• For questions about specific building reentry plans, please visit our Building Reentry page here.

    Process to Enroll in Virtual Learning

    Do my choices on the survey questions lock me into those answers?
    No, however, responding with your preferred choice at this time will give us information that will allow us to properly prepare for the upcoming school year. 

    When do I have to make my final decision on whether my child will attend in person or virtual learning?
    August 12th is the date the District requires parents to make the decision on whether they choose in person or virtual instruction in order to start school without any delays on August 24th. That selection will remain in effect until the end of the semester unless a medical exemption is approved.

    What are the choices available to families now?
    Families have the option to choose either in-person instruction or full time virtual. 

    If in-person instruction is chosen, the District Primary Plan will be full time, in-person instruction, 5-days a week beginning August 24th. The District has an alternate hybrid plan that has in-person and virtual instruction (District Alternate Plan A), and a plan that moves in-person learning to full virtual (District Alternate Plan B). These plans are not options for families to choose, but plans that will be enacted by the District, if necessary, based upon information and recommendations from the St. Charles County Department of Public Health.

    If the virtual learning option is chosen, the district will provide the learning resources necessary for students to start instruction by August 24th. 

    Is there a hybrid option for students? 
    There is not a hybrid “option” for families to choose. However, the District has an alternate plan to go to a hybrid (partial in person /virtual) plan that could be implemented based upon information/recommendations from the St. Charles County Department of Public Health or the State of Missouri. 

    If I change my mind on what type of instruction I want for my child before the school year starts, who should I contact? 
    Contact your student’s school office by August 12th.

    Can my child go virtual for their regular, traditional school classes but attend in person for programs like the Lewis & Clark Career Center and St. Charles CAPS program?
    If a student chooses the virtual learning option, and they are also accepted into a program at Lewis and Clark or CAPS, then they should plan to attend these special programs in-person. Lewis and Clark and the CAPS program are not currently available virtually. 


    Virtual Learning Logistics - What to Expect

    Success in Virtual Courses:

    While each student is truly unique in his/her learning needs, we have found the following student skills to be important for success in virtual courses:

    • Elementary students will require adult support and supervision in order to be successful with virtual instruction.
    • Secondary students will benefit from adult support but are expected to demonstrate the ability to complete work independently.  Parents and guardians will be responsible for monitoring students’ grades and progress. 
      The student has demonstrated time-management skills that indicate the student is capable of submitting assignments and completing course requirements.
    • The student has demonstrated persistence in overcoming obstacles and willingness to seek assistance when needed.
    • The student has demonstrated verbal and written communication skills that would allow the student to succeed in an environment where the instructor may provide nonverbal cues to support the student’s understanding.
    • The student has the necessary computer and/or technical skills to succeed in a virtual course.
    • The student has shown success in a virtual environment and/or his/her work habits indicate probable success in a virtual environment.
    • Each student must have access to technology resources.  This includes a strong internet connection, as well as an appropriate technology device with video capabilities such as a desktop computer, laptop computer, or Chromebook. If you are in need of technology resources in order for your child to access virtual instruction, please contact your school.

    Who will teach my student, and what will it look like?
    Whenever possible, we will use an SCSD teacher. However, there may be times when we have to partner with other Missouri certified teachers to provide the virtual instruction. The courses will follow our SCSD curriculum and students will be provided with the appropriate instructional materials to support the course. If needed, Chromebooks will be provided. The instruction will follow a virtual school day and will include a combination of synchronous (live with the teacher at a specific time) and asynchronous (on-demand options) learning through live instruction and/or meetings with the teacher, recorded instruction that can be accessed anytime, virtual activities, and traditional independent practice (i.e. reading, writing, assignments, projects, etc.). Feedback will be given by the teacher and regular grading/assessment will occur. Younger students will need support from their parent/caregiver to access virtual learning, support independent practice, and keep students appropriately engaged in the virtual learning. 

    What daily time expectations will my student have with virtual learning?
    The time expected for a student to participate in virtual learning will be similar to a typical, in-person school day. Students should expect instructional engagement for approximately 6 hours per day through a combination of live and pre-recorded lessons, virtual activities, and independent practice (i.e. traditional homework, reading, and assignments). Live screen time for students will only be a portion of the 6 hour day with the remainder of the time spent for independent work time to complete assigned activities and independent work.

