Reopening - Frequently Asked Questions

Reopening - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs Regarding 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan

I am interested in enrolling my student in the Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy. How do I get started? 
Parents/guardians interested in enrolling a student in the Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy should reach out to Mr. Mark Elphinstone, Cyber Academy Coordinator, at [email protected]. Mr. Elphinstone will work with the parent/guardian, student, building principal, and school counselor to ensure that the student is enrolled in the Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy. 
 
Will students be able to transition between the three education options if the option we initially choose is not working for the student?  
Yes. Keystone Oaks will be as flexibile as possible in allowing students to transiton between education options. Parents/guardians who are interested in switching options should reach out to the building principal directly to make arrangements. For those looking to enroll in the Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy, or change from the Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy to In-Person Instruction or Online Synchronous Instruction, the transition should be able to happen within a few business days. The transition from In-Person Instruction to Online Synchronous Instruction or vice versa should be able to happen within one business day. 
 
If I choose an online option for my student, will my student be able to participate in orchestra and band lessons?  
Yes. Because Keystone Oaks is offering an Online Synchronous learning option, students will be able to participate in lessons via a live Google Meet link. Since Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy provides asynchronous learning, students will not have to be online at a specific time, giving them the flexibility to participate in music lessons with their Keystone Oaks teacher. 
 
If I choose Online Synchronous Instruction for my student, how will they receive the materials (art supplies, instruments, etc.) to complete lessons at home? 
Once Keystone Oaks determines enrollment in the three educational options for the 2020-2021 school year, the District will explore the possiblity of supplying online students with the supplies necessary to participate in lessons at home. Parents/guardians may have to physically pick up supplies from the school for students to use at home. 
 
If I choose one of the online learning options for my student, will they continue to receive support services?  
If you select Online Synchronous Learning for your student, your student will continue to receive support services via Google Classroom, Google Meet sessions, etc. 
 
If you enroll your student in the Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy, the Cyber Academy Coordinator and building principal will work with each family and student on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the student's needs are being met.  
 
If I choose In-Person Instruction for my student, what does it mean that they will attend school between two and five days per week?  
Once Keystone Oaks School District collects enrollment numbers for the three educational options, the District will be able to see how many students chose In-Person Instruction and will be able to determine if, based on the number of students that will be in the building, health and safety measures can be maintained. 
 
In order to limit class sizes, the total number of students in the building, and to allow for additional space on school buses, the District may consider splitting the number of students who select In-Person Instruction in half. When students are not in the building, they would be participating in Online Synchronous Instruction. 
 
If I choose Online Synchronous Instruction for my student, does that mean that they will be on a computer for the duration of a school day? 
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has not granted school districts a waiver on the required number of school days and hours of instruction that students must fulfill. This means that students must attend school for 180 days; elementary students must complete 900 hours of instruction and secondary students must complete 990 hours of instruction. 
 
Students who are participating in Online Synchronous Instruction would participate in classrooms lessons via Google Meet for the duration of the school day.  
 
Will my student have a dedicated online teacher or will my student be participating in classes with a classroom teacher? 
Based on how many students from each grade level are enrolled in Online Synchronous Learning, Keystone Oaks is looking into the possibility of dedicating a classroom teacher solely to students enrolled in online learning. If this is not possible, students would then participate in classes by watching the classroom teacher. 
 
Will my student be able to interact and connect with other students? 
Yes! A subcommittee of the District's Recovery Team is focused on supporting the social emotional needs of students and staff members. We are working to set up social opportunities for students to connect with other online learners as well as with their classmates who are participating in In-Person Instruction.  
 
Will students and staff members have to wear masks all day in the building?  
As per the July 1, 2020 order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, face coverings must be worn by students or staff in the buildings when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. The order includes the following as it relates to students: 
  • All students must wear a face covering (cloth mask or face shield) that covers their nose and mouth inside the school and while outside when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • Children two years and older are required to wear a face covering unless they have a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student's health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team.
  • Teach students and families how to properly wear a face covering (cover nose and mouth), to maintain hand hygiene when removing the face covering for meals and physical activity, and how to replace and maintain (washing regularly) a cloth face covering.
  • Schools should provide face covering breaks throughout the day. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet during these face covering breaks. Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:
    • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart;
    • Seated at desks or assigned workspaces at least 6 feet apart;
    • Engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart (e.g., face covering breaks, recess, etc.); or
    • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.
  • Transparent face coverings provide the opportunity for more visual cues and should be especially considered as an alternative for younger students, students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and their teachers.

Click here to read full order on the Department of Education's website

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