At a special called meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Union County Board of Education approved changes to the reopening plans for K-5 students. Families will be required to choose between Plan A or Plan D. Plan A includes the option of 4 days of in-person instruction with Friday as a remote learning day, and Plan D is fully virtual. Plan D includes a Spanish DLI Academy for K-5 students currently enrolled in a DLI program. There are no changes to the instructional model for Mandarin immersion students.
In order to accommodate the Spanish DLI Virtual Academy, the following model will be implemented for grades K-5:
- While students will remain enrolled in their home school, teachers will be staffed at the district level. Teachers are subject to change during the year due to the expected expiration or exemption of Presidential Proclamation 10014.
- The Spanish immersion model will be a 50/50 model. In most cases, students will have two teachers who provide their instruction. The model will include the designations listed below:
- Spanish - Language arts, math
- English - Language arts, science, & social studies
- Related arts such as art, music, physical education, etc. will be provided in English by each student's home school.
- Students will receive related services for AIG, ESL, EC, etc. through their home school.
- Teachers will provide a mix of live and on-demand instruction with whole group, small group, and individual components.
- Students will have access to Raz Plus and other online resources.
- Like other families who choose Plan D, the commitment is until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
- By participating in the DLI Virtual Academy, students will hold their spot in Dual Language Immersion in their school. If students return to face-to-face instruction for the 2021-2022 school year, they will still have a space in the DLI program at their school.
Resources for Parents
- DLI Virtual Academy Parent Meeting Presentation
- DLI Virtual Academy Recording
- DLI Virtual Academy Curriculum Night Recording
- Canvas will be the official source to keep up with student progress. PowerSchool will only show 9-weeks report card grades.
- Teachers will take attendance each day in PowerSchool.
- The DLI Virtual Academy will follow the UCPS Elementary Curriculum guide and pacing. Please note that this may be slightly different from the pacing in a traditional school setting.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will my child be behind his/her peers because of the 50/50 model in immersion this year?
- This is definitely a possibility. However, language proficiency is a lifelong journey and language proficiency fluctuates based on usage. Students who may start the 2021-2022 school year at a slightly lower proficiency rate than their peers will quickly gain proficiency once they are back in a true immersion setting.
- Can my child continue in the DLI program at our home school next year?
- Yes. Being in the DLI Virtual Academy holds that child's spot in the traditional DLI program for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Who do I contact if I have concerns?
- The first point of contact is always the teacher. After you have spoken with the teacher, additional concerns should be directed to your principal.
- How will my child get art, music, physical education, etc.?
- This will be coordinated by each student's home school. These "specials" teachers will provide lessons that the students can complete at home.
- What is the difference between live and on-demand instruction?
- Live instruction is when the teacher is live-streaming for the students and the students interact with the teacher in real time. On-demand instruction may include pre-recorded videos and independent activities that students are expected to complete and submit.
- Will all of the work students submit through Canvas be graded?
- In a traditional classroom, not every single assignment is graded. The same is true for the DLI Virtual Academy. Some of the assignments are only for practice, some will be graded for completion, and some will be taken for a specific grade.
- Is my student expected to be online from 7:30-2:00 each day?
- Research suggests that it is not healthy for students to be in front of a screen for many hours at a time. Students should be available for doing schoolwork from 7:30-2:00 each day, but many activities will be done on paper, and students will be provided with frequent breaks for movement, recess, lunch, etc. Students are expected to tune in for the live lessons each day. A schedule will be provided by each teacher.