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Frequently Asked Questions

Information regarding reopening of schools in Ohio, as well as guidance on health and safety protocols such as masks, social distancing, and isolation/quarantine is subject to change. This is the most recent information and reflects our plans at the time of release. We encourage families choosing Option A: Face-to-Face Instruction to recognize that these could be subject to change as guidance and directives from state and local health agencies, and/or the Ohio Department of Education, changes before or during the school year.   
UPDATED:  8/5/2020 *changes highlighted*

SCHOOL SCHEDULES

Why did Dover start students in grades 4-12 on a different plan than grades K-3?


Reopening schools in the best way possible guided by the most current health and safety information and requirements was the goal of the district. Given our class sizes, physical building space, and staffing levels at K-3, we felt we could use all of the available space to socially distance as much as possible and bring our youngest learners back to school daily for as long as possible.  

 

After exploring all options, and applying the same considerations of  class sizes, physical building space, and staffing levels at grades 4-12, we were unable to meet those standards at the same level.  As the school year develops, we will continue to monitor this and, if and when they can be met in a way that is safe for our students and our staff, we will continue to re-evaluate.  


Why did the daily time schedules change for the schools?  

Two factors influenced the daily time changes: 


(1) Changing Dover Avenue (grades 4-5) to an earlier start providing more equal distribution of ridership across the bus routes.  This allows us to limit students to a max of 2 per seat and still provide transportation within our current (1-mile) boundaries for all students, including high school students. An alternative considered was state-minimum transportation, which we did not want to do at this time.


(2) We run two “regular routes” in the morning and in the afternoon. The time changes allow for extra time for the bus to be more deeply cleaned between those two routes, both in the morning and afternoon.

 

Can families choose what option is best for them?

The choice that we have worked hard to provide to parents is (A) Face-to-Face Instruction or (B) 100% Online Instruction. 

 

Will groups for A2: Modified Face-to-Face Learning be decided soon? Will you attempt to keep families on the same schedule?

Final decisions will be made in August and communicated by the principals after the 100% Online Enrollment is completed.  Principals are working on this now in effort to keep families on the same schedules within and between different schools.  


All schools are starting with last names A-L attending on Mon/Thurs, and last names M-Z attending on Tues/Fri.  


We know there will be a few exceptions to this due to, but not limited to, families with children with different last names; special education needs, gifted student services; speech and language needs; and other factors.  Parents will be provided a survey to provide information to principals.  


We are not able to take requests for specific schedules; however, we will be generating a list of families who are interested in changing days if there is a need to better balance the schedule. Those details will be in the parent form available to parents on Wednesday, July 29, and parents will be contacted directly if that is the case.  


What time can I drop my child off at elementary school?

Staff will be outside to monitor student drop-off at 8:55 am at South (K-1) and East (2-3).  At Dover Avenue, students can begin being dropped off at 7:35 am. Preschool students should work directly with the preschool teacher for instructions. 


Will there be child care offered before or after school?

No. We have not provided this in the past and it is not a service that we will be adding at this time.  


Will there still be recess at the elementary schools?

Yes. Recess will be provided. As possible, students will be kept with their classes for recess and physical education.  The number of students on the playground at one time will be limited, if possible. Playground equipment will be sanitized as frequently as possible between groups of children but no less than twice a day.  Students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after recess.


Will back-to-school events still be happening? 

Most back-to-school events will be virtual to limit large group gatherings.  Individual schools will communicate how they will handle schedule pick-ups, meet the teacher events, etc.


What will food service look like in schools this year? 

To start the year, breakfast and lunch will be served in the classrooms as needed. We are still working on the details of this plan at each school, but it is likely that students will “order” in the morning and then eat their ordered meals in the classroom. This will look different at each school.  


I’m trying to decide between Face-to-Face Instruction and the 100% Online Option.  Can you give me a general sense of what a daily elementary schedule might look like?

