies.
 
All 11th grade students are required to take the ACT at their base school or provide documentation they have already taken the ACT.  The ACT is a state test and all administration protocols are requirements of ACT, not KCS.  ACT testing at home is not available from ACT at this time and will require in-person attendance by the student.
 
High School End-of-Course (EOC) tests are required and student scores will be included in students’ final grades with a weight of 15% of the student’s final average (KCS Board Policy 4.700).

Kingsport City Schools will utilize the cube-root methodology for calculating quick score percentages in determining the weighting of TCAP and EOC scores in a student’s final grade (KCS Board Policy 4.700).
 
Students in kindergarten and first grade may be required to attend school in-person on scheduled days for periodic assessments of their foundational reading skills.
 
Any student who has an active IEP or a 504 will receive testing accommodations at their base school as stated in their most recent IEP/504 plan.
 
Academic Integrity
Academic integrity applies to all KCS students in all classes whether in-person or remote.  School assignments and assessments submitted must be based on a student’s original ideas and work.  Plagiarism and cheating may be grounds for dismissal from RCL2020.
Delivery of remote instruction may look different depending on grade, content, and specific needs of the student. Families of students who have an active IEP or 504 may need to work with the Directors of Special Education, Homebound, and ELL when choosing the Remote Choice Learning option.  Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) interested in consideration for RCL2020 should submit the digital form by clicking here.  Additionally, an IEP meeting will be scheduled for the IEP team to discuss what services can be provided and how those services will be provided for the student.  Services will be determined by the IEP team to accommodate the specific learning needs of each student and will be provided following the IEP to the maximum extent possible.
Involvement in athletics can be an important part of a student’s school experience.  When school opens for the 2020-21 school year, KCS will take precautions to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, therefore group gatherings and activities will be limited.  Students will be able to try out for school athletics at their base school. Students may also participate in any after-school activities after regular school hours as long as all school guidelines, including COVID-19 guidance are met.
Kingsport City Schools reserves the right to remove a student from RCL2020 for reasons not limited to lack of attendance, RUP violation, plagiarism/academic misconduct, etc. Families will be notified in writing of the intent to remove the digital learning choice. If the student does not return to their base school for in-person learning or register as a homeschooled student within 15 days of the written notification, the student may be considered truant and referred to court.