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Parkers Chapel Learning OPTIONS

Like other school districts across the nation, the Parkers Chapel School District has been exploring multiple teaching and learning options for the upcoming school year. We are doing everything we can to ensure all students continue to have a safe and rigorous educational environment.

We are closely monitoring guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education. There is much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still plan on opening schools on August 24. The Parkers Chapel School District is pleased to announce that we are currently developing two learning options for families. Families may choose either our Virtual Online option or our Onsite learning option. Understand that as guidance changes, so could our protocols for these two options.

ONLINE OPTION:

The PC Virtual Online is a K-12 online school option where students can participate in school by remotely accessing their classes led by their teachers. Students will receive the same level of education they would receive on campus and will also have the opportunity to be involved in Trojan extracurricular activities and events. Students will be expected to follow the same timelines for submitting classwork or taking tests as the students Onsite. Students will be required to remain in front of their computer during the entire class time to be considered Present.

Families who choose the Virtual option will not be able to switch to the Onsite option, until the completion of the Nine Week grading period, unless there are special circumstances that must be approved by the Virtual Online committee. This will help us plan for transportation, dining services, and spacing in the classrooms. Parents will need to monitor the progress of their child to ensure that they are progressing at an appropriate rate. Parents will need to be educated on how to submit work for their child online. We will conduct a meeting on August 5th @ 6pm in the Auditorium. Parents need to email their campus Principal if they would like to attend the meeting virtually.

ONSITE OPTION:

Students will report to campus to learn, but both teachers and students will be prepared for remote learning if needed due to illness or inclement weather. Temporary use of the Online option will be available for emergency illnesses. This option must be approved by the Principal

While students are on campus, we will use the safety precautions recommended by ADH to limit the spread of COVID-19. Based on current guidelines, we will be taking the following precautions.

Face Coverings:

All students (K-12 grade) and staff will wear a face covering, supplied by parents, when riding a school bus or district transportation.

All students 5th grade to 12th grade and staff will wear a face covering, supplied by parents, on campus while travelling to and from the classroom seats or the cafeteria seat. Basic rule: If your feet are moving, student will wear a face covering.

All students Kindergarten to 4th grade and staff will wear a face covering, supplied by parents, on campus when moving outside their grade level pod (ie. To restrooms, cafeteria, activity, etc)

Students and staff may remove the face covering while seated in the cafeteria eating meals or snacks or while seated at their desk if they are able to social distance.

Staff and presenters may remove face coverings while teaching, as long as they maintain 12 foot distancing from nearest student.

An Exemption to the wearing of a face covering will require a doctor’s statement saying that it would be detrimental to the student.

Failure to wear face masks, as determined, will lead to discipline of Dress Code.

Food Service:

Breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria at reduced capacity. For this reason, visitors will not be allowed to have meals with students. Physical spacing will be organized with proper markings to show where to line up and sit.

Proper sanitation of all areas will be completed after each meal.

Procedures will not allow students to pick up utensils, self-serve, or share food. Parents are encouraged to open an online paymentaccount for student meals HERE so that cash is not exchanged.

Please send a water bottle with your child as water fountains will not be readily available.

Health Screening Protocols:

Parents will be expected to screen their children prior to sending them to school each day. Please keep child home if any of the following have happened:

  • Have had fever of 100.4°F or greater in the last 2 days
  • Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
  • Have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that parents follow thru on screening their children prior to sending them to school. By keeping any child with a fever home, you minimize the possibility of spreading the virus and disrupting the school year with a potential forced closing due to exposure.

Students who enter the building after 8am must be screened by school nurse before entering.

Staff will self-check screen before entering the building each day.

All visitors entering the building will be screened prior to entering the facility. Entry to the building will be limited to admit only for essential business.

One thing we’ve learned throughout this COVID-19 pandemic is guidance is subject to change. We will continue to send you updates as more information becomes available. If you should have any questions regarding the reopening of schools, you can submit those to the Superintendent at whitem@parkerschapelschool.com. You can also view our FAQ document, which will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

PC ACADEMY OPTION:

The PC Academy is a program that involves the use of self-paced online coursework. Utilizing platforms, such as APEX, Lincoln Learning, Virtual Arkansas, or other programs selected by the District, where the student can do coursework online at their own pace.

The student will be assigned “packets” of work to master. A new “packet” will not be offered to the student until mastery of the previous “packet”. At the completion of the required coursework, a final cumulative exam will be given to the student. To get credit for the coursework, the student MUST pass the cumulative exam.

The cost for the PC Academy is a non-refundable $25 fee per semester. The fee will be collected prior to enrollment in the Academy.

The Parent takes on the responsibility of ensuring that the student is progressing at an appropriate rate for completion of the course.

It is recommended that a commitment to the PC Academy be long-term. Movement back and forth to “regular” school from the Academy could be detrimental for the student, leaving gaps in their learning.

All students will be required to participate in State Assessments on campus at the appropriate scheduled time.

For attendance purposes, students/parents will check-in with the PC Academy facilitator each day by email, stating the amount of time the student spent on classwork the previous day. The student will be marked present for the previous day only. All attendance policies are still in effect for Academy students.