For sure! We see how this could influence your decision so we will provide the best “general overview” for each school. We have asked each elementary school principal to give us a general sense of, as of today, how they see the day looking at their school. As we have already seen in some of the state-level changes just since our initial release of the plan, we all know that this could change due to local changes or those outside our circle of influence. Parents choosing the Face-to-Face option should prepare for all three scenarios (A1-A3) as well as necessary modifications once school gets started.  

SOUTH SCHOOL/EAST SCHOOL:

Upon arrival, students will go directly to the classroom. Students will remain with one teacher and one group of students throughout the day. 

Students will still have Resource Classes. PE (Gym) classes will be held outside as much as possible. Music, Library and Art teachers will come to the classroom instead of students travelling there. 

To start the year, students will eat breakfast and lunch with their class in the room. 

Students will have recess, but teachers will take their classes to recess on a rotating schedule in effort to minimize contact with other groups. 

Masks are required on all buses, in common areas, and other areas where social distancing cannot be maintained, including but not limited to the time between drop-off/arrival and getting to their classroom, as well as leaving their classroom until they are off school property or exit the bus. Generally speaking, when students are in the classroom at their seats, they will not need a mask. Students will not need masks at outdoor recess. 

Frequent hand washing will be scheduled throughout the day. 

At the end of the day, students will wait in the classroom until their bus arrives. Students walking or being picked up will exit out of different doors to minimize traffic flow.  A more detailed parent “drop-off/pick-up” plan will be communicated to families closer to the start of school.

DOVER AVENUE:

Upon arrival, students will go directly to the classroom. A change at Dover Avenue for this year is that 4th and 5th grade classrooms will be “self-contained” to start the year.  This allows students to remain with one teacher and one group of students throughout the day, minimizing potential exposure to large groups of students, as well as building a community within each classroom.  We feel that teachers having one group of students will support the efforts to build deep, meaningful relationships between that teacher and family in what could be a challenging year of many changes--no matter which phase of Face-to-Face Instruction we are in. Teachers will still “team” together to plan and organize lessons to ensure consistency between classrooms. 

Students will still have Resource Classes. PE (Gym) classes will be held outside as much as possible. Music, Library and Art teachers will come to the classroom instead of students traveling there. These may be on a rotating schedule when Dover Avenue is in A2: Modified Face-to-Face Learning.

To start the year, students will eat breakfast and lunch with their class in the room. 

Students will have recess, but teachers will take their classes to recess on a rotating schedule in effort to minimize contact with other groups. 

Masks are required on all buses, in common areas, and other areas where social distancing cannot be maintained, including but not limited to the time between drop-off/arrival and getting to their classroom, as well as leaving their classroom until they are off school property or exit the bus. Generally speaking, when students are in the classroom at their seats, they will not need a mask. Students will not need masks at outdoor recess. 

Frequent hand washing will be scheduled throughout the day. 

At the end of the day, students will wait in the classroom until their bus arrives. Students walking or being picked up will exit out of different doors to minimize traffic flow.  A more detailed parent “drop-off/pick-up” plan will be communicated to families closer to the start of school.

 

Will Core+More  be offered at the middle school during plan A2?

Not in the way it has been in recent years. Small-group interventions will likely occur through a combination of resource classes and inclusion classes., as well as additional online support and potentially live support with intervention specialists while learning from home.

 

Will there be class switching between classes?

There will be class changes between subjects and periods at Dover High School.  There will be limited class changes at Dover Middle School.  Teachers will come to the groups of students for direct instruction, instead of students going to them.  There will not be class changes at Dover Avenue, East, or South.  Students in grades K-5 will be in self-contained classrooms and Resource (gym/art/PE) teachers will come to those rooms.

 

Will students still have classes such as band, orchestra, and choir?

Yes, students at DMS/DHS will still have music classes as best possible.  Principals are currently working with our music staff of the best way to do this given the size of some of those groups.  They will be communicating details closer to the start of the school year. 

 

How will this schedule work for a student attending Buckeye Career Center? 

School counselors will work with students and parents to find the solution that best fits each student. We encourage families to reach out to their child’s school counselor at the high school.

 

How will the 2 day a week schedule affect College Credit Plus courses offered onsite at Dover?

