Instructional Model - Plan D
Q: What is Plan D?
A: Plan D is a virtual-only instructional offering that has been made available to students by UCPS. Students in the VirtualAcademy will not attend school for in-person instruction. Instead, they will have flexibility to work at their own pace and schedule over the course of the day depending on family needs. Consistent daily schedules will include online instruction that will be a combination of both live and recorded sessions. In addition, there will be breaks and flexible times for students to meet virtually in smaller groups built into the schedule.
Q: How is Plan D different from Plan B?
A: The UCPS Virtual Academy will offer a complete education for students through a structured online curriculum. The academy will be staffed by UCPS teachers who will be providing the same quality instruction provided every day in our classrooms. To the
greatest degree possible, students will be assigned teachers from their current school. However, this may not be possible in all cases and students may be served by a teacher from a neighboring cluster area school. Regardless of the teacher assignment,
students will remain enrolled at their current school and will continue to receive updates, support, and services through school-based staff. Students in the Virtual Academy will have flexibility to work at their own pace and schedule over the course
of the day depending on family needs. Consistent daily schedules will include online instruction that will be a combination of both live and recorded sessions. In addition, there will be breaks and flexible times for students to meet virtually in smaller
groups built into the schedule. Social and emotional wellness will be taken into consideration in scheduling.
Q: How can I enroll in the Virtual Academy?
A: UCPS accepted applications for the Virtual Academy in July, and again Sept. 25 - Oct. 4 for elementary students who plan to transition to or remain in the VIrtual Academy for the remainder of the school year.
Q: Will I remain enrolled at my assigned school under Plan D?
Q: Will students with an IEP, 504, EL Plan be served under Plan D?
A: Yes. Students who have services outlined on their IEP, 504, or EL Plan will be served under Plan D by qualified service providers. Specially designed instruction will be delivered in accordance with the student’s plan. If there is an adjustment in
instructional time offered each week under virtual learning, then services will be adjusted accordingly. It is important that parents understand that the virtual option may not be the best choice for a variety of students, including those who have
difficulty in a virtual environment, those with disabilities or those who require specially designed instruction. It is important that parents understand that the virtual option may not be the best choice for students with disabilities or those who
require specially designed instruction.
Q: Will AIG students be served under Plan D?
A: Under Plan D students who are eligible will continue to receive AIG support. Once you are enrolled in the Virtual Academy, please contact your school with any questions on what to expect for your student during periods of virtual learning.
Q: What subjects/courses will be offered under Plan D?
A: All core courses in grades 2-8 and all high school courses required for graduation will be offered. Course offerings for the Virtual Academy will be built based on the needs of students who enroll. The availability of teachers and the courses that
students need will be determining factors in what is offered.
Q: If a student chooses Plan D, what is the commitment for this model?
A: The Board of Education approved updated instructional models at a special called meeting on Sept. 22. Elementary families who choose Plan D must commit to this model for the remainder of the school year. Middle and high school students will be required to assess their commitment at the end of the semester.
Q: What if I do not have access to technology?
A: Families who enroll in the Virtual Academy will be provided a UCPS device. If your family has concerns with internet access, contact your school for assistance.
Q: Can students still participate in athletics and student activities at their assigned school?
A: Yes. Students may participate in athletics and student activities at their assigned school as long as they meet all eligibility requirements.
Q: How will Exceptional Children’s (EC) students receive their accommodations during remote learning?
A: EC teachers and service providers will provide special education and related services to students with disabilities following the same timelines outlined on their IEP. When core instructional time is modified during remote learning, then special
education and related services will also be modified to reflect the change in percentage of time. Services for each student with a disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with parent input, to determine if instruction from a distance is possible and appropriate. Parents will be invited to discuss a Distance Learning Plan that will address the student’s ability to access distance learning and the mode of access most appropriate for the student. Below are several options that may be considered:
• Virtual classes: providing virtual classes on a platform that the student is accustomed to using.
• Phone calls: using a telephone call to work on an assignment aligned to an IEP goal, either online or a classroom packet. This could include a conference call including a small group of other students.
• Interactive exchange: utilizing a chat room or a shared Google Doc.
• Video with a follow up: providing students with pre-recorded instructional video and activities based on their IEP goals. Follow up with instructive feedback by means listed above.
• Assignments with teacher support: providing assignment(s) (based on IEP goals) in Canvas or paper packet that students complete and a follow-up phone call to provide instruction.