K-8 South Park Cyber Academy Update

K-8 South Park Cyber Academy Update
Posted on 08/07/2020
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South Park K-8 Families:


When we unveiled our Health and Safety Plan and our educational vision for the 2020-2021 school year, we promised to remain flexible and adapt our plan when necessary to provide the best educational opportunities for our students while prioritizing the health of our students, faculty and staff.


Our tentative plan for the start of the school year for the Flex Learning Track remains a hybrid model of reopening where students will be grouped into either Hybrid Group A or Hybrid Group B. During five-day school weeks, students in Hybrid Group A will be at school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and students in Hybrid Group B will be at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When students are not at school, they will complete independent learning assignments and activities at home. The schedule for at-school days will be adjusted for weeks with scheduled holidays, in-service/clerical days, professional development days or Act 80 days. More information about our hybrid model of reopening is available in our Forward framework, which can be found by clicking here.


Administrators and teachers thoroughly reviewed our Cyber Education Track for K-8 students and are proposing a revised, enhanced model for the South Park Cyber Academy for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This new K-8 model utilizes only South Park teachers and South Park curricula. K-8 students enrolled in the South Park Cyber Academy will use the Canvas learning management platform to view instruction, receive assignments and interact with teachers and classmates. This is the same system that will be used by students enrolled in the Flex Learning Track.


The K-8 South Park Cyber Academy, under this new model, will blend synchronous learning (students and teachers are online at the same time, engaged in instruction and learning) and asynchronous learning (students complete assignments independently). All K-8 cyber course content, assignments and lessons will be created, planned and uploaded by South Park School District teachers. Teachers assigned to cyber courses at the elementary center and middle school will communicate their class schedules for students once the enrollment process is complete. When live, real-time instruction during a scheduled class is not occurring, K-8 teachers will be available to answer questions and provide support. K-8 teachers will also be available during scheduled office hours that will be outlined at the start of the school year.


Under this new Cyber Academy model, K-8 students enrolled in the South Park Cyber Academy will learn the same content and work on the same assignments as their classmates enrolled in the Flex Learning Track. Course pacing in the South Park Cyber Academy will mirror in-school course pacing. This allows a smooth transition to the Flex Learning Track should a student choose to switch out of the South Park Cyber Academy at the start of the second semester (January 2021) or if a student would need to be out of school for an extended period of time.


K-8 South Park Cyber Academy students still will receive district-issued Chromebooks and automatically will be enrolled in courses in the Canvas learning management platform. Canvas training for K-8 South Park Cyber Academy students will be provided.


Virtual office hours, contact information and schedule information will be provided to K-8 students and families by the designated cyber academy teacher.


K-8 students with IEPs and GIEPs will have updates made to receive itinerant support. A schedule will be provided by the case manager for special education teacher availability during virtual instruction. Gifted instruction will be facilitated virtually, and a schedule will be provided by the gifted education teacher.


K-8 students will be able to participate in all specials and exploratory classes as if they were enrolled in the Flex Learning Track. Those classes would be reflected on a cyber student’s schedule.


SOUTH PARK ELEMENTARY CENTER

A grade-level teacher will facilitate self-contained content consistent with the grade-level curriculum being taught to students participating in the Flex Learning Track.


Instruction may consist of synchronous learning, asynchronous learning and independent practice.


Participation in specials classes will be in accordance with the classroom teacher’s rotation schedule through the specials program.


SOUTH PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL

Students will receive instruction from teachers assigned to subject areas in each grade level. For example, a fifth grade student will receive instruction from the fifth grade science, social studies, ELA and math teachers.


Teachers will facilitate content consistent with the curriculum being taught to students participating in the Flex Learning Track.


All levels of middle school classes (for example, accelerated) will be available in the South Park Cyber Academy.


Instruction may consist of synchronous learning, asynchronous learning and independent practice.


The exploratory class rotation will run under the same cycle sequence and duration as the students participating in the Flex Learning Track. The exploratory teacher will provide a schedule of availability for each grade level.

The South Park Cyber Academy model for South Park High School students remains unchanged. Due to the number of courses offered at the high school and the various levels of those courses (college prep, honors, AP), it is impossible to provide a similar, comprehensive model to high school students. The South Park Cyber Academy courses for high school students will be asynchronous where students complete coursework when and where they choose while being responsible for progress. The high school courses, in partnership with Waterfront learning, will be administered by South Park teachers or contracted instructors. High school principals and/or staff will work with high school students and families during the course enrollment process.


Families still have the ability to enroll in the South Park Cyber Academy at any point during the 2020-2021 school year. Students enrolled in the South Park Cyber Academy may only switch to the Flex Learning Track at the start of the second semester (January 2021).  

Based on this additional information, K-8 families may now want to enroll their children in the South Park Cyber Academy even though the initial enrollment deadline has passed. We are reopening the cyber academy enrollment form until Monday, August 10 at 8 a.m. Click here to complete the initial enrollment form. 


If you have questions about the South Park Cyber Academy, please contact one of the individuals listed below.

Wayne Gdovic, Superintendent - wayne.gdovic@sparksd.org

Dr. Kevin Monaghan, Middle School Principal - kevin.monaghan@sparksd.org

Lynn Como, Middle School Assistant Principal - lynn.como@sparksd.org 

Dr. Rob Furman, Elementary Center Principal - rob.furman@sparksd.org

Kathleen Wooddell, Special Education Director - kathleen.wooddell@sparksd.org








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