CCP courses will still be offered as we are able to meet guidelines for these classes even with a modified schedule. As most college courses typically meet two days a week, this experience, along with the remote learning, will give our students a true feel of a college course right in their own high school. 

 

Will high school lab-based science classes meet both periods on those days they are in session? 

Yes, in the A2 Modified Schedule plan, labs will meet both periods of the days that students are in session.

 

In any class that has lots of hands-on activities, like science, music, art, and engineering, will the in-class days be used for more hands-on and virtual days be used more for the lecture? 

Yes, the goal in these classes will be to maximize our use of time together to do activities that cannot be done online.  We know these are critical parts of a student’s learning and will work to balance our face-to-face and remote learning in this way.

PHASES OF FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING (A1-A3): USE OF THE OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM

What are the specific details/indicators that will determine movement  between the three levels of A: Face-to-Face Learning (A1-A3) as the school year unfolds?


The one thing we know for certain this year is to expect change.  We are working to be honest and transparent with our community in sharing that we will need to adjust and adapt to changes this school year.  If a family chooses (A) Face-to-Face Instruction,  it is reasonable to expect that we will use all three phases within the model at some point during the year. We strongly encourage families to have a plan for all three phases if they choose Option A:  Face-to-Face Instruction. 

 

As highlighted in the district’s quick reference “Responsible Restart Plan,” this chart will guide the decisions of a district. 

 

If the county’s level in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System were to change to Yellow (Active Exposure and Spread), we would likely return to A1.  In Orange (Increased Exposure and Spread; Exercise High Degree of Caution), we will make a local decision to operate in A1 or A2.  Considerations will include the length of time in a certain “color” as a county, exposure/spread within our schools and community, and the guidance and advice of our local public health officials.  

 

If our county is identified as Red (Very High Exposure and Spread; Limit Activities As Much as Possible), it is reasonable to expect that we will be operating in A2.   If Tuscarawas County moved into Purple (Severe Exposure and Spread; Only Leave Home for Supplies and Services), it is reasonable to expect the district will have to move to a Remote Learning delivery model.  The question below regarding changes between the levels may also be helpful.

 

We understand that the district will likely need to use all three stages of Face-to-Face learning (Option A) during the year.  How will families be notified of this and will the changes be immediate?


This is a rapidly changing situation, so we will provide the best possible answer we have today. As of now, the county levels are updated on Wednesdays and released to the public on Thursdays. We would be considering changes for the following week -- not the next day.


If we were to move “up” a level (ie Red to Purple), we would give strong consideration to changing delivery models the following week as needed.  If the county were to move “Down” a level (ie Red to Orange), we may make the decision to switch the following week or wait it out a week to see if indicators suggest it will remain.  We will work in conjunction with local public health officials to get insight, guidance, and recommendations as well.  


We understand that changing schedules is as difficult for families as simply managing any of these scenarios.  We will work to minimize that and not be switching as much as possible. Families will be notified by traditional direct-communication methods including email, phone call, and text message. 


Why are the other school districts in Tuscarawas County able to send all students either four or five days each week yet Dover cannot do the same? What numbers do we need to be down to for us to go A1?  


Each school district in the county, as across the state and nation, had to take all available information and make the best decision given their district facilities, program design, staffing levels, transportation, technology, special services, and a multitude of other factors. Each is unique, and we respect that.

 

If the county’s level in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System were to change to Yellow (Active Exposure and Spread), we would likely return to A1.  In Orange (Increased Exposure and Spread; Exercise High Degree of Caution), we will make a local decision to operate in A1 or A2. Considerations will include the length of time in a certain “color” as a county, exposure/spread within our schools and community, and the guidance and advice of our local public health officials. 

 

As of the plan’s release, we announced we would open in A2: Modified Face-to-Face based on district choice and the recommendation of the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Given all of the information we have as applicable to Dover Schools, we felt this was the most transparent answer we could provide our families for their own planning purposes.  However, at that time, we recognized that we are still more than a month away from students’ starting school. This will be continuously monitored and modified as needed.

 

Did you consider moving some of the classes at Dover Avenue to another school (i.e. the high school) or a community facility to allow 4th and 5th grade students to attend all day and remain socially distant?