    How will turning in assignments, grading, and testing be handled in the virtual learning option?All of the learning activities, including assignments and testing, will be done virtually. Testing and other assessments will also be done virtually. 

    If we choose virtual education for my child, will he/she be required to take state administered assessments like the MAP, End of Course exams, etc.?
    Yes, all students enrolled in public schools are required to take state mandated assessments (MAP/EOC) in grades 3-12.  The virtual students may also need to take the state assessments in person on campus.  The District will follow administrative directives and testing protocols from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  More information will be shared once it is released by the state.

    What will class sizes be like in the virtual learning setting? 
    The District will do it’s best to adhere to Board regulation IHB-R1.regarding class size for both virtual and in-person options.

    Will my child continue to be enrolled in his/her local school while accessing the 100% virtual learning option?
    Yes, at this time, they would technically be enrolled in their current school, however the option to access virtual learning must be for the entire semester. If the need becomes great enough, the District may create a stand-alone virtual school to which all virtual students would be assigned.

    How are IEPs addressed in virtual learning?
    If the parent chooses the virtual option for their student, then the IEP team will meet (virtually) to discuss how to best deliver the services that the student needs in order to make progress on their IEP goals. This will look different for each student with an IEP that chooses the virtual option so we will need to make service delivery decisions as a team with the parent and necessary school staff. For families that choose virtual learning, your student’s case manager will contact you closer to the beginning of the school year to set up an IEP meeting to discuss appropriate services and any changes that need to be made to the IEP.

    Will my student still receive programs such as gifted education, remedial reading, ELL, etc. if we enroll them in the virtual option?
    Yes. Students would be able to access programs to meet these specific needs in a virtual format. 

    Will students receive Chromebooks to use for virtual learning?
    Yes. If students enroll in the District’s virtual learning option, students will be able to check out a Chromebook for this purpose. 

    Will students receive instructional materials (ie. books, workbooks, etc.) if virtual is chosen?Students will be provided with the instructional resources needed to complete learning objectives. This may or may not include traditional workbooks, textbooks, etc. Many virtual learning resources will be provided and/or accessed online. Families will want to have traditional school supplies at home to complete standard assignments.

    Can students participate in high school activities/athletics if they are enrolled in virtual instruction? 
    According to MSHSAA guidelines, students can choose virtual instruction and still be eligible to participate in high school activities/athletics. However, if the District goes to all/full virtual programming for the entire district due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our high school teams will not be able to continue to participate in games/practices.

    Clubs and activities will not be provided below grade 9 during the fall semester and will be re-evaluated for the spring term.

    Will early childhood (ECC) tuition be reduced if virtual learning is chosen / enforced due to the spread of COVID-19?
    Preschool will only be offered in-person, unless the District is forced to go to full virtual instruction due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the case of a full closure, some virtual programming would be made available to preschool students at a reduced rate of tuition. 

    I have questions regarding specific details to the virtual instructional choice that have not been addressed, what should I do?
    More specific information will be sent out from the District within the next few weeks as things progress and develop. Final logistics and plans are dependent upon the survey responses from families to determine appropriate staffing, resources, and other details. The District will also confirm virtual enrollment with each family, so questions can be posed at that time. 

    In-person Learning Logistics - What to Expect

    I have questions regarding specific details on how the logistics of in person learning looks like in my child’s individual school.
    District administration and principals are collaborating/meeting to finalize specific logistics during the school day. Each principal is creating a building-specific plan which will be sent to families when they are completed. Building-specific questions can be directed to the school principals. The District will emphasize student health and safety as these plans are developed. Below are some guidelines that schools will follow:

    All staff will be using a self-screening checklist of symptoms on a daily basis. They will, in turn, be teaching students to use this same type of self-check daily prior to coming to school or getting on a bus.

    Social distancing will be practiced to the extent it is possible. Students will social distance while in line for restrooms, waiting for breakfast or lunch, or moving within the building. All students will have assigned seats in classrooms. School staff will be wearing masks unless they are clearly in areas where individuals are all six feet or further apart. Students will also be expected/mandated to wear masks (grade level appropriateness is still being determined) during the school day. Food service, transportation, and nursing staff will wear masks at all times. Hand sanitizing stations have been added in each school building, and hand-washing will be emphasized. 

