Secondary Virtual Learning FAQs

Secondary Virtual Learning FAQs

Grades 6-12 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Virtual Learning at North Hills?
A: Virtual Learning at North Hills replaces North Hills Online Academy. It will still provide students in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to asynchronously learn North Hills curriculum taught by North Hills teachers via Google Classroom. Sixth grade students will use curriculum provided by Pearson Connexus; however, the course will be facilitated by a North Hills teacher and still be asynchronous.

Q: How can I enroll my grade 6-12 student?
A:  Contact your student’s school counselor or principal as the enrollment period for secondary students has already occurred as part of the scheduling process for the 2021-22 school year.

Q: Can my student enroll part-time in virtual courses and part-time in person?
A: Yes! However, you may be responsible for transportation to and from school depending upon the schedule created.

Q: If my student attends part-time in person, will they be required to wear a mask? What other precautions will be in place?
A: North Hills School District will follow all CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 including masking for the 2021-22 school year. Cleaning protocols and hand sanitizing stations put into place during the 2020-21 school year will remain for the 2021-22 school year throughout the district. NHSD’s Health and Safety plan for the 2021-22 school year is due to the state on July 31, at which point it will be available to the public. The plan will be up for approval by the NHSD Board of Education on Aug. 5.

Q: Who teaches the virtual learning courses?
A: Courses for grades 7-12 will be taught asynchronously by North Hills School District teachers using the district curriculum. Sixth grade courses will be facilitated asynchronously by North Hills School District teachers using the Pearson Connexus curriculum. North Hills School District teachers will be accessible to all students on a scheduled basis should they require extra help.

Q: What courses are available for a 6-8 grade student who wishes to enroll in North Hills’ virtual learning?
A: Please contact your principal for a list of courses available.

Q: What courses are currently available for a 9-12 grade student who wishes to enroll in North Hills’ virtual learning?
A: Please contact your principal for a list of courses available.

Q: Can you elaborate on the attendance policy and explain what is expected?
A: Students who attend virtual learning courses are expected to log in, participate in lessons and complete assignments on school days just as they would if they attend the district’s in-person instruction.

Q: Will virtual learning students also receive a district iPad?
A: Yes.

Q: Will the district iPads given to virtual learning students have the same apps as the iPads given to in-person students?
A: Standard apps such as Google Suite and all other class specific apps will be provided as needed for instructional purposes.

Q: Describe a typical day for a student enrolled in virtual learning classes?
A: Virtual learning courses are designed to provide some flexibility for students as all students learn differently in a structured format. However, students are expected to log in daily to participate in course work. Students will receive asynchronous instruction and designated office hours from North Hills teachers. Students should anticipate several hours of online courses as dependent upon the grade level. Online teachers will also provide students with more specifics as it relates to their class once the class begins.

Q: Is there flexibility if my student cannot complete all of the assigned lessons as per the course calendar?
A: Please contact your student’s teacher as soon as the pacing becomes a problem so that adjustments can be made.

Q: My child wants to participate in extracurricular activities as a virtual learning student. Can this occur?
A: Yes.

Q: My child has an individualized education plan. How will their accommodations be met in virtual learning courses?
A: The accommodations included in the student’s individualized education plan will be considered and met, where possible, in the online program. IEP teams will reconvene to revise SDIs to determine which are appropriate and applicable for online instruction.
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