Yes, the administrative team considered many of these options for Dover Avenue students. One issue was a lack of additional teachers at the school to teach enough unique classrooms to reduce the number of students effectively.  Another was a concern about lack of resources such as technology, Resource class access (PE/Art/Music), and special education services.  We recognize the need for this age student to be in class as much as possible and will continue to keep that at the forefront of our decisions as situations change throughout the year.


The CDC recently released revised guidelines regarding "remote learning" and the value of face-to-face instruction for students. In light of this, does Dover plan to change their level to A1?

The district will continue to use all available resources, including the interpretation of those resources by state and local public health agencies, to make the best decisions possible for the district.  

 

Can you share the evidence provided by the Tuscarawas County Health Department for a recommendation for starting the year at a specific level?

 

As public school educators, we rely on local health officials as the experts in public health and safety.  On July 21, we requested a recommendation from the Tuscarawas County Health Department regarding a start level for the beginning of the school year. That recommendation was to open in A2, given the current public health information available.

REMOTE LEARNING IN OPTION A: FACE-to-FACE INSTRUCTION (A2 and A3)

Will the remote classes be held online at the specific time the class is scheduled? Will it be a live class with the teacher instructing? 

Remote Learning will look different than it did this spring during the emergency school closure period.  

During A2: Modified Face-to-Face Learning there will not be daily live classes, as teachers will be teaching the other group of students at that time.  Teachers will be seeing students twice a week, so the remote learning will be work that is assigned to students in between sessions, both online and in print text to return to the classroom.  Google Classroom will be the format and it may include online resources, recorded lessons, interactive activities with classmates, etc.  

During A3: Remote Learning, students can expect more live interaction with teachers at set times.  Teachers will be taking “attendance” via time spent on assigned tasks/projects/assignments, as well as interactions online.  Google Classroom will remain the platform for this instruction.

The district is currently in the process of submitting a required Remote Learning Plan to the Ohio Department of Education.  Sections of that plan include “Progress Monitoring” and “Attendance and Participation.”  The district is required to detail what our attendance requirements and grading policies are for remote learning, and that will be communicated to students and parents.  

 

Are the Dover Online Academy  and A3: Remote Learning the same program? For example, if my child chooses to go back to school face-to-face, but had to quarantine for 2 weeks for whatever reason, would he be following the same curriculum as the Online Academy, or is it a separate curriculum? 

No.  They are two completely different programs.  The curriculum available for the Dover Online Academy will only be available to students enrolled in that program.  Students in A3: Remote Learning will be working with their regular classroom teachers as described above.  

 

Will Dover be offering Chromebooks for students to use at home during periods of Remote Learning?

Yes. The district will have chromebooks available for students to check out from each school’s library for both short-term and long-term needs.

 

If I choose Option A: Face-to-Face route for my children and we are in the A2 phase of modified face to face, will the three days of remote learning be directed by the classroom teacher or the software used for the online academy?

Students in Option A will not have access to the software/curriculum used in the Dover Online Academy.  They will continue to work with their regular classroom teachers during periods of short-term or longer-term remote learning. 

 

For students who return to Face-to-Face schooling, if school moves to A3: Remote Learning via county status or a state shut-down, how will that Remote/Online Instruction be provided to all students? 

Remote Learning will look different than it did this spring during the emergency school closure period.  

During A3: Remote Learning, students can expect more live interaction with teachers at set times as possible. Teachers will be taking “attendance” via time spent on assigned tasks/projects/assignments, as well as interactions online.  Google Classroom will remain the platform for this instruction.

The district is currently in the process of submitting a required Remote Learning Plan to the Ohio Department of Education.  Sections of that plan include “Progress Monitoring” and “Attendance and Participation.”  The district is required to detail what our attendance requirements and grading policies are for remote learning, and that will be communicated to students and parents.  

 

Does the district plan to provide a computer/device and reliable internet for families during times of Remote Learning?  Are there enough devices in the district to provide one for each student?  

We will be able to provide a chromebook for students who need one to work from home.  We are not a 1:1 device district.

