As part of the move to Plan A and increased in-person instruction, families will have the option to switch between Full Remote Academy (FRA) or in-person learning. The new calendar for middle and high school students will begin on April 12. If parents and families do not wish to make any changes to the their assigned learning plan, no action is required.
The final decision deadline is April 1, 2021.
Students will maintain full access to rigorous and engaging curriculum and instruction from home.
The curriculum offered in the Remote Academy is the same curriculum offered to our students who receive instruction in-person.
“Remote” versus “Virtual” - Virtual learning can and often does occur at school. By comparison, “Remote” learning will not require students to come to school in order to have access to learning.
Requests for students grades pre-K-12 to switch between in-person and FRA can be made by submitting a Parent Change Request form which can be found on your school's website or by contacting your school directly.
Families are strongly encouraged to submit change requests by March 26, 2021.
Your child will have structured synchronous learning time on a consistent daily schedule, as well as asynchronous activities that can be completed on a schedule that works for your family.
Synchronous learning time is live instruction with a teacher. Live instruction with a teacher will make up approximately 30-40% of your child’s day (around 2 hours), and will prioritize relationship building, opportunities for interacting with peers and new learning, and personalized support.
Asynchronous learning time will consist of a combination of the elements below and can be completed throughout the day on a schedule that works for your family. These elements will appear for students of all ages in developmentally appropriate ways. Asynchronous learning will make up approximately 60-70% of your child’s day (around 4 hours). Asynchronous learning opportunities will include:
Recorded instruction by your child’s teacher or CMS specialists;
Assigned activities (either digital or hands-on) to build skills or knowledge or practice and reinforce learning; and
Reading (assigned and personal choice reading).
In K-8, teachers in the Remote Academy will be committed to that option - your child’s instruction is their chief responsibility. •In most instances, your child’s teacher will be a teacher from their currently assigned school.
If only a small number of students from your child’s school/grade, your child may be assigned to a teacher of record who is based at another school. Your child will still be enrolled in their current school - they will just be cross-enrolled to be assigned to their teacher.
Your child will always be assigned with a cluster of peers from their current school assignment, except in the rare occurrence if your child is the only student from their grade/school to opt into the Full Remote Option. Do not worry if this arises - your child’s teacher will very intentionally build relationships to make every child feel warmly welcomed and included.
The Remote Academy is fully aligned to all other district models with content, instruction and assessment.
Students enrolled in FRA will remain even if the district moves between Models A, B, & C.
Consider your family’s health and personal dynamics.
What are your child’s needs for social interaction, consistency in the learning environment, tolerance and focus for screen time?
This opportunity is available to all students (K-12). The district will ensure tight collaboration between your child’s teacher, academic support, and the Exceptional Children (EC), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Talent Development (TD) teams to ensure all possible supports are in place based on your child’s specific needs. For example:
A student who receives EC resource services could receive their service time in any or all of the following ways, based on their IEP goals:
EC teacher pulling them into small group support for the area(s) identified in their IEP;
EC teacher co-teaching synchronous instruction with the general education teacher in order to provide extra support; and
EC teacher providing modified or alternate asynchronous instruction (explicit teaching and practice activities) to give your child repeated practice toward their goals.
Changes are strongly encouraged by March 26.
After April 1, 2021 any changes to a student's option to be in FRA or in-person learning will remain in effect for the remainder of the regular school calendar. Testing schedules beginning May 10 will be communicated.
At the end of the year, your child will default back into their currently assigned school (whether that is their home school or a school of choice).
This specific model has been selected based on the knowledge that many families want a remote option due to health concerns. Once the danger of Covid-19 has passed, we are unlikely to offer a “school within a school” remote option. However, our practices over the next year will likely lay the groundwork for a Virtual Magnet that extends to younger grades similar to our current CMS Virtual High School. We will look for input from families and schools over the course of the year, not only to inform our practice in 2020-21 but to fully inform our options moving forward.
Until we gather full information about the students who opt into this model, we cannot commit to delivering a full remote version of each magnet. It is possible if sufficient students enroll from a certain type of magnet that we may be able to deliver remote classes with a Montessori lens, or additional Arts, STEAM, or Language aspects. However, this will be dependent upon student and staff numbers, and you will need to return to the in-person model to fully participate in the magnet.
By registering for the Remote Academy, please understand that you forgo some theme-specific experiences for the duration of your participation in the Academy. However, your child’s placement at that Magnet school is protected, and they will default back into their Magnet assignment at the end of the year if you do not exit sooner.
When the magnet process opens for the 2021-22 school year you will have full access to all CMS magnet options as you would from any other school.
We understand that there are certain programs - primarily language programs - that require students to maintain a level of practice and exposure. We will work with the Office of Magnet Programs and School Choice as well as your child’s school to ensure that these needs are provided.
Full Remote Academy-FAQ-Spanish.pdf
Full Remote Academy-FAQ-French.pdf
Full Remote Academy-FAQ-Portuguese.pdf
Full Remote Academy-FAQ-Nepali.pdf
Full Remote Academy-FAQ-Burmese.pdf