Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Pathways

What Learning Pathways are offered at Arizona Language Preparatory?

ALP is offering both an online pathway and an in-person pathway.

Why is a Flex Model or Hybrid Learning not being used?

In order to be eligible for state funding, a Hybrid model, (for example where half of the students attend class 2 days per week and remain at home 2 days per week with online learning), requires our schools to be open to all students five days per week and resources available. This model brings its own set of challenges and would require us to have additional space and staffing to supervise and support the students who are not in class.  Additionally, there is no strong evidence that rotational tracks of attendance mitigate COVID-19 exposures.

In Person Learning Pathway

Will students be able to maintain social distancing in the classroom? If so, how will social distancing be managed in the classroom?

Based on our current enrollment numbers, our class size should provide sufficient distancing of students. Staff will educate and remind students regularly to maintain the appropriate social distancing between individuals when feasible. Students will be positioned in classrooms to face the same direction. Social distancing in all classrooms will remain a priority. When students and staff are not able to achieve social distancing recommendations, a facial covering will be required.

Will students receive recess? How will students maintain social distancing during non-classroom activities?

Yes. K-2 and 3-6 recess schedules will be staggered and monitored. Social distancing will be reinforced. Sites will identify specific areas that can be assigned to classroom use.

Face Coverings

Will my child be required to wear a facial covering while at school? If my child has special needs, will they be exempt from this requirement? How will this be enforced?

Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-51, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering any time they are on campus with the following exceptions:

  1. when on the playground while able to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet apart from others
  2. during assigned breaks where the face-covering may be safely removed.

For children with special needs, please contact the school’s administration the individual need for accommodation.

When will my child be required to wear a face covering?

Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-51, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering any time they are on campus.

What is the facial covering procedure during lunch and outdoor activity?

During outdoor physical activity, students are not required to wear face coverings. Students will be socially distanced at lunchtime and will not require facial coverings during their time eating.

Is there a form or process to obtain an exemption to the Facial Covering policy?

The only allowable reason to not wear a face-covering is for a disability or medical condition that prevents one from wearing the face-covering.

What if a student refuses to wear a face covering or repeatedly removes the face covering despite the requirement to wear one?

Students will be placed in an online learning option if they refuse to wear masks.

What are the criteria for discontinuation of the facial covering policy?

The criteria will be based on county and state requirements in conjunction with guidance and advisement from the Administration and Governing Board.

Feeling Sick?

When should my student stay home or when will my student be sent home?

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • New-onset cough or shortness of breath
  • Muscle Aches/ chills
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Vomiting/diarrhea/nausea
  • OR Someone at home who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is waiting for test results for COVID-19
  • OR Been within 6 feet of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more

When can my student return to school after being sent home or being sick?

1. POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST*: May return after 10 days since positive test AND no fever for 24 hours (without the use of medication) AND other symptoms have resolved/improved.

2. NO COVID-19 TEST*: May return after 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND no fever for 24 hours (without the use of medication) AND other symptoms have improved OR doctor’s note indicates an alternative diagnosis.

3. NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST*: No fever for 24 hours without medication AND all other symptoms have improved.

4. EXPOSURE TO COVID-19*: May return after 14 days if there are no symptoms. If symptoms develop will need to follow positive* Covid-19 protocol starting the day symptoms develop.

*These recommendations are current as of 8/25/2020. Recommendations are subject to change as the situation evolves. For more information, please visit Maricopa County Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Positive COVID-19 Cases

Are families obligated to report a family member who tests positive for COVID-19 to the school?

HIPAA guidelines do not require families to report positive COVID-19 cases to the school.  However, we strongly encourage parents to communicate all confirmed cases and possible exposures to COVID-19.

What if a teacher or a student in my child’s classroom tests positive for COVID-19?

If we receive notice that a student or teacher has a positive test result, the whole classroom will be notified and we will notify the Maricopa Department of Health (MCDPH).  We will then conduct an immediate investigation to identify any students and staff who may have been exposed. Exposure is classified as contact with an infectious person for 10 minutes or more, less than 6 feet away. Our teachers and staff are aware of the “close contact rule” and will be doing everything they can to maintain physical distancing and to minimize close contact.  MCDPH has not at this time stated that one positive person in a classroom would indicate the need to quarantine a whole classroom – due to the “close contact rule”, however, each instance will be investigated and a determination will be made from there.  Those determined to have been in “close contact” will be notified by both the Department of Health as well as ALP. Any notification you receive will provide clear information, and instructions if follow-up actions are required. 

Online Pathway for Learning

During online instruction, will curriculum packets be available if I do not have a printer at home. 

Yes, paper packets can be arranged for pick up by appointment.

How will my child be able to participate in the online pathway during the period of school closure, if they need access to technology?

Option 1: Students may use their own personal devices from home (laptop or Chromebook with Wi-Fi access) to participate and complete virtual instruction.

Option 2: Based on availability, students may check out a school provided device to participate and complete virtual instruction. Additional information will be made available to families regarding the process of access and check-out of school devices for use at home

How frequently will students have teacher-led lessons and what platforms will be used for these? Will they be live or recorded?

Daily lessons will be pre-recorded.  Teachers will provide small group skill-based live instruction based on each student’s needs as driven by data collected from the self-paced content and other assessment protocols. Additionally, teachers will provide additional live opportunities for students to support and engage students with the curriculum, provide social & emotional learning opportunities, and to build relationships. 

Will there be a platform for students to ask questions?

Our goal is to meet the needs of all our learners.  There may be recorded lessons and/or activities used to support and supplement the instruction provided in the self-paced portion of learning. The Google Classroom platform will be used to communicate and ask/answer questions. Parents and students may also email their teachers at any time.

Will students follow a typical school schedule?

Parents will have the ability to create a schedule for the students that fit into each home’s schedule.

How many hours per day will students need access to a computer? If a student does not have access to a computer due to parents’ scheduled use, will the district be able to provide one?

Students will need access to a computer for 3-5 hours per day. While some activities can be conducted offline, they might need a computer to submit these offline assignments.

How will completed work be submitted?

Students will access work through Google Classroom, and this is where students work will be submitted.

Will there be any training provided for parents to help their children access and use Google Classroom? Who will we ask for assistance?

There will be virtual tutorials for parents which will provide necessary input to assist their child in navigating Google Classroom. 

How will live teaching be integrated with online self-paced learning?

Google Classroom will be used to house online self-paced and live opportunities. There will be live support provided by the online instructor during transitions between content areas, especially for our early learners. Zoom meetings may be used to help keep students on track, as well as support students if they are confused or need additional instruction at any time.

Will there be difficulty with students moving from the Online Pathway to the In-person option?

We ask that once a parent chooses the online option that a commitment is made for one quarter. However, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis after speaking with the principal. 

What will be the criteria for requiring classrooms or entire schools to close? How will student learning be delivered if an entire classroom or school is required to close?

School closures will be determined in conjunction with county and state health departments. Parents will be notified immediately, and a transitional-virtual learning environment will be provided for the mandated closure period.

Groups, Gatherings, and Campus Visitors

Will students gather for assemblies and school events?

No, not at this time.

Will student field trips still be allowed?

Not during the first quarter. An assessment will be made for 2nd quarter and beyond. 

Will parents be able to volunteer and/or visit classrooms?

No, not at this time.

Will visitors have to wear facial coverings?

Yes.

After School Program

Once school re-opens, will before and after school childcare be available?

Yes, after school services will resume for students enrolled in the in-person pathway and are also over the age of 5.