The district will not be providing Internet in homes for individual families.  However, we are working to identify public wifi locations, as well as expanding our district wifi access to areas around each school.  The district is also exploring all options for students to access district wifi and printers within the schools during certain times if the actual facilities are not closed by order of the Governor’s office, as was the case this spring.  

 

Does the district plan to reimburse or compensate families for internet costs or provide families with internet service in their home?

No. Personal home internet access is not an expense that the district will be reimbursing families for. We are exploring all options for students to access district wifi and printers within and around the schools, as well as the possibility of providing internet hot spots in areas within the community.

 

Will the district compensate families for the cost of child care during times of required closure and/or Modified Face-to-Face Learning (Remote Learning)?

Unfortunately, no. A family’s personal child care is not an expense that the district can reimburse.

MUSIC and EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Can students who opt for Option B: 100% Online/Dover Online Academy participate in and be involved in the music program?

Yes. All Dover students, including those in the 100% online option, can participate in extracurricular activities including marching band, ensembles, concert choirs and bands, Ars Nova, etc.  Music classes are considered co-curricular. However, for this year, we are working to provide some access to face-to-face music classes similar to the availability of these courses for Face-to-Face Instruction students for students in the Dover Online Academy. 


We know that music classes for all students will look very different this year, and due to the potential for classes to be split into smaller groups, this schedule will look different for students regardless of their program choice.  


Will 5th grade students still have opportunities for band and orchestra with the schedule change? 

Yes. Principals are currently working with our music staff to determine the best way to do this.  This program does not begin until later in the fall each year, so we are exploring all options to best make this happen.   We know that exposure to our instrumental and string music programs early has a benefit to the program and for students, and it is a priority to make this happen in some format during the school year.

HEALTH and PREVENTION PROTOCOLS

Will masks be required?

As of the August 4, 2020, direction of the Governor's Office and the Ohio Deptarment of Health, face coverings are required to be worn by students in grades K-12. This includes all district facilities and school transportation, including but not limited to the time between drop-off/arrival and getting to their classroom, as well as leaving their classroom until they are off school property or exit the bus.


Adjustments to this policy may be made as factors change throughout the school year, and families should consider this when selecting their schooling option for this school year. It is reasonable to expect that, if your family chooses A: Face-to-Face Learning for this school year, there will be times that your child will be required to wear a mask/face covering.

 

Medical exemptions for masks will be considered on the district form and with supporting documentation attached from a physician.


The district is working to provide one cloth mask to each student.  Students should plan to have at least two cloth masks as part of their back-to-school supplies and we ask that parents practice with their children now to learn to wear masks, put them on, and take them off safely. 

 

What is the definition of a mask/face covering?  Will gaiters be acceptable?

At minimum, face coverings should be cloth/fabric and be properly worn to cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin. Based on the information we currently have, gaiters (face coverings pulled up from around one’s neck area) will be permitted. 


Will students be required to wear masks at recess?

Our current plan does not require elementary students to wear masks during outdoor recess.


Will my child be able to use a locker at school?

At this time, lockers will not be used in some schools and classrooms. Additional information will be provided by building principals prior to the start of the school year, as this may look different at each school. The reason for this relates to locker usage forcing students to be in very close proximity for periods of time. 

 

With the possible limits on locker usage, will there be restrictions or allowances for students with backpacks and school lunch boxes?

Principals are currently looking at all options here and will be communicating with students and families closer to the start of the year.  Students will still need backpacks, and they will be permitted to bring lunch boxes to school.

 

Is PE/Gym still being offered at the high school and middle school? What precautions are being taken for social distancing if they are changing in the locker rooms? 


Yes, PE/Gym is still being offered at DMS and DHS. Principals will be working with teachers to determine locker room availability and, if used, how social distancing will be maintained. 


What type of social distancing procedures and monitoring will be in the hallways?