    School nurses will be provided with appropriate PPE, and school clinics will have distinct areas for routine visits (medication pick-up/drop-off, etc.), use of inhalers or other medication administration, and for students showing signs of illness. 

    School facilities staff will be cleaning throughout the day, and then after each school day ends, with emphasis on ensuring high-touch surfaces being disinfected. 

    On buses all students will have assigned seating and no more than 2 students will be allowed in the same seat. Students will only be allowed to ride the bus to which they are assigned. No bus passes to other routes will be allowed. Each bus is equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser, and buses will be disinfected twice daily. Students are highly encouraged to wear masks while on buses; drivers and monitors will all be wearing masks. Parents are encouraged to provide private transportation if possible to further reduce the loads on buses. Pick-up and drop-off patterns will mainly be the same at school buildings, however, school staff will be actively directing students to assist with social distancing while loading/unloading buses and in the parent pick-up lines. 

    The District will need the help of parents to help students make good decisions while waiting at bus stops or walking to and from school. Parents/families can also help us keep everyone healthy by limiting visits to schools; no other visitors will be allowed at this time. 

    Elementary In-Person Logistics

    When do I have to make a decision of in-person or virtual learning for my child(ren)?
    August 12th is the date the District requires parents to make the decision on whether they choose in person or virtual instruction in order to start school without any delays on August 24th. That selection will remain in effect until the end of the semester unless a medical exemption is approved.

    When will I be able to see my school’s individual plan?
    Building principals are currently in the process of finalizing their school’s reentry plan. When they are completed, principals will send out the plans to their school’s parents.

    Who will be required to wear masks in the buildings?
    As of now, ALL STAFF and ALL STUDENTS are required to wear masks when they are within 6 feet of another person. The District will be providing reusable/washable face masks/ gaiters to all staff and students. If a staff member or student forgets their issued face covering, the District can provide a disposable mask for the day. We suggest students keep extra face coverings at school in case they are needed.

    Will there be cleaning stations?
    The District has installed additional hand sanitizer stations in all schools. 

    Will students be able to use water fountains? 
    Students will not be allowed to drink directly from water fountains, but they will be able to fill water bottles at water bottle stations.

    What will District bus transportation look like?
    All students will have assigned seating and no more than 2 students will be allowed in the same seat. Students will only be allowed to ride the bus to which they are assigned. No bus passes to other routes will be allowed. Each bus is equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser, and buses will be disinfected twice daily. Students are expected/ mandated to wear masks while on buses; drivers and monitors will all be wearing masks. Kids who don't have a mask will be given a disposable one before getting on the bus.

    Parents are encouraged to provide private transportation if possible to further reduce the loads on buses. Pick-up and drop-off patterns will mainly be the same at school buildings, however, school staff will be actively directing students to assist with social distancing while loading/unloading buses and in the parent pick-up lines.

    What will arrival look like?
    Buses will be unloaded one at a time. Students will arrive and go straight to their classrooms. Upon arrival, students should have their face covering in use. Any student who opts for breakfast will get a grab and go breakfast bag and head to their classroom (some instances of social distanced breakfast in cafeterias could be used). 

    What will classrooms look like?
    Each classroom will be considered a “cohort”- they learn, play, eat and interact with each other. Students will be spread out and have assigned seats. Furniture that is unnecessary (ie. couches, reading nooks, etc.) should be removed by teachers to help create space. Tables could be in use with proper spacing. 

    Can playground equipment be used?
    Playground equipment can be used by our students. Equipment will be sanitized after each play period and, when possible, play groups will be kept within classroom cohorts.

    Will visitors/volunteers be allowed in schools?
    Visitors/volunteers will not be allowed in schools. We ask that parents stay in their car when dropping off and a staff member will escort the student into/ out of the building. 

    Will there be assemblies or events?
    There will be no morning assemblies in buildings, no field trips, and, at this current time, no after school activities or clubs. Classrooms may have holiday parties that involve activities, but there will not be room parents in attendance or communal snacks.