Full-Time Distance Learning Model

In this model, students in all grade levels would engage in both online, synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning 4 days per week, Tuesday through Friday. Mondays would give teachers time for planning and also for small-group interventions conducted synchronously, as necessary. All students will participate in independent/asynchronous learning on Monday.

New instructional content will be offered to all students, attendance will be required, and student work will be graded. Middle and high school students will participate in courses which they selected in early spring. At the high school level, APS expects to be able to enroll students in the majority of APS core and elective courses. It is important to note that there are some limitations based on student interest and our ability to provide appropriate staffing for each course. While APS will do everything possible to offer Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Dual Enrollment (DE) classes virtually, these classes are not guaranteed and will depend on many factors including the number of students who opt for the distance model. Some specialized programs and course offerings may not be supported, such as those with significant lab or in-person participation requirements, and certain career and technical education (CTE) courses. Students may choose to take courses not offered through APS via an outside online provider like Virtual Virginia.

Full-time distance learning is available for students in high-risk health categories or who are not comfortable returning to school in-person.

graphic representation of virtual instruction model

ELEMENTARY MIDDLE HIGH
  • Total direct/synchronous instruction time will be similar to the hybrid model
  • Language Arts, math, science, social studies, and specials (Art, Music, PE)
  • Additional instruction provided for English Learners, as required
  • Additional instruction and specialized services provided for Special Education students based on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Students receive weekly Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons
  • Daily office hours with counselors, social workers and psychologists by appointment
  • Total direct/synchronous instruction time will be similar to the hybrid model
  • Additional instruction provided for English Learners, as required
  • Additional instruction and specialized services  provided for Special Education students based on IEPs
  • Students receive weekly Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons
  • Daily office hours with counselors, social workers and psychologists by appointment
  • Instruction time will meet all VDOE graduation requirements
  • Students enroll in online courses offered by APS teachers and outside course providers
  • Schedules per course vary
  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and 504 Plans
  • Additional instruction provided for English Learners, as required
  • Additional instruction and specialized services  provided for Special Education students based on IEPs
  • Special Education case carriers ensure accommodations are being provided
  • Site-based staff will serve as course mentors to assist with appropriate pacing and assignment completion
  • Students receive weekly Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons
  • Daily office hours with counselors, social workers and psychologists by appointment
  • Special Education services will be provided both in person and virtually to meet IEP hours to every extent possible.
  • IEP teams will meet in the fall to make any adjustments to services or accommodations needed to access distance learning.