Principals are currently developing school-specific plans for hallway traffic that will maintain social distancing as much as possible. Although each school is unique, strategies will likely include staggered release times to reduce traffic, one-way traffic in certain hallways, wall and floor signage to facilitate social distancing, and reduced student class sizes in A2: Modified in schools where hall traffic is the greatest.  Students will also be required to wear masks in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained, which will likely include hallways during the beginning and end of the day, as well as during class changes as needed.


Will students still be lining up/congregating outside the doors in the morning? What measures are being taken to space them out during this time?

Students will not congregate and wait to enter in large groups as they have in the past. At all schools, students will enter school via assigned entrances and go directly to their classrooms. Principals will communicate more details with families with students and families in August. 


At Dover Avenue, are students still going to be moving every period, thus going to a new desk that was previously occupied by another student?

No. A change at Dover Avenue for this year is that 4th and 5th grade classrooms will be “self-contained” to start the year. This allows students to remain with one teacher and one group of students throughout the day, eliminating that need to switch classrooms, as well as minimizing potential exposure to large groups of students each day.


How is cleaning of the desks between classes at the HS being addressed, realizing students will have to switch for classes?

Classrooms will have hand sanitizer available to students upon entry and exit of classrooms. Teachers will be provided sanitizing supplies to clean desks between each class period.

How will safety drills (intruder, fire, tornado) be executed while still implementing as much social distancing as possible?

This is a question that we are working on right now and have begun conversations with our fire and police departments about.  We recognize that the current pandemic is not the only health and safety concern for our students right now and remain cognizant of the need to pay attention to all potential threats. We will keep parents informed as we have more information about what this might look like this year.

 

What social and emotional resources will be in place as students return?

We recognize the importance of providing students and staff with extra social and emotional support as they return to school this year. Expect to see extra time for building relationships and establishing new routines, and focus on coping strategies. 

 

Our school counselors and psychologists will be ready to assist students and staff in need of support. Additionally, school-based mental health professionals will be available and we’ll be sharing additional resources throughout the year.

STUDENT ILLNESS and EXPOSURE

What will happen if a student tests positive? Who all will have to quarantine?

We are providing a link to the most recent Tuscarawas County Health Department document that describes the process as it currently is. That document is available HERE, and we will work to provide the most recent, up-to-date information as we receive it. 

 

Will there be changes in the state and district attendance policy to reflect the possibility of one or more quarantine situations this school year?

Yes.  The district is currently in the process of submitting a required Remote Learning Plan to the Ohio Department of Education.  Section Three of that plan addresses “Attendance and Participation.”  The district is required to detail what our attendance requirements are for remote learning, as well as how we will document student participation in a way that constitutes attendance during times of remote learning due to student quarantine, isolation, or illness, as well as potential school-wide remote learning periods.

 

If a student is quarantined due to exposure to an individual to COVID, will they be able to use a district chromebook for their time at home?

Yes. Each school will have chromebooks available for students to check out of the library for short periods of time, whether that is the 2-3 days between face-to-face sessions to complete work in A2: Modified for grades 4-12, or for a longer period of time due to quarantine or illness.  

 

Will parents/guardians be notified if there is a confirmed case of COVID in my child's classroom or in my child's building?  

The Tuscarawas County Health Department will notify those parents that need to know about any COVID situation within their child’s school.

DOVER ONLINE ACADEMY

Is the Dover Online Academy the same program that would be used for the A3: Remote Learning stage of the Face-to-Face option?

No. The software described on our website at https://www.dovertornadoes.com/DoverOnlineAcademyInformation.aspx is NOT what we be utilized for students in the Face-to-Face program. Edgenuity and Odysseyware will only be used for students in the Dover Online Academy. If we needed to transition to A3: Remote Learning for all students, those classes would be taught by the regular classroom teachers that students had been assigned to in school.  Google Classroom will be the platform for A3: Remote and it will be a more structured version of what students experienced during the emergency shutdown this spring. 

 

I am comfortable with two days per week, but not with five. If I don’t register for the Dover Online Academy now, can I switch to the Online Academy if the district moves to A1 and is in session 5 days per week for all students?

