K-12 Learning Options for 2020-2021

3 learning options. option A is traditional school. option b is aggie blended academy. option c is aggie virtual academy.

  • Option A: Traditional School, On-Campus Learning

    The student reports to school daily. If a student has to be out due to quarantine or if a campus has to temporarily close due to COVID-19, the student switches to short-term blended learning and returns to campus when healthy.

    • On-campus

    • Quality in-person instruction delivered by a teacher from his/her school

    • Classrooms socially distanced to the best extent possible

    • Wear masks in accordance with public health orders

    • Strategies in place to mitigate the spread of virus

    • If the student has to switch to blended:
      • Remains in the same class with the same teacher(s)
      • Participates virtually (assignments graded)

  • Option B: Aggie Blended Academy

    The student participates in a traditional class schedule from home during the school day. Instruction is provided by Sylacauga City Schools staff.

    • Students will follow traditional school day from home at the times indicated on their class schedule

    • Students will login at a scheduled time for each class and breaks will be provided throughout the day

    • Each school’s blended model will vary based on grade level and learning objectives

    • Depending on the school and class, there could be students physically in the class and other students joining remotely at the same time

    • Quality, virtual instruction administered by SCS teachers during designated school hours

    • Student learning from home may still participate in athletics or select electives/activities but must attend scheduled classes at their school (for example, athletes must attend Strength and Conditioning class on campus or band members must attend on-campus course and participate in practice after school)

    • Students must participate in all classroom tests (as required by the teacher) and state standardized assessments in the classroom as scheduled by the principal

    • Parent and student must sign an agreement at the school level to participate in this option


  • Option C: Aggie Virtual Academy

    The student participates in all courses using one of our virtual platforms.

    • Courses online using Alabama State Department of Education approved curriculum

    • Students expected to work independently and take ownership of their learning

    • Assignments and tests will be graded and students will receive progress feedback from school administrators

    • Elective and advanced options may be limited

    • Students must participate in school-wide and state standardized assessments on campus

    • Students learning through our virtual program may still participate in athletics or select electives/activities, but must attend scheduled classes (for example, athletes must attend Strength and Conditioning class on campus or band members must attend on-campus course and participate in practice after school)

    • Parent and student must sign an agreement at the school level to participate in this option

  • Things to consider when deciding on traditional versus online options for your child:

    • Do you have a reliable internet connection? If not, you would choose traditional.

    • Virtual options will be standards-based, rigorous and graded; very different from the basic instruction offered at the end of last school year. Can your child adapt to this rigor?

    • Can your child follow routines from home? Do they need structure and routines?

    • How did your child do at home during the spring? Were they able to adjust to learning from home and focus on their schoolwork?

    • Is your child social and prefers to be around his/her peers?

    • Does your child have specific learning needs such as an RTI plan, IEP, or 504?
Venn Diagram of the three learning options: traditional, blended, and virtual