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    Learning Models

    Parent Choice 1:
    School Based Instruction
                    Face to Face Model (low disease activity)
                    Hybrid Model (medium disease activity)
                    eLearning Model (high disease activity)

    School Based Instruction: Face to Face Model
    (Low Disease Activity)
    Buildings Open - Students attend school five (5) days per week and receive face-to-face instruction. Preventative practices and health and safety guidelines will be followed.

    Face-to-Face Health & Safety Precautions

    • Staff, students, and visitors required to wear a face covering
    • Social distancing cannot be guaranteed
    • Classroom and bus capacity is not limited
    • Frequent cleaning
    • Frequent hand washing and increased hand sanitizing stations
    • Increased signage
    • Increased supervision during limited transitions
    • Visitors by appointment only
    • Temperature screenings for all visitors
    • Bottle filling stations; no water fountains
    • Limit transitions to avoid group gatherings
    • Virtual events such as Meet the Teacher, Open House, Awards Ceremonies, field trips, academic competitions, etc.
    • Breakfast and lunch served in the classroom
    • No use of playground equipment or lockers
    • Updated protocols for sick students and staff

     Face-to-Face Instruction

    • Differentiated grouping based on student needs
    • Hands-on learning
    • Direct instruction
    • Limit sharing of supplies (i.e. devices, books, learning tools, supplies, etc.)
    • Teachers, school counselors, mental health counselors, school psychologists, and administrators will provide socialemotional support regularly.

    School Based Instruction: Hybrid Model
    (
    Medium Disease Activity)
    School Buildings Open - Students receive face-to-face, instruction two days/week (M/T or W/Th) & three days of eLearning at home. Preventative practices and health and safety guidelines will be followed.

    Hybrid Health & Safety Precautions

    • Staff, students, and visitors required to wear a face covering
    • Social distancing cannot be guaranteed
    • Classroom and bus capacity is reduced for spaced seating
    • Frequent cleaning
    • Frequent hand washing and increased hand sanitizing stations
    • Increased signage
    • Increased supervision during limited transitions
    • Visitors by appointment only
    • Temperature screenings for all visitors
    • Bottle filling stations; no water fountains
    • Virtual events such as Meet the Teacher, Open House, Awards Ceremonies, field trips, academic competitions, etc.
    • Breakfast and lunch served in the classroom
    • No use of playground equipment or lockers
    • Updated protocols for sick students and staff

    Hybrid Instruction:

    Face-to-Face – Two Days

    • Differentiated grouping based on student needs
    • Hands-on learning
    • Limit sharing of supplies (i.e. devices, books, learning tools, supplies, etc.)
    • Teachers, school counselors, mental health counselors, school psychologists, and administrators will provide social-emotional support regularly

     eLearning - Three Days

    • Teachers, school counselors, mental health counselors, school psychologists, and administrators will provide social-emotional support regularly
    • Use of instructional software, online tools, and recorded lessons
    • Continuation of learning based on face-to-face instruction
    • Virtual collaboration opportunities
    • Daily attendance taken
    • Fridays: Teachers provide online “live” sessions for students via Microsoft Teams at designated times

    School Based Instruction: eLearning Model
    (
    High Disease Activity)
    School Buildings Closed for Students - Students will utilize eLearning at home until disease activity level allows a return to hybrid or face-to-face model.

    eLearning Health & Safety Precautions

    • Staff and visitors required to wear a face covering
    • Frequent cleaning
    • Frequent hand washing and increased hand sanitizing stations
    • Increased signage
    • Visitors by appointment only
    • Temperature screenings for all visitors
    • Bottle filling stations; no water fountains
    • Avoid group gatherings
    • Virtual events such as Meet the Teacher, Open House, Awards Ceremonies, field trips, academic competitions, etc.
    • Feeding program for all students will continue
    • Updated protocols for sick staff

     eLearning Days

    • Teachers, school counselors, mental health counselors, school psychologists, and administrators will provide social-emotional support regularly
    • IEP goals will be maintained
    • Use of instructional software and online tools
    • Virtual collaboration opportunities
    • Teachers provide daily online “live” sessions for all students via Microsoft Teams following the regular student schedule
    • Use of instructional software, online tools, and recorded lessons
    • Daily attendance is taken

    Extended Day/Wrap-Around Care (Grades K-5)
    All who are utilizing the program are expected to pay for the services on a weekly basis, and transportation is the responsibility of the family.

    Face-to-Face

    • Operate traditional schedule (1:40 pm – 6:00 pm)
    • Social distancing cannot be guaranteed

    Hybrid

    • Provide wrap-around services for students on a Hybrid Learning Model
    • Includes 3 full days (7 am – 6:00 pm) and 2 days from (1:40 pm – 6:00 pm)
    • Cap enrollment at each elementary site (150 students max)
    • Social distancing cannot be guaranteed

    eLearning

    • Wrap-around services may be provided for K-5 students of full-time employees reporting to buildings • Includes 5 full days (7:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    • Social distancing cannot be guaranteed

    Health & Safety protocols will follow those outlined in the instructional models.

     

    Parent Choice 2:
    DDTwo Virtual Academy
    100% online learning for students

    In response to the needs of our community, Dorchester School District Two will offer a full-time Virtual Academy (DDTwoVA) for grades 5K-12. Whether you are looking for an alternative to the traditional classroom during these uncertain times or a way to balance other scheduling concerns, the dynamic learning experiences available through DDTwoVA offer a viable option to meet the needs of your student(s). As a full-time online public 5K-12th grade program, the DDTwoVA offers quality curriculum and instruction for all students enrolled in a Dorchester District Two school. It is important to note the following points about DDTwoVA:

    • There is no additional cost other than the regular school registration fee and the new technology fee.
    • Students must be enrolled in a DDTwo school.
    • Students may enroll including those with an IEP, 504, GT, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, etc.
    • Students must attend live virtual (synchronous) classes on a daily basis with course specific certified teachers as well as scheduled personalized conferences.
    • Students must complete independent (asynchronous) activities and assignments as assigned.
    • Attendance will be taken for each class following state regulations.
    • Students will follow the DDTwo instructional calendar.
    • Students will participate in district, state, and national assessments.
    • Students may participate in after school extracurricular activities in the school where they are enrolled with parents providing transportation to and from after school events.
    • Fine Arts and other elective classes will be offered based on course requests.
    • Students will be taught by state certified teachers. Depending on course requests at the high school level, teachers outside of DDTwo may be used (Dual Credit, ECPI, VirtualSC, etc).
      Full-year commitment:
      o If a family requests a transfer back to a traditional instructional setting before or at the semester break (January), we will work for a mid-year transition, if appropriate space is available.
    • Parents/guardians must create a work environment at home for their child so they can successfully learn virtually.
      Parents/guardians will be required to maintain open communication with teachers and staff.

    Applying for enrollment in DDTwoVA is a two-step process. Once registration opens for 2020-2021, all new and returning students to Dorchester School District Two must also complete the online registration for their zoned school of residence at https://www.ddtwo.org/2020 in addition to completing the DDTwo Virtual Academy enrollment application. The DDTwoVA application process will remain open through 11:59 pm on Monday, August 10, 2020 and will be shared via social media and the district website. If you have additional questions, you can submit them at DDTwoVA@dorchester2.k12.sc.us.

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a link to the DDTwoVA enrollment application can be found on the DDTwo Virtual Academy website at https://www.ddtwo.org/VA.