Not immediately. The deadline for enrolling in the Dover Online Academy for the first semester is Wednesday, August 5.  That deadline is necessary for us to provide staffing for that program, as well as ensure we have appropriate staffing levels for all of our students in the Face-to-Face option. A student can transition in or out of the Dover Online Academy at the second semester, which begins Tuesday, January 19, 2021. There will be another registration window in December 2020 for families to opt in to or out of each option for the second semester.

 

We receive Free/Reduced Lunch at school. If we qualify again, can we pick up meals from the school?

Yes, you can!  As a fully-enrolled Dover student, if you qualify for free/reduced lunch, we will have a plan for you to pick up a student’s meals.  More details will be available at the orientation session.

 

If my family and I opt for 100% Online and the pandemic slows or we are ready, when can we enroll her back in face-to-face school?

A student can transition in or out of the Dover Online Academy at the second semester, which begins Tuesday, January 19, 2021. There will be another registration window in December 2020 for families to opt in to or out of each option for the second semester.

 

If we choose 100% online learning for the first semester, will it be a hard transition back to Face to Face learning if we decide to go that route for the second semester?

We will be working hard with all of our teachers to make sure that the pacing of the curriculum is similar between the Dover Online Academy and our Face-to-Face classrooms this school year.  While it will not be identical, it is a priority that when students transition back to Face-to-Face Learning, they will have been taught the same essential content that students were in the traditional classroom. 

Can you opt in for Option B: 100% Online after 1st semester starts?

Not for the first semester. The deadline for enrolling in the Dover Online Academy for the first semester is Wednesday, August 5.  That deadline is necessary for us to provide staffing for that program, as well as ensure we have appropriate staffing levels for all of our students in the Face-to-Face option.  There will be another registration window in December 2020 for families to opt in to or out of each option for the second semester, which begins Tuesday, January 19. 

 

Will the Dover Online Academy be taught by Dover teachers? When looking at Edgenuity it mentions Edgenuity instructors, so I wasn't sure. Will kids have routine check ins with the Dover teachers somehow if they aren't “teaching” the lessons?


Dover teachers will be the facilitators and actual teachers of the Dover Online Academy.  One option with the Edgenuity program is for schools to “outsource” the teaching or hire Edgenuity teachers.  This is NOT the option Dover is choosing.  We will be filling these roles with our own Dover teachers and your contact will be right here at Dover Schools. We know that is what our families want and the need to stay closely connected to Dover Schools is critical at this time -- both for families and for the district.  The question below may clarify this further.

If we choose Option B: 100% Online, will this be live classes at set times or prerecorded classes so the child can do classwork on a schedule that works better for working families? 

Option B, the Dover Online Academy, is probably the most flexible option for students and families who need that this school year. Most of the content/instruction is delivered via interactive video, demonstrations, and online content delivered in an asynchronous (not face-to-face) manner, giving families the flexibility to “do school” as it best fits.   This is learning that does not happen for all students at the same time, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—learning that is not being delivered in person or in real time. Asynchronous learning may also include a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence.

However, another way the teacher will contact students is through weekly Synchronous (or face-to-face) sessions such as interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions, or live presentations scheduled. Your teacher may schedule a synchronous session with your student or a small group. During this time the teacher will administer assessments, go over assignments, discuss grades and student progress with the student. For our youngest students especially, it is suggested that parents sit in on these sessions but allow the session to be run by the teacher. Be a silent observer during the session allowing the teacher and student to have a discussion. Make note of teacher tips and suggestions given to the student in order to reinforce those things at home. When the teacher is done with the student for that session, parents will have time to  ask any questions they may have.

 

Are there any school fees assessed for the Dover Online Academy?

The K-5 program has a $25 workbook fee. That fee includes all of the printed workbook materials that supplement the curriculum. This will also significantly reduce the amount of printing that would need to be done at home. 

 

My child received Title 1 Reading Services last year.  What will that look like if we choose the Dover Online Academy? 

For Title I Reading specifically, we are transitioning to a schoolwide title program this year; that was in process before the current pandemic situation.  So, those small-group services will look different both in Option A (Face-to-Face) and in Option B: 100% Online.  We will work to meet the needs of all students' reading levels both online and face-to-face.

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