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Switching Between Learning Options

Posted on: October 9, 2020
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Planning is underway for the second semester of this school year. In August parents picked their child’s learning option - either In-Person or in Eagle Online. Our Return to Learning Plan was designed to offer families flexibility to request to switch options at the semester break. If parents wish to request to make a change for their child, they must do so by filling out the Second Semester Decision Form. The deadline to request a change in learning option is Friday, October 30. 

If a parent wishes for their child to remain in their current learning option, they do not need to fill out the Second Semester Decision Form. Parents are asked to only fill out the form if they are requesting for their child to switch between learning options. Unless parents request a change, their child’s current status of learning In-Person or in Eagle Online will remain the same for the second semester. 

By following this timeline and deadline of October 30, we will review all requests and take action at the beginning of November. Our goal is to finalize and distribute schedules to our junior high and high school students by the time they leave for winter break on December 17. Elementary parents will receive confirmation of their student’s placement by December 17.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school. 

 

We have compiled the following questions and answers to help families understand this process:

Q: If I want my child to stay in their current learning option, do I have to fill out the form? 

A: No. Unless you request a change by filling out the Second Semester Decision Form, your child’s current status of learning In-Person or in Eagle Online will remain the same for the second semester. If you do not want to make a change you do not have to fill out the form.

Q. When does the first semester end and the second semester begin?

The first semester ends December 17, 2020. Students start Winter Break December 18 and return to school for the first day of the second semester Monday, January 4, 2021.

Q. Will all requests to switch between learning options be granted?

Yes. We will grant requests to switch between learning options based on class sizes and staff availability. By offering families the flexibility to request to switch between learning options at the semester break, a student’s schedule, class assignment, or teacher may change, whether that student requests a change in learning platform or not.  

Q: If I request that my child moves from one learning option to the other, what will their transition look like?

The benefit of our decision to offer Eagle Online as a learning platform means that students learning in our online option are on-pace with their In-Person peers, and vice versa. If a change in learning platform is made and granted, the transition should be relatively seamless. Both In-Person and Eagle Online learning options are taught by Milford teachers using our Milford curriculum.

Q. Will my student’s teacher or schedule change for the second semester even if I don’t request a change?

Yes, it may. In any other school year, students in elementary grades typically do not switch classrooms mid-year, but that may happen this year depending on the number of requests made from families to switch between learning options. By offering families the flexibility to request to switch between learning options at the semester break, a student’s schedule or class assignment may change, whether that student requests a change in learning platform or not.

Every effort will be made to keep students with their current teachers. However, we do not have the option of adding staff right now, so students may be assigned to a different teacher if a high number of requests are made to change learning options. 

At the junior high and high school level, if a request to switch is made from In-Person to Eagle Online, the change could result in a different schedule for the student based on availability of classes and staff. The student’s new schedule will most likely not look the same nor have the same teachers as the student’s current, In-Person schedule.

Q. What are the expectations for Eagle Online? 

Those who have chosen Eagle Online are expected to utilize technology, have internet connectivity, have at-home support, and be aware there are segments of self-paced, independent learning. 

Q. What about state testing? If I choose Eagle Online for my students will they be able to take their state tests at home? 

We do not believe the Ohio Department of Education will make adjustments to allow for state testing to occur at home. Most likely, Eagle Online students must come to one of our buildings to take their state tests.

Q. What is the deadline to request to change between learning options?

The deadline to fill out the Second Semester Decision Form is Friday, October 30. 

Q. Will we be able to change our mind and request to change learning options during the second semester? 

We are asking families to make this decision for their child for the entirety of the second semester. We will not be granting requests to change learning options after the October 30 deadline unless there is a documented medical reason, is a student with a disability, or if there is another exceptional circumstance that impacts the child’s ability to learn in their current platform. We reserve the right and have the responsibility to bring students back into the building to learn In-Person at any time if there are academic and/or attendance concerns in the Eagle Online learning option.