Middle school virtual schedules seek to provide as much similarity with in-person schedules and routines as possible in order to ease the eventual transition back to in-person instruction. Considering this, middle schools will maintain an odd/even rotating day schedule in which students will participate in four classes per day. Additionally, students will have individualized academic and social-emotional support met through daily virtual advisory sessions provided by teachers and support staff. (NOTE: All middle schools will operate on the same time schedule in a virtual setting. Tomahawk Creek will return to its normal start time for in-person learning.)
All middle school classes will remain consistent in providing approximately 30 minutes of virtual face-to-face instruction per class per day. (There may be exceptions to this criteria, i.e. assessments, essay writing, etc. Likewise, there may be exceptions where lessons last longer than 30 minutes.) This face-to-face instructional time will occur at the beginning of each scheduled class. Instruction will occur through the Canvas learning management system. The remaining class time will allow students independent study and work time as well as access to small-group or individualized time with their teacher. As with in-person learning, students are expected to attend their virtual class meeting times; however, each lesson will be recorded and uploaded to the classroom teacher’s Canvas page so that students can revisit that content if needed and to account for necessary absences. As per Virginia Department of Education guidelines, student attendance will be taken based on task completion (homework, classwork, etc.) and not by simply logging on to the virtual class meeting. Student participation in coursework and coursework completion will determine student attendance.
Each middle school will also remain consistent in providing advisory opportunities; however, where the advisory block occurs within the virtual school day may vary from school to school. These advisory blocks will provide students with academic remediation, extension activities, and lessons/activities designed to promote social-emotional care and support for students.
Below is a sample of how a middle school schedule might look. (School-specific iterations will be communicated by the principal.)
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