Grades 4-8 Virtual Academy (I.S)

Grades 4-8 Virtual Academy (Independent Studies)

 

For pupils in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, independent study includes a plan to provide opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year.

  •  Live interaction is defined as: Interaction between the pupil and school classified or certificated staff (and may include peers), provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness.  This includes but is not limited to wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services, and instruction.  This interaction may take place in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communication.
  •  Synchronous instruction is defined as: Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications, and involving live two-way communication between the teacher and pupil.
  •  Independent Studies is an alternative to classroom instruction consistent with a school district's course of study and is not an alternative curriculum.
  • Assignments are weeklong assignments and are comparable to a 5-day setting at a traditional school.
  • Weekly appointments allow for flexibility and eliminates time constraints; students will be on campus/via Zoom from 8:30am to 12:40pm on their appointment day.  
  •  Students spend a minimum of one day a week receiving synchronous instruction from highly qualified teachers.  
  •  Synchronous instruction is defined as: Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person via Zoom.
  •  Blended learning model is a mix of traditional instruction and curriculum delivered through instruction via digital and online media.
  • Daily live interaction will be during scheduled group intervention (between 1:20-2:20)
  •  Live interaction is defined as: Interaction between the pupil and school classified or certificated staff (and may include peers), provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness.  This includes but is not limited to wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services, and instruction.  This interaction may take place in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communication.

Legislation allowing for Distant Learning has expired.   Families interested in an alternative to face to face instruction, have the option of participating in Independent Study through Horizon Virtual Academy. 


In addition, students have the option to transfer back to their home school. Horizon will work to  transition pupils whose families wish to return to in-person instruction from independent study expeditiously, and, in no case, later than five instructional days.


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