What Learning Pathways are offered at Arizona Language Preparatory?
ALP is offering both an online pathway and an in-person pathway (once schools are permitted to open).
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.
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 instruction provided in the self-paced portion of learning. The Google Classroom platform will be used to communicate and ask/answer questions.
Will students follow a typical school schedule?
Parents will have the ability to create a schedule for the students that fits 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 from the online instructor during transitions between content areas, especially for our early learners. Google Meets 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 be made for one quarter, semester, or year. 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.
Will there be any further delays in re-opening the school for in-person learning? When will we know?
The Governor’s June 29 Executive Order indicated that in-person learning could not begin until August 17th. ALP is committed to opening the year online and continuing online learning through the Governor’s executive order even if extended. In-person learning is subject to further directives from the Governor and state or local conditions.
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.
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?
In compliance with Maricopa County and City and Town Guidelines, all Kindergarten students and above are required to wear face coverings in public places where persons are unable to maintain continuous social distancing. The Arizona Department of Health has established guidelines for medical exemptions to this policy which will be communicated to parents. While this requirement is in place, parents will be notified, and students will be socially distanced during the remainder of the school day or provided an optional face covering, unless a student is medically exempt from requiring such facial coverings. Face Shields are an appropriate facial covering should a mask or cloth covering not be available.
When will my child be required to wear a face covering?
Until we have other information provided from County and State our students will be required to wear a face covering – mask or face shield when they are not able to social distance from other students or staff. We are working with all our classrooms to maximize social distancing in their classroom set-ups. This will be both district and site driven. Where we can maintain that social distance, a student may not wear but must have their face covering with them. So, if a student is doing independent work at their desk or another area of the room which provides the social distancing recommendation, he or she may not wear the face covering. In addition, students may not wear the face mask if they are involved in physical activity outside while social distanced from others.
What if my child forgets their facial covering?
ALP has a limited supply of disposable face masks to provide in case of a damaged mask at school. Parents may want to purchase a pencil pouch to store additional face coverings.
What is the facial covering procedure during lunch and outdoor activity?
Where social distancing criteria is met, students may have facial coverings with them but not worn. This includes outdoor physical activity. Students will be socially distanced at lunch time, at each table, 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?
Facial covering exemptions will be permitted with medical clearance from a licensed health care provider for students and/or staff who fall under the CDC guidance of those who should not wear a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability.
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. Accommodations will be made for students who are unable to wear a mask for documented medical reasons.
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 Administration and Governing Board.
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?
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.
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 is the protocol if a student or staff member at the school tests positive for COVID-19?
If a person becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms or reports a positive COVID-19 test, the procedures listed below will be followed:
- Immediately report the situation to Renita Myers, Superintendent. Confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
- If an employee develops COVID-19 symptoms at work, the employee will be separated from all other students, staff, or visitors. Arrangements will then be made to send the employee home in a safe manner. If the employee can self-transport, the employee will be permitted to leave campus. If the employee is not able to safely self-transport, a family member, friend, or other method of transport to get the employee home will be contacted by the Office Manager. If the employee appears to be in medical distress, 911 will be called.
- If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms at school, the student will be separated from all other students and staff, except for one staff member to supervise the student. The supervising staff member will wear PPE, or a cloth face covering and always maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from the student, unless there is an emergency. The staff member will immediately notify a parent or emergency contact to pick up the student and call 911 if the student appears to be in medical distress.
- Any areas that were exposed to the symptomatic employee or student will be cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines.
- If other employees or students have been exposed to the symptomatic individual within 6 feet and for a prolonged period, the employee or parents/guardians will be notified of the potential exposure.
- Please note, the name of the individual who has become sick will not be disclosed.