Distance Learning FAQ
Q: Where can I access distance learning expectations, links, and resources?
A: All distance learning information is centrally located on our Distance Learning Document. This is the primary source for distance learning and includes links to lessons, information on office hours, video resources, and more. Please save the link to this document. It is updated daily with the most recent information.
Q: Will attendance in distance learning lessons be required?
A: The Minnesota Department of Education is requiring schools to take daily attendance of all students during this school closure time as they should be participating in the school’s distance learning.
Beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2020, we will be implementing new attendance and grading expectations through the end of the school year.
To be counted as in attendance, students will be required to complete one of the following options each week:
For this option, students will need to log in to either their Reading Egg account for students in grades K-2 or their Study Island account for students in grades 3-8. When they log in, it acts as an attendance tracker. This will need to be done each school day between hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Grades K-2: 150 minutes of Reading Eggs per week
- Grades 3-8: 150 minutes of Study Island math and 150 minutes of Study Island reading per week.
For this option, students will participate in recorded video lessons and complete an exit ticket. Exit tickets are brief, online questionnaires to assess a student’s understanding of content. Students will be expected to complete one exit tickets per week that covers all applicable subject areas (math, reading/ELA, science, and social studies). Exit tickets must be completed for the week by Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Q: If our family situation prohibits logging 2 hours on Reading Eggs or Study Island each day, can we log time on the weekend or extra time on a given day?
A: Students are expected to log in to Reading Eggs or Study Island each day, as this is how we are taking attendance. Students are required to log in between 8am -10pm daily. If they are unable to log in they should contact their teacher.
Q: Are students required to log hours on the weekend?
A: No, the hour requirements are M-F for days school would be in session.
Q: Can we break the required hours into smaller amounts of times for our children?
A: Absolutely, each student has their own ability to focus for a given time. Taking breaks is a good way to make the learning more enjoyable.
Q: Can parents substitute logging online hours for hands-on learning activities if they’re approved by and reported to the teacher?
A: Required activities include: daily practice Reading Eggs or Study Island, viewing lesson videos aired M,W,F. We also have office hours where teachers are available to meet with students, answer questions, and build on their lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Q: Can we use other online learning programs other than the ones directed by the school?
A: We encourage you to engage your student in learning on their level. Other platforms can be fun but make sure to balance that with time away from the screen.
Q: What if my family does not have access to technology and/or internet?
A: We are currently working on a plan to assure all students have access to technology. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have access to a device or internet.
Q: How grading take place during distance learning?
A: Grades will be assigned for the 4th quarter, and student report cards will be organized by subject.
If a student was passing at the end of the 3rd quarter, they will be promoted to the next grade level next school year, provided they meet their attendance requirements in the 4th quarter. If a parent feels their student has not made adequate academic progress this school year, they may request the student be retained in their current grade level for the next school year. If a student was failing at the end of the 3rd quarter, the grades from all four quarters of the school year will be averaged and a recommendation will be made by school administrators for retention or promotion. Parents/guardians of students who are recommended for retention will be contacted by the school and a tailored remediation plan through summer course work will be developed for the student.
You can find all distance learning resources and expectations for our school at https://bit.ly/3a2v0bm. This is a live document, updated with the most recent distance learning information.
Meal Services FAQ
Q: Are meals provided to students during the school closure?
A: Yes. Athlos Academy of St. Cloud will provide meals to families during our school closure. We will be bringing meals into the community and will have specific meal drop locations and times.
Families are welcome to meet our buses at specified times and locations to pick up grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches daily M-F starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For meal delivery schedule visit: https://athlosstcloud.org/access-to-meals/
Q: Are meals for any student 18 years of age and younger or only Athlos students?
A: Meals are available to all children under 18, they do not need to be an Athlos student.
Office Hours FAQ
Q: Is the office open during the school closure?
A: No, only essential school staff will be at the school during limited hours. Families should not come to the school except during specified pickup times.
Q: How do I contact the front office?
A: Front office staff are available via phone during regular school hours Monday through Friday. Any calls to the office outside of these hours will be followed up the following business day.
Q: How can I contact my child’s teacher?
A: Teachers are available via email during regular school hours. They are also available during their designated office hours which can be found in the Distance Learning Document.
School Closure Timeline FAQ
Q: When will students return to school?
A: The school closure will be extended through the end of the academic school year. We will continue to provide learning to all students through our distance learning plan.
Q: Are you still accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-2021 school year?
A: Yes, you can apply online at https://athlosstcloud.org/enroll/apply/
Q: I’d like to learn more about the school.
A: You can speak with an enrollment counselor by emailing email@example.com or